May 18, 2015 |
Brownstein Group and Vault Communications are in similar businesses: advertising and public relations, which means their success depends largely on people - who can set up shop anywhere. Brownstein is in Center City, while Vault is in Plymouth Meeting, and the tax consequences of their locations separate them far more than the 19 miles between their offices. Vault pays a business privilege tax of 0.15 percent and no local net income tax in Plymouth Township. Brownstein's tax bill in Philadelphia includes a 6.45 percent corporate income tax, a 0.1415 percent gross receipts tax, a 1.13 percent use and occupancy tax, and a 2 percent city sales tax. That heavier tax burden, coupled with the Philadelphia wage tax that is nearly four times higher than the average in the suburbs, has long handicapped the city's job growth.
May 8, 2015 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Despite opposition from three South Jersey public-school officials, a controversial proposal to create a non-public football conference sailed through the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday. The endorsement by the state organization's most powerful committee means the proposal will be presented to the NJSIAA's general membership in December. A majority vote of the general membership will result in the formation of a state-wide, non-public football conference for the 2016 season, dramatically changing the landscape of the sport in New Jersey.
March 12, 2015 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday said Gov. Christie's "moribund" affordable-housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively transferred the agency's regulatory authority to lower courts. The ruling brought something of a resolution to a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. For years, developers, cities and towns, environmentalists, and the state have wrestled with how to create affordable housing in a state where hundreds of thousands of residents struggle to pay the rent.
February 26, 2015 |
Along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks, mourners stood silently, reverently, as a doleful whistle and wisps of smoke and steam announced the approaching funeral train. Many wept and bowed their heads as it passed. In towns where the locomotive stopped, thousands surged forward, pushing and jostling to get a better view. Bands played melancholy tunes and preachers offered up solemn prayers. They focused on a dark maroon railcar, swathed in black crepe, carrying the martyred Abraham Lincoln, who had come on another train four years earlier to tell throngs at Independence Hall that he'd "rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender" the country.
October 9, 2014 |
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
June 27, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, the Democratic candidate for governor, pulled up a chair yesterday and asked three small-business owners about their "trials and tribulations. " Tentatively, each began to rattle off suggestions during his visit to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, on JFK Boulevard near 16th Street. "I enjoyed the experience," said Latasha Sampson, owner of the Chocolate City Salon & Spa in South Philadelphia. "It's interesting to have a person of that level sit down and listen to our concerns.
January 5, 2014 |
As shivering but curious passersby stopped to watch, holding up scarves to shield their faces from below-freezing winds, Kevin Gregory lifted a 10-pound Eagles helmet made of ice onto a clear, frozen podium. "Couldn't have asked for better weather - except for the sun," said Gregory, founder of Ice Concepts and the Eagles' unofficial go-to ice sculptor, on the 15-degree morning Friday. Gregory, 45, has been carving ice since 1994, most of that time with his business partner, Antonio Young.
August 4, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A Republican state representative calls it a matter of academic freedom. Science-education advocates claim it's nothing but a backdoor attempt to allow public schools to discuss Bible-based creationism. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R., Cumberland) circulated a memo to his colleagues Thursday seeking cosponsors for planned legislation to allow students in public elementary and secondary schools to question or critique "the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.
June 21, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council will not take up a proposal to create a new water and sewer rate-making body until after the council's summer recess ends in September. City Council President Darrell L. Clarke on Wednesday delayed a vote on creating the board, which city voters authorized last November. The bill would create a new independent board of five mayoral appointees that could approve rates, which are now determined by the water commissioner. Council's Committee on Law and Government approved on the bill on June 11.
May 13, 2013 |
Every so often, the classical music world decides to advance into the visual age with busy video screens, often with interesting outcome, though ultimately feeling redundant because everything you need to see is in the music already. Symphony in C's particularly vivid reading of Haydn's The Creation Saturday at Camden's Gordon Theater conjured the Book of Genesis (on which it's based) perfectly well with no visuals of birds, animals or Adam and Eve that are sometimes seen with the piece.