Three more Philadelphia Council members pass on cost of living raise

    Blondell Reynolds Brown, Joan Krajewski and Curtis Jones joined the ranks yesterday of Philadelphia City Council members who’ve decided to pass on their cost of living adjustment payments.

    Brown tweeted me last night to confirm she’s instead decided to donate the 1.9 percent raise she had coming her way.

    “After careful review and re-assessment at the close of this all consuming budget cycle, I had to hit the pause button and figure out what my priorities are,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Economic hardships have resulted in several bruising budget cycles for some of our most valuable non profit organizations-particularly those that serve our most vulnerable populations.

    The money will be distributed among City Year, SeniorLAW Center, Urban League of Philadelphia and Women’s Way.

    Jack Kelly, Krajewski and Jones were set to receive the raise since they failed to responde by the deadline, but Heard in the Hall reports they’ve entered their official requests: Kelly will keep the money, Jones will return it and Krajewski will donate hers to Special People in the Northeast.

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