Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Monday podcast: How much taxpayer money does Council spend on itself?

This week, City Council will begin holding hearings about specific aspects of the city budget. Over the next few months, every single thing the city spends money on could potentially come under the microscope. Every single thing except one. City Council's own budget. There is no budget hearing focused on Council's budget. No one gets to ask questions about the taxpayer money lawmakers spend on themselves. On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we don't solve this problem. But we do tell you almost everything we know about Council's budget: How much the total budget is, which Council members spend the most on staff, how much Council spends on contracts, etc.

The Monday podcast: How much taxpayer money does Council spend on itself?

City Council doesn´t hold a hearing about its own budget.
City Council doesn't hold a hearing about its own budget. Courtesy of Bas Slabbers/NewsWorks

 This week, City Council will begin holding hearings about specific aspects of the city budget. Over the next few months, every single thing the city spends money on could potentially come under the microscope. Every single thing except one.
City Council's own budget.
There is no budget hearing focused on Council's budget. No one gets to ask questions about the taxpayer money lawmakers spend on themselves.
On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we don't solve this problem. But we do tell you almost everything we know about Council's budget: How much the total budget is, which Council members spend the most on staff, how much Council spends on contracts, etc.

This week, City Council began holding hearings about specific aspects of the city budget. Over the next few months, every single thing the city spends money on could potentially come under the microscope. Every single thing except one.

City Council's own budget.

There is no budget hearing focused on Council's budget. No one gets to ask questions about the taxpayer money lawmakers spend on themselves.

On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we don't solve this problem. But we do tell you everything we know about Council's budget: how much the total budget is, which Council members spend the most on staff, how much Council spends on contracts, and more.

Listen up here.

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Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

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