May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Obama's health-care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say. At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that's become a lifeline for the so-called uninsurables - people with serious medical conditions who can't get coverage elsewhere. The program helps bridge the gap for those patients until next year, when under the new law insurance companies will be required to accept people regardless of their medical problems.
February 8, 2013 |
New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Vincent Prieto threatened to subpoena the state treasurer today after he failed to appear for a hearing on a controversial cleanup contract for Hurricane Sandy. "It just blows my mind, and it's an insult not just to this body but all the residents of New Jersey," Prieto (D., Hudson) said at the hearing about the failure of Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff to appear. "He's not just the governor's treasurer. He's the treasurer for all the residents and he needs to answer these questions.
July 5, 2012 |
Almost two decades ago, America went on a cultural building spree, constructing or expanding an extraordinary number of museums, theaters, and performing arts centers - more than $16 billion worth between 1994 and 2008, an artistic Manifest Destiny. Philadelphia was not immune, erecting 13 projects, some of them massive, with several more in blueprints. But this artistic me-tooism, with so many cities hoping to create a domestic Bilbao, didn't turn out as imagined, according to a just-released major study, "Set in Stone.
April 11, 2012 |
When Gov. Christie canceled a rail tunnel linking New Jersey and New York City, indignantly citing the burden it could place on New Jersey taxpayers, he overstated the estimated costs associated with the mega-project, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal Government Accountability Office. Supporters of the tunnel's construction, including Democratic politicians and transportation advocates, responded to the findings by reiterating their belief that Christie killed the tunnel to bolster his political reputation at the expense of commuters' needs.
June 27, 2011
As walk-ups go, the headquarters of Talson Solutions L.L.C. is a cardiac workout: The climb from the doorstep of 306 Market St. to the homey confines of the consulting business Robert S. Bright founded 10 years ago is 64 steps. On his mother's first visit, she had to sit down for a breather partway up, Bright said. Then again, he doesn't make a living as a property scout. His expertise is finding waste and other forms of trouble in construction projects, from cost overruns to fraud.
November 24, 2010 |
New Jersey Gov. Christie said, "No chance," when asked Tuesday if he was going to run for president during an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. " Christie's popularity among Republicans nationwide has soared in recent months and he toured the country helping GOP candidates in the recent election. Fallon's show is taped in Manhattan early in the evening, but Christie didn't appear on TV screens until almost 1:30 a.m. EST - long after Jessica Simpson and Fallon played a dopey, ringtoss version of tic-tac-toe - but perhaps YouTube can help spread Christie's turn on Fallon's stage.
October 29, 2010 |
One day after Gov. Christie followed through on plans to scuttle construction of a major rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York, a woman confronted him about the decision during a town-hall meeting in Moorestown. "I reject your unwillingness to reconsider, because the tunnel is an investment," she said Thursday. Christie, who had to interrupt the woman several times during the exchange to make himself heard, was clear: The state can't afford billions of dollars in projected cost overruns, and he won't raise taxes to offset the expense.
October 28, 2010 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie announced Wednesday that he was sticking to his decision to shut down the nation's largest public works project, a second rail tunnel to connect New Jersey and New York City. The governor first announced his decision to cancel the tunnel on Oct. 7, but was persuaded by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who traveled to Trenton for a personal meeting, to reconsider. Christie said he would take two weeks to review his decision. Since then, federal officials have offered New Jersey $358 million in new funding, on top of $3 billion already committed, as well as a host of options to lower costs, including trimming the scale of the project and low-interest federal loans.
October 18, 2010 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie says New Jersey does not have the money to pay for a multibillion-dollar commuter rail tunnel into Manhattan. Christie has given a team of advisers until Friday to come up with financing options that could keep the $9 billion project on track. The governor killed the tunnel because of cost overruns. But Christie agreed to reconsider at U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's urging. The federal government is kicking in $3 billion to the largest public works project under way in America.