25%+ of City Budget to Go to Benefits: Report

Publication: Philadelphia Daily News

Author: Catherine Lucey

01/24/2008 - The costs of benefits for city workers will soon devour more than 25 percent of the city budget if the Nutter administration doesn't find ways to rein them in, according to a new study.

The report – released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia – says that these ballooning costs could jeopardize the city's ability to pay for basic services.

The problem is worse in Philly than in the rest of the country, according to report co-author Katherine Barrett.

"It would be comforting to think Philadelphia is in the same boat as other cities, but it's not," she said. "It was in worse shape than all 50 states."

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