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Mr. Nutter Goes to Washington

Mayor Nutter wants a piece of the pie from the federal bailout.

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    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says he's not asking for a bailout or handout, he's just asking for help.

    Mayor Nutter is back home after hand-delivering a letter Friday to the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., asking Congress to provide financial assistance to cities as part of the $700 billion economic bailout package for failing financial companies.

    The City of Philadelphia is facing a nearly $1 billion budget gap over the next five years prompting city budget cuts, which will close some city libraries, city pools and ice rinks, snow removal on side streets and residential street cleaning will be cut, plus 200 city employees will be laid off from their jobs.   Mayor Nutter is even taking a pay cut.
     
    The mayor co-wrote the letter with the mayors of Atlanta and Pheonix and wanted to personally deliver it. 

    “It can’t hurt,” Nutter said before getting on a train at 30th Street Station.  “We’re not asking for a hand out, just a hand up.”

    While in Washington, Nutter is met with staff at the Treasury Department and members of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to send a strong message to lawmakers in Washington that cities need help in the current economic crisis.

    Mayor Nutter is hand-delivering a letter Friday to the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., asking Congress to provide financial assistance to cities as part of the $700 billion economic bailout package for failing financial companies.

    The City of Philadelphia is facing a nearly $1 billion budget gap over the next five years prompting city budget cuts, which will close some city libraries, city pools and ice rinks, snow removal on side streets and residential street cleaning will be cut, plus 200 city employees will be laid off from their jobs.   Mayor Nutter is even taking a pay cut.
     
    The mayor co-wrote the letter with the mayors of Atlanta and Pheonix and wanted to personally deliver it. 

    “It can’t hurt,” Nutter said before getting on a train at 30th Street Station.  “We’re not asking for a hand out, just a hand up.”

    While in Washington, Nutter is meeting with staff at the Treasury Department and from President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.