Cash Gifts Banned for City Employees

But they can still accept gifts.

We don’t want to say that Philadelphia has a corruption problem, but isn’t it kind of weird that it’s taken until 2014 for the Philadelphia Board of Ethics to ban cash gifts to city employees from people who have business with the city? It’s only happening now, and it’s only happening after the board received a torrent of criticism for a previous proposal that would’ve allowed $50 cash gifts—and up to $200 in non-cash gifts. The final rule? No cash, and a limit of $50 value for non-cash gifts. “Violating the gifts policy could result in a $1,000 fine,” Dave Davies reports. “The Ethics Board may vote to adopt the gift regulations next month.” [NewsWorks]