According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "In another surprising turnabout on Pittsburgh's budget, City Council today not only voted to approve spending cuts in the Act 47 recovery plan, but did so in a unanimous 9-0 vote." Earlier this week a key council member had said he would change his vote from in support of the plan to opposition, which was previously assumed to be supported by a 1-member majority of the council. Two days of lobbying by the state's development secretary caused him to reverse his decision yet again, and apparently convinced the four other city-council members who had voiced opposition to the plan, which would privatize many key city services and has been compared to a structural adjustment program.
Meanwhile, at the Budget and Finance committee meeting of the County Council on December 2nd, 2004, the committee decided against providing money for Port Authority Transit in the budget they were recommending to the County Council. Some committee members promised that after the budget was passed and went into action on Janurary 1st, 2005 they would try to amend the enacted budget to include money for PAT. That money is necessary for PAT to receive state matching funds, without which PAT cannot survive. [ read more