September 18 is the deadline for the doomsday budget known as Plan C. If that goes into effect, as I’ve mentioned before, it will fundamentally change Philadelphia. It will be the systematic dismantling of a large part of city government, along with about 3,000 layoffs, including 1,000 police officers.
There has been progress in Harisburg, and I continue to be optimistic that, at least in the short term, disaster can be averted. I think it’s a good sign that everyone is upset – governor, mayor, unions – that’s the hallmark of a decent compromise. the ball is still in Harrisburg’s court as the state legislature tries to reconcile different plans.
In the meantime, Philebrity has a compendium of the ominous letters that are starting to circulate about how the city is, to a large extent, getting ready to shut down. *gulp*