May 31, 2015 |
Responding to congressional and public criticism, federal regulators said Friday they would not weaken rules requiring certain disclosures about trains transporting crude oil and other hazardous materials. The Inquirer reported this week that new oil-train rules issued May 7 - to go into effect in October - by the U.S. Department of Transportation would end a 2014 requirement for railroads to share information about large volumes of crude oil with state emergency-response commissions.
May 22, 2015 |
On his latest financial-disclosure form, Gov. Christie does not list as gifts the luxury-box tickets to Dallas Cowboys games he received last football season from team owner Jerry Jones. The governor's disclosure form is dated May 15 - a day after New Jersey's acting attorney general issued an opinion that said the state's requirements for disclosing gifts could be interpreted to apply only to remuneration received in exchange for a service, such as for a speaking engagement. The financial-disclosure form, which Christie files annually, indicates that he and his wife, Mary Pat, earned at least $600,000 in income last year - most of it from her job as a managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo Gordon.
February 5, 2015
STATE TREASURER Rob McCord was obviously a desperate man last spring. His bid for the Democratic nomination for governor was lagging. He had already put $2 million of his own money into his campaign. But, he needed more - mostly to pay for a series of scummy TV commercials he was launching against the clear front-runner in the race, Tom Wolf. So, what did he do? He started pressuring would-be givers to write big checks to his campaign. It wasn't exactly pay-to-play. It was more like pay . . . or else.
January 10, 2015 |
For the five years he has held office, Gov. Christie has not declared any gifts on his annual financial disclosure forms. The governor's office says Christie has complied with an executive order he issued in 2010 requiring disclosure of gifts of a certain value, but it won't say who paid for Christie's travel and ticket to a September 2013 Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in Texas, where he was seen in the owner's box with Jerry Jones. His frequent appearances in luxury boxes with Jones this season have raised questions about what the governor has paid, whether he can accept such perks, and whether he needs or intends to disclose them under New Jersey's ethics laws.
September 7, 2014 |
Lately, I have been going back to two things our listing agent drummed into my head when we were selling our last house. Disclose, disclose, disclose was one. The other: work with the agent, not against him or her, and that will help sell the house for a good price. There is a real estate disclosure law in Pennsylvania that spells out exactly what a seller must do to comply. Real estate agents are obligated to assist sellers in completing the form, and prospective buyers and their agents get copies.
April 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphians can look at their city officials' annual financial disclosures online - and starting this week, they don't need a password. That change comes after questions about the password system were raised by two ethics watchdogs, one inside city government, one outside. The Philadelphia Records Department had posted the 2012 financial disclosure forms, in which elected officials list sources of income and gifts, on its website last fall, but was requiring users to sign up for a user name and password.
April 4, 2014 |
Nationally, the practice is known as "passing the trash" - when a school district allows an employee accused of sexual misconduct to resign quietly and might even offer a reference for a job elsewhere. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania legislators took a step toward making the state one of the few in the nation to require the disclosure of sexual-abuse allegations as part of the application process for school-related jobs. The legislation aims to prevent cases such as the one involving Eric Romig, a basketball coach at a private school in Bucks County who, authorities said, was allowed to leave for "medical reasons" in 2009 after he propositioned girls on his team.
March 21, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, under siege from record customer backlash over high winter electricity prices, is moving to force power suppliers to fully disclose the details of their deals. The commission proposed Wednesday regulation changes that will require supplier disclosure statements to provide greater uniform detail in plain English, especially pertaining to variable-rate deals, which have generated the most complaints. The new rulemaking measure follows a PUC announcement Tuesday that it would dramatically speed up the time it takes for customers to switch suppliers.
December 29, 2013 |
What if your doctor made you sicker by doing what he was supposed to do and providing the standard of care? The question isn't an idle one. My friend Amy Reed is facing death after undergoing a procedure that hundreds of thousands of women have each year. She had a hysterectomy to deal with a benign tumor called a fibroid. After her sixth child, it made more sense to have her womb removed instead of dealing with low blood counts and frequent doctor visits. A doctor herself, she needed the energy to juggle clinical practice, a lab, a bustling home, and her husband, a driven cardiothoracic surgeon.
November 2, 2013 |
Twitter is the new IPO on the block, but it isn't yet profitable like its social-networking rivals Facebook and LinkedIn were before their initial public offerings. Twitter is different in one other aspect as well: Under the new JOBS Act provisions, the soon-to-be-public company doesn't have to disclose key financials. Twitter is not something retail investors should buy until after its IPO comes to market and they get a more transparent look at its finances. The JOBS Act's Title II allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue not to disclose some important data.