Happy Tuesday, and Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating the festival of lights, which begins tonight. It's a chilly start to the celebration today and getting colder tomorrow, so you should dig out those gloves and hats.
— Aubrey Nagle
By now you've probably heard the bad news: Eagles QB Carson Wentz has torn his ACL and is out for the rest of the season. A season that looks (looked?) to be headed to the Super Bowl.
What's next? Reporter Zach Berman runs through the many different playoff scenarios the team could face. Columnist Mike Sielski thinks this is the end of the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes while columnist Marcus Hayes says they're still in the game. Coach Doug Pederson has confidence in backup QB Nick Foles, saying the offense will remain largely the same for him.
ACL tears are common, but take time to heal. Columnist Bob Ford isn't sure Wentz will ever be the same. I know, I know. You need some cheering up. Maybe the Philadelphia Orchestra's cover of the Eagles fight song will do the trick.
Yesterday the Treasury Department claimed the GOP's tax plan will generate enough money to pay for itself. But its claim relies on the economy growing 2.9 percent every year for the next 10, a full percent higher than the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's projections.
One percent may not sound like a lot, but economists say it really is. Both the House and the Senate tax plans are expected to add billions to the national deficit.
Both tax plans will also affect seniors and the sick, but with opposite results: the House would eliminate many medical tax deductions while the Senate version would expand them.
City Council reined in the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) in 2011, but deputy executive director Richard Dickson was locked into the program's high interest rate. When he retires he'll collect a lump-sum payment of $655,000. Whoa.
How many workers locked in this higher interest rate is still unknown. Dickson worked under former executive director Vincent J. Fenerty Jr., who the Pennsylvania Auditor General recently called out for excessive pay raises and fiscal mismanagement.
In other PPA news, their pay-by-phone app is back again, so you can now pay remotely for parking in certain parts of town. The downside: it isn't free to use.
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