For the second time this week, the re-election plans of a longtime Philadelphia city council member are being challenged because of his or her participation in the city’s “DROP” pension program.
Philadelphia city councilman Frank DiCicco won’t seek a fifth term as the councilman for the 1st District, which encompasses parts of South Philadelphia, center city, Old City, and Northern Liberties.
City Council leaders say they’ll finally schedule a hearing on the controversial DROP pension perk in April but in the meantime they’re looking for ways to keep the program alive, with a smaller price tag.
City Council members are ever-so-close to finally releasing their own study of the cost of the controversial pension perk known as “DROP” — and close to finally scheduling a hearing on whether to abolish the program.
The mayor issued his call for City Council to eliminate DROP last August. Since then there have been no hearings, with Council members instead waiting to receive a report from consultants that they hired to evaluate the cost of the program.
Councilman Frank DiCicco says he regrets enrolling in the controversial pension plan, and he has introduced a bill which allows any city worker to opt out of DROP.
City Council wraps up its 2010 legislative session today. And the end of the lawmakers work year brings no action from council on the mayor’s call for an end to the controversial DROP program.
It’s clear now that Philadelphia City Council will not tackle the thorny issue of the much-reviled DROP pension perk until the new year.
City Council still has yet to schedule a hearing on the mayor’s call to eliminate the controversial DROP pension perk. But one lawmaker on Thursday said that debate should look at the larger financial problems facing that pension plan.
Supporters of Mayor Michael Nutter’s call to abolish the DROP pension perk for city workers have been wondering when City Council will schedule a hearing on the matter. Apparently it won’t be this month.
=========================== The political hot potato known as DROP was tossed about today as City Council members returned for the fall session.
Two days after Mayor Nutter released a study that he commissioned which found the controversial DROP program costs the city big bucks, at least two of Philadelphia’s four municipal workers’ unions are calling on the […]