Morning Headlines: Jim Kenney Has a Rental Idea to Help Philly Schools

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Photo of Mayor Nutter in Citizen’s Bank skybox by Bradley Maule

Everyone has some kind of novel or desperate idea to get money for the schools; at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Mayor Nutter had been to Lourdes. The latest pitch comes from Councilman Jim Kenney, whose own novel idea involves city rentals — at the stadiums.

After the mayor asked for donations so students could get school supplies (I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence), Kenney suggested the city rent out the skyboxes it controls at the Linc, Citizen’s Bank Park and Wells Fargo Center. As it stands now, the tickets for those boxes go to schools, non-profits, staffers and friends of elected officials,” according to CBS 3. Ah, “friends of elected officials.”

CBS 3 quoted Kenney as saying: “I think that smaller companies, medium-sized companies, which can’t afford a full-year lease on a box, would be likely to entertain their clients or employees, while helping the school system. That’ll be an incentive for them to do that.”

The mayor has rebuffed the idea:

The mayor’s spokesman Mark McDonald said Nutter doesn’t support Kenney’s idea because “we have a very good program” to distribute those tickets.

Patronage before paper and pencil, I always say.

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