We must cut smart and spend wise or we’ll just continue to kick our budget problems down the road, forcing our children to face the problems we created.
As Mayor, Lynne will fight for transparency in order to root out waste, fraud and abuse in City government. She’ll protect our hard earned tax dollars and the essential services Philadelphians desperately need. She’ll make sure tax dollars are spent helping Philadelphians – not filling the pockets of corporate fat cats.
As Mayor, Lynne will:
- Review data provided by PhillyStat and ComStat that identify governmental overspending to save our citizens precious dollars and to protect services.
- Appoint a budget committee to make recommendations on procurement reform and explore ways to decrease spending and increase revenue so that Philadelphia works better for Philadelphians.
- Expedite the collection of past-due amounts owed to the City so we can spend more money where it counts.
- Advance the City’s business and technological platforms through, for example, creation of more private-public partnerships—to increase Philadelphia’s value and raise the quality of life for those who live here.
- Support elimination of charter school budget banking to help fix our schools and give our children the kind of education they deserve.
- Appoint a commission of stakeholders with a mandate to revise and rationalize the City’s tax code and make recommendations for tax reform that: (i) seek fairness and simplicity, (ii) protect average citizens and small businesses, and (iii) attract businesses that generate jobs.
- Support tax credits for job creation and business start-ups to drive new growth and opportunity for Philadelphians, especially in neighborhoods most in need.
- Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether certain City assets should be sold—including a fresh look at the sale of PGW—and ensure that any proposals for selling these assets receive a full vetting and public hearing.
- Develop a multi-year funding policy to address the City’s Pension Fund, which is now less than 50 percent funded. Lynne will work with all affected parties to determine a new model for pensions for new employees. She will consider a hybrid approach that includes a 401(k) option, ensuring that our pension system is sustainable for current retirees and present employees. She will respect current collective bargaining agreements for current employees.