It's the first Council session after a three-month summer break today and the issue on everyone's mind is DROP.
Councilwoman Marian Tasco just introduced legislation from Mayor Nutter that would eliminate the controversial program. When she announced her plans this morning in the Council caucus room, Tasco said jokingly: "Are you all listening? It's about DROP."
Six weeks ago Mayor Nutter released a study from Boston College researchers showing that the Deferred Retirement Option Plan is costing the city $22 million a year. He has repeatedly argued that the city simply cannot afford the program.
But on Council - six of whose members are enrolled in DROP - many members are holding off until they have more information. Council President Anna Verna has commissioned a review of the study by an outside consultant and requested an opinion from the city solicitor on whether DROP changes must be bargained with the unions.