The city of Philadelphia could lose even more power and influence in Harrisburg on Tuesday if State Representative Dwight Evans loses his bid to remain House Appropriations Chairman. Philadelphia’s mayor is urging the regional delegation not to break ranks and support legislators from Western Pennsylvania.
Mayor Michael Nutter says it is unbelievable to him that even some members of the city’s delegation are considering voting against Representative Dwight Evans in his effort to remain Approprations Committee Chairman.
“We want to make sure that all members of the Philadelphia delegation, the suburbs, support representative Evans and he has support across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Nutter. “Everyone knows Dwight is the go to guy and we at least want to hold on to as we see power shifting to the west we should be able to at least hold on to that,” he said.
The mayor says without Evans as Appropriations Chair there could be major state funding losses for the city and the region, and that’s why he will lobby right up until the vote to keep him in his job.