Thursday, September 18, 2014
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How Phila contractor 'preference' costs taxpayers extra

Some suburban firms are more 'local' than others

How Phila contractor 'preference' costs taxpayers extra

"Philadelphia taxpayers are spending an extra $1.5 million, as workers rebuild Venice Island Recreation Center and storm-water drains in flood-prone Manayunk, so that the city can use a contractor based in suburban Narberth to manage the job, instead of one from suburban Langhorne."

That's thanks to the city's "Local Business Entity" (LBE) law. Now some City Council members want such "preference" payments doubled. More in my Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer column here.


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