PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says the committee that raised public and private money to put on last summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should have returned surplus funds to the taxpayers rather than handing out staff bonuses and grants.
The Legislature provided $10 million for the event, and some lawmakers voiced displeasure upon finding out that the host committee gave nearly $1 million in bonuses for staff members as well as grants for Philadelphia schools and nonprofits. The bonuses were disclosed in a Jan. 31 Federal Election Commission filing.READ MORE: Gov. Wolf Says Rite Aid Pharmacies In State Will Receive 123,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For School Employees And Students
The Democrat said Sunday the commonwealth supports large events that can benefit the region, but leftover funding should be returned to taxpayers.READ MORE: 'Moderna Arm': Some People Develop Reaction To Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, the host committee’s chairman, called the bonuses a reward for low pay and long hours.High School Spring Sports Kick Off After Being Canceled Last Year During Pandemic's Start
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