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November 06, 2008

Philadelphia Bar Association Supports Mayor’s Decision to Freeze Cuts

PHILADELPHIA – Although a long-time advocate of business and wage tax cuts (stressing that this encourages attorneys and firms to develop and deepen business across the city), the Philadelphia Bar Association fully supports Mayor Nutter’s call to freeze additional cuts in the Business Privilege and Wage tax through 2015.

The decision to freeze cuts was part of major budget revisions announced earlier today by Mayor Nutter in a live, televised address.

Speaking on behalf of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Chancellor Michael Pratt says, “We stand firmly behind Mayor Nutter on this decision to freeze business and wage tax cuts in order to help ensure adequate revenue streams during these difficult economic times. Considering what the mayor must do to protect citizens, our great city and its economic future, we fully support his call on City Council to suspend cuts in the Business Privilege and Wage tax throughout 2015.

“We believe that this is not only a responsive measure, but the right and responsible one.”

Mr. Pratt continues, “As members of the legal profession, we are sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of citizens. The Philadelphia Bar Association will continue to work closely with Mayor Nutter, his administration, City Council and the courts to ensure that this is done responsibly in order to guarantee a safe, vibrant and growing city.”

Founded in 1802, the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association is America’s first chartered metropolitan bar association and the largest one in Pennsylvania.
Attorneys, judges and politicians look to the Philadelphia Bar Association for guidance on controversial legal issues and as an organized meeting ground for professional support and information sharing. Members of the general public also turn to the Philadelphia Bar Association for help and general information on legal issues.

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