Michael Nutter was literally screaming his budget address today in City Hall, trying to drown out the whistles, boos, and chants emanating from a spectator gallery filled with raucous union workers. Simultaneously protesting Nutter’s opposition to a paid sick leave bill, and the ongoing public sector dispute over contracts (or lack thereof) they eventually forced Nutter to capitulate, and give up his speech, around 12:30 p.m.
The sick leave bill passed 11-6, one vote short of the veto-proof majority it needs to withstand Nutter’s opposition. More on what was actually in the budget here. WHYY reports that around 1:20, the mayor plans on continuing his address “in a different room on a different floor.”
[Photo: Gerry Senker]