Mayor Michael Nutter was drowned out by protesters and forced from the city council chambers yesterday (Thursday), when he attempted to deliver his yearly budget address. During the speech angry union protesters loudly heckled him, were blowing whistles, and displayed a number of depicting signs, one even suggesting the mayor resembles the clown Ronald McDonald.
The protest continued as crowd pour out into the streets of center city blocking traffic and causing total and ciaos for at least an hour
President and CEO of the Philadelphia-based government watchdog group, Committee of Seventy, Zack Stalberg stated, “…It was a little like the President not being able to deliver the State of the Union address and that’s impossible to imagine,”
Nutter has repeatedly said the city can’t afford packages offered by past administrations. Union officials insist the money is there. A spokesman for the mayor said the unions were unwilling to address benefit reform. The mayor’s office says it’s within its rights to appeal an arbitrator’s ruling on the firefighters’ contract.
- Mayor Michael A. Nutter delivers the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Budget and Fiscal Year 2014 – 2018 Five-Year Plan to City Council (cityofphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- Mayor Nutter Delivers New Budget To City Council Today (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Protesters outshout Nutter budget speech (philly.com)
- Nutter Does Not Expect Much Union Support When He Delivers New Budget (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)