Expect Mayor Tom Murphy to use MONOPOLY money next. Then he can build "hotels" and "houses" out of green and red plastic.
"Let me be clear, I absolutely do not support this [property tax] provision, and I will not implement such an unfair increase on our residents and businesses," Murphy said in a prepared statement.
Murphy won't implement what he proposes. He should not propose it then.
What's phony isn't the budget. Rather, it is our mayor, the city's administration and our city's leadership. The phony Mayor is often out-paced by city council. Council should have held its own budget hearings already. Other cities have had legislative branches that have already completed the "budget process."
Releasing the annual operating budget this early is something new for the cash-strapped city, which is on track to run out of money in mid-December.
But, it isn't too early for Pittsburgh this year. And, other cities have completed their budget process already.