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DRPA Board Members Boycott Over Proposed Raise

Delaware River Port Authority business has been stalled by a boycott of five board members over plans to give the agency’s new inspector general a raise.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports commissioners from New Jersey skipped Wednesday’s meeting. Without
a majority of commissioners from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the meeting was halted.

Among the items delayed was swearing in a new chairman at the agency that runs four bridges connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Philadelphia area.

Earlier this year, Thomas Rafferty III was hired as inspector general. Some officials say his initial salary of $130,000 was too low and $165,000 is appropriate.

But the protesting commissioners say the agency should not give anyone a raise when many employees have not had them for three years.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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