Catching up on Philadelphia news with Paul Davies & Ben Waxman


    Hour 1

    A Philadelphia news roundup brings two sharp political observers to the studio to help us understand and assess the alphabet soup of Philly’s busted bureaucracies from the PHA to the DRPA to the BRT and maybe even DROP, for good measure. That’s the Philadelphia Housing Authority, whose John Street-led board fired Executive Director Carl Greene after a string of scandals highlighted by settlements paid out to employees who filed sexual harassment complaints against Greene, but without the board’s knowledge. And the Delaware River Port Authority, where board-approved reform measures have been vetoed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who says they don’t go far enough. And the Board of Revision of Taxes, which a Supreme Court decision revived after it had been abolished by Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia voters following a Philadelphia Inquirer expose of its cronyism and corruption. And finally, the lingering controversy over the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, which is costing the city millions and is in the crosshairs of Mayor Nutter but is being exploited by several Council members and union leaders leading the charge to retain the program. Joining us to make sense of it all are PAUL DAVIES, columnist and deputy editor of the Editorial Page for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and It’s Our Money blogger BEN WAXMAN of the Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY.

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