06/30/2009 - Contracts for city workers expire Tuesday. A big sticking point is the rising costs of benefits. A new report shows that the price tag for pension and healthcare benefits will top one-billion dollars in three years.
Fiscal year 2013 is when health and benefit costs are projected to take up more than a quarter of the city’s budget according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. WHYY's Susan Phillips spoke with Larry Eichel, project director of Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative.
Listen to Susan Phillips' report Municipal Pension Benefits Unresolved or read the transcript on WHYY's Web site.