June 11, 1988
All that Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) asked of the House Wednesday was an overdue dose of candor. Before anyone gets a custom-tailored tax break, Mr. Weldon would make sure the public knows who would benefit, how much it would cost and who sponsored it. If this had been required when the 1986 tax reform bill slithered into law, lawmakers might have been discouraged from stuffing it with $20 billion to $30 billion worth of special breaks for hundreds...
March 24, 2007 |
Mike Krancer, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the state Supreme Court, is headed for court himself Tuesday in a financial-disclosure challenge similar to the effort to get U.S. Rep. Bob Brady out of the mayoral race. A retired Philadelphia Family Court employee asked Commonwealth Court to remove Krancer's name from the statewide Republican ballot, saying she believes he failed to disclose on the financial statement he filed this month all of his 2006 sources of income.
August 18, 2003 |
Inquirer staff writer Dawn Fallik's Aug. 3 article, "Disclosure of toxins stops at the lot: In Pa., house sellers don't have to inform buyers of nearby contamination," struck a responsive chord with us. We are still recovering from our experience of buying what we thought was our "dream home" in July 2002. It should serve as a cautionary tale to anyone considering a home purchase. We had lived on a corner lot in Phoenixville for eight years. A neighborhood can change a lot in that period, and ours certainly did by becoming busier and noisier.
July 24, 1998 |
Set in French Guinea, Dakan places two gay young men who have fallen in love in a perplexing predicament. How do they come out to families who have raised denial to an art form? Dakan, directed by Mohamed Camara, takes its two lovers on the same journey followed by many gay-themed western films. It's the obstacles that make all the diffrence. When Manga tells his mother that he is in love with Sory, another senior at his high school, she is at first incredulous.
October 1, 1986 |
A bill that would require the first easy-to-understand disclosure of interest paid to small investors and finance charges levied against credit- card customers was approved yesterday by the House Banking Committee. "It is simply wrong to require Grandma Jones to hire a certified public accountant to unravel a bank's creative advertising on savings instruments," said Rep. Fernand J. St Germain (D., R.I.), the committee chairman. "She ought to be told up-front in clear, precise terms so she can make a decision where best to invest her savings.
May 29, 2006 |
Since announcing a run for governor, Republican Lynn Swann has campaigned across the state as a reformer trying to knock off a career politician - Gov. Rendell - and sweep in change and accountability to the Capitol. Yet records show that Swann is having trouble mastering some aspects of campaign-finance disclosure laws. Earlier this month, several of his required pre-primary campaign reports were not filed with the Department of State. And those the campaign did submit during the course of the year included incomplete or unclear information in key parts.
August 23, 2010
IT'S BECOMING increasingly clear how much of a toll that natural gas extraction from the state's Marcellus Shale formation is taking on the environment and potentially on human health. It's also increasingly clear why it's taking so long for state lawmakers to return the favor, and impose a tax on drillers. A new report from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association found that Marcellus Shale drillers in the state have piled up 1,435 violations in the last 2 1/2 years . The great majority - 66 percent - have the potential for direct impact on the environment.
May 3, 2011 |
The basic checking account is getting a lot more complicated. Banks in the last year have revamped terms to introduce new or hiked fees, change minimum balance requirements and tweak other terms. Now U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y) is calling for regulations that would require banks to provide consumers with an easy-to-read one-page disclosure form listing all fees and terms. Schumer is also responsible for the fee and interest rate disclosure form that banks are currently required to provide with credit card offers.
January 19, 1990 |
Gov. Florio yesterday expanded financial-disclosure requirements for members of his administration, partially fulfulling a campaign pledge to raise state government's ethical standards. Florio's executive order covers all executive branch employees and officials in "policy-making" positions as well as members of state commissions and authorities. "More people will be covered than ever before," Florio said at a Statehouse news conference. He said that previous disclosure rules had exempted all employees below the rank of division director and members of commissions and authorities.
August 16, 1989 |
The New York investment banker handling a $250,000 stock trading account for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Courter refused to disclose the contents of that account yesterday, sparking criticism from the Democratic candidate for governor, James J. Florio. The account, managed by the New York investment firm of Gilder, Gagnon & Co. of New York, has been listed on Courter's congressional financial- disclosure statement from 1986 to 1988, but not its individual stocks as required by House rules.