In the midst of glaring headlines about corruption in Philadelphia\'s City government, City Council had the opportunity to make a statement about our tolerance for \"pay to play\" behaviour. Councilman Michael Nutter introduced a bill that would force City agencies to make disclosures about no-bid contracts and would place limits on contributions to candidates and political officials by those wishing to do business with the City. The bill needed 12 votes to pass. Remarkably, only 11 members of Council voted yes. Those who voted no were Clarke, Miller, Blackwell, Mariano and Tasco. Krajewski did not vote.
Hallwatch.org estimates that 2 of every 3 dollars in our City\'s budget were used to fund no-bid contracts. That\'s almost $2 billion of City dollars - our tax dollars - that funded such no-bid contracts as Milton Street\'s $30,000 per month \"consulting\" contract.
Council could have sent a message that \"pay to play\" behaviour will not be tolerated. It didn\'t. But we can. By signing below, you can send a message to Council that the taxpayers of this City do care about disclosure, about fairness, about ethics. Let\'s send a message that our City is not for sale!
We, the undersigned, are disappointed that Council - specifically Clarke, Miller, Blackwell, Mariano and Tasco - have decided that ethics is not an important issue to the City of Philadelphia. We believe that it is. We hereby urge Council to reconsider the bill and vote \"yes\" to ethics in Philadelphia government.
This petition is sponsored by Stop Pay-to-Play in Philadelphia (S3P), a group of concerned citizens that wants to make Philadelphia better through the end of pay-to-play contract awarding.
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