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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...
NEWS
March 24, 2007 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 18, 2003 | By Rick and Cathy Wohltmann
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
BUSINESS
October 1, 1986 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2006 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
One of the elements of electronic music's past missing in EDM is grandeur, theatricality. What's missing is the cinematics that made Brian Eno's instrumental-only works inventively and dramatically ambient, that made Afrika Bambaataa eerily epic, that made Kraftwerk and DAF as daring as they were danceable. Where once there was subtle shading there is now squelch, ping, and boing. That's great in its own right. Often though, it's disposable and forgettable. Quick - hum a Deadmau5 song.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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July 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Job applicants no longer need to disclose any criminal history when applying to work for Montgomery County, which on Thursday joined cities and counties across the country in waiving the requirement. The new policy is aimed at helping those who are leaving jail find employment and reduce their chances of being rearrested, said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. "Montgomery County has now officially banned the box, and that is the box that often shuts people out from second chances," he said, referring to the box that candidates check on applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
One of the elements of electronic music's past missing in EDM is grandeur, theatricality. What's missing is the cinematics that made Brian Eno's instrumental-only works inventively and dramatically ambient, that made Afrika Bambaataa eerily epic, that made Kraftwerk and DAF as daring as they were danceable. Where once there was subtle shading there is now squelch, ping, and boing. That's great in its own right. Often though, it's disposable and forgettable. Quick - hum a Deadmau5 song.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Changes designed to make it easier for a borrower to understand the cost of getting a mortgage loan have gone into effect, after a two-month postponement intended to get real estate agents and lenders up to speed. Introduced Saturday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the "Know Before You Owe" mortgage-disclosure rule replaces four disclosure forms with two new ones - the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure. According to CFPB, the Loan Estimate makes it easier to compare offers from multiple mortgage lenders.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
REAL_ESTATE
September 7, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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