Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NE Times: Philly GOP Stresses NO Vote on Ballot Questions

The Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee is re­com­mend­ing “No” votes on the three ques­tions on the Nov. 4 bal­lot.
“The pro­posed bal­lot ques­tions rep­res­ent the usu­al poorly thought-out ex­pan­sion of City Hall’s bur­eau­cracy,” said ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or Joe De­Fe­lice. “More bur­eau­crats and less trans­par­ency seem to be the re­cur­ring theme of these bal­lot ques­tions.”
The first ques­tion is about mak­ing per­man­ent the Of­fice of Sus­tain­ab­il­ity while also mak­ing per­man­ent an­oth­er high-level dir­ect­or.
The second ques­tion would cre­ate a new De­part­ment of Pris­ons and Board of Trust­ees, with the head of the de­part­ment mak­ing $150,000 a year min­im­um.
The third ques­tion asks voters to al­low the city to bor­row more than $137 mil­lion for cap­it­al im­prove­ments.
“No money for schools, taxes go up and they still want to in­crease debt and hire more people. Phil­adelphia needs to vote ‘No’ across the board this Novem­ber,” De­Fe­lice said.

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