The Mayor submitted his proposed annual budget to the dark overlords of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority today.
There will be More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but we do want to riff off of one note today.
Included in the revenue estimate is $4.3 million from nonprofit organizations. The mayor said he has received verbal pledges in that amount and is seeking binding commitments.
"The reality of the state law is that now they don't have to give us a dime if they don't want to," he said of the nonprofit groups. (P-G, Rich Lord)
Two ways to skin this cat.
1) Would Luke be in favor of changing said state law? He has shown a passion for lobbying and organizing at the state level, and at least one close political friend in Harrisburg is all about changing this law.
2) The reality of city law is that we don't have to let any nonprofit build a new barbecue pit if we don't want to. So maybe we should be using that leverage to strike a more favorable accord.
UPDATE: the Burgher's back and you're gonna be in trouble, HEY LAI, HEY LAI...