Third of RACP $ Going to Rendell's Philadelphia

Legitimacy of the RACP program being called into question

From the PA Independent

The disproportionate amount of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding Gov. Ed Rendell has picked out for projects based in and around his home city of Philadelphia is raising questions over the legitimacy of the program.

Philadelphia County received $109.5 million in RACP funds for 12 projects, a little more than a third of the total funding doled out in the bill signed yesterday by Mr. Rendell, including $10 million for the  Sen. Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University. Mr. Specter, who served as Philadelphia District Attorney from 1965 until 1974, was Mr. Rendell’s first employer.

“I think that’s been this governor’s mode of operation,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R – Butler). “Dole out the goodies from Harrisburg that he can grab a hold of for his base, for the Philadelphia area especially.”

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