The state-picked Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is poised to reject Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's $453.8 million budget because it doesn't go far enough to cut costs and includes a tax that may not be enforceable, officials said this morning. (P-G, Rich Lord)
Wonder if the administration will take them up on their specific suggestions, or try something even more creative.
*-UPDATE: Lots of uproar over how the ICA only put forth these objections now, and I have a theory. This could be the beginning of a new phase for how the state overlords treat the Ravenstahl administration. Until now it was always, "For goodness sake, let's not embarrass the boy! He gets a lot of business done for the Governor, you know, and we can't be party to letting anyone into power who might rouse rabble and stir trouble in our colony." Now however, for the first time, Ravenstahl's political position is utterly assured -- so the ICA can forget its coddling and its "conditional approval" of a month ago, and come straight out with, "No actually, your budget is no good sir, try again only with less money this time."
**-UPDATE: As Mayo livetweets this morning's meeting:
Oy. Where to start?