“Professor” Street grades Mayor Nutter’s budget proposals

    By: Tom MacDonald

    There was an interesting guest at Thursday’s Philadelphia budget address. A former mayor, now firmly entrenched in academia, was using the speech as a teaching tool for his students.

    By: Tom MacDonald
    tmacdonald@whyy.org

    There was an interesting guest at Thursday’s Philadelphia budget address. A former mayor, now firmly entrenched in academia, was using the speech as a teaching tool for his students.

    Transcript:
    Formermayor, now Professor John Street returned to the city council chambers, where he delivered his eight budget addresses as mayor, with his Temple University class. Street, who was Mayor Nutter’s adversary on many issues when he ran the city, says the view is different from the outside.

    Street: “Because there’s just not a lot of choices because in the end people are going to say ‘do I want the cuts or do I want the taxes,’ but in the end I think he’s going to get taxes.”

    Mayor Nutter smiled when told of support for his budget proposals by former Mayor Street.

    Nutter: “Mayor’s do have a certain understanding of the tough challenges that fellow or former mayor’s face Mayor Street certainly had from time to time his financial challenges in office as well.”

    Mayor Nutter said he hopes Professor Street’s students all recieve A’s on this assignment.

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