Newsletter for Tuesday, Dec. 29
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Columbus Boulevard, painted by headlights taken via a long-exposure photo; pic by @diego47m on Instagram.
WOLF TO DROP BUDGET NEWS THIS MORNING
Governor Tom Wolf won’t say what he’s doing with the budget lawmakers sent him right before Christmas. Remember, it’s the scaled-down version, one that contains a few hundred million dollars less for things like schools. On the other hand, as the GOP will probably tell you, Wolf also never worked out with them how he’d pay for that kind of bump, and therein lies the quagmire Harrisburg’s been stuck in for more than half a year. This morning, at 10:30 AM, Wolf’s slated to make an announcement on the budget. A reminder: He could pass this smaller budget, he could veto it, or he could only veto certain parts — and that’s what a source told the Patriot-News could be what’s up.
WATCH: VANDALS HAMMER GAYBORHOOD RAINBOW CROSSWALK
It’s minor vandalism, but it’s major symbolism: NBC10 caught a couple of people trying (sort of ineffectually) to damage some of the Gayborhood’s rainbow crosswalks. The viewer-provided video shows a guy with a sledgehammer pounding away at 13th & Locust at about 10:30 p.m. yesterday; he’s joined moments later by another person with a chisel. Not that either tool is going to do all that much to the street, but yikes. The crosswalks were installed over the summer, a visible symbol of Philly’s history as friendly to LBGTQ residents.
It's the annual New Year's Eve-Eve-Eve show by the folk-pop/alt-country Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Expect a down-to-earth vibe and uplifting tunes that are anything but ordinary.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: December 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $24+
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MICHAEL NUTTER’S 5 BEST INSULTS OF 2015
As we wrote in a profile of Mayor Michael Nutter from earlier this year, he is not afraid to curse. He insults political enemies. He calls out the media. He stands up for his ideas with a lot of boldness — mayor-elect Jim Kenney might “put it differently.” Nutter’s last year in office was no different. In fact, he might’ve been more prone to outbursts than usual in 2015. These are the best Nutter insults and outbursts of 2015.
THE WHO’S NEXT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
Less than one in 10 people actually achieve their set New Year’s Resolutions. So maybe instead of deciding to drop pounds or save money in 2016, Philadelphians can resolve to better the city — and maybe make good on those promises. We here at Billy Penn asked many of the city’s young leaders what Philadelphia should accomplish in 2016. The question was simple: What’s your New Year’s resolution for the City of Philadelphia? Here’s what they said.