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July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
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September 23, 2004 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even Pennsylvania, known for having one of the nation's weakest campaign-finance laws, bans corporate giving to political candidates, regardless of whether they are doing business with the state. Barry Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause of Pennsylvania, called the rule "one of the only good provisions" in the soft state law, which, unlike those in many other states, puts no limits on how much individuals can give. To partly sidestep the rule, corporations in Pennsylvania often form political action committees and help raise money that is then directed to candidates.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
Let me introduce you to someone you don't really want to know. His name is Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, or maybe Juan Ramon Vasquez - he uses aliases, which makes him hard to find in court records. His date of birth also is fluid, he has more than one. We are sure of his address since July 26 - Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting trial for raping a child. He is in the country illegally, or "undocumented" as the Politically Correct say, so as to not hurt the feelings of those who break our laws.
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January 21, 1994 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Returning to one of the most controversial issues of the past year, Mayor Rendell is considering issuing an executive order granting health care and other benefits to lesbian and gay life-partners of city employees. Bills that would have recognized "domestic partnership" among same-sex couples were withdrawn from City Council in June, in part because Council President John Street opposed it. Since last fall though, members of the Rendell administration have been meeting with leaders of the Domestic Partnership Coalition, formed to lobby for the bills, to try to work out a new approach.
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April 18, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia on Wednesday moved to the forefront of a national movement to protect immigrants from deportation over minor and nonviolent crimes. Amid cheers and applause by immigrant-rights groups, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order to end the city's compliance with federal agents' requests to hold arrested immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial. Advocates at the standing-room-only ceremony at City Hall - some in tears - hailed the order as historic and "one of the most progressive anti-deportation policies" in the country.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday changed the rules about what information the city shares with the federal government about some immigrants, a policy shift that will last less than two weeks. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has vowed to roll back the change, which has been under discussion for six weeks, after he is sworn into office on Jan. 4. A Kenney spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that he still plans to do that. Nutter altered his 2014 executive order, which barred the city's Police Department and prison system from complying with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial or after having served sentences.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | BY WILL GONZALEZ
By itself, the creation of the Police Advisory Commission will not restore public confidence nor produce significant progress in the investigation of police misconduct cases in Philadelphia. Last month, Mayor Rendell finally announced the formation of the citizen- driven Police Advisory Commission. The commission is composed of 15 volunteers who will have full discretion to investigate selective cases of police abuse as well as study broader issues relating to the Police Department.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
No doubt President Obama has heard the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, what kind of fool would he be if he believed Republicans' latest claims of sincere interest in meaningful immigration reform? Their track record suggests otherwise. In fact, the GOP's capture of both congressional chambers in the midterm elections may make House Republicans even more stubborn than last year, when they killed a bipartisan Senate bill. The House majority acts as if more border security will address the 11 million illegal immigrants already here, but they know it won't.
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April 5, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
If any City Council or row office employees accepted cash or pricey gifts in the last couple of days, they could be in big trouble. The new ethics code gifts regulation - which bans cash as gifts and limits the value of gifts to city officers or workers at $99 - was quietly signed into law by Mayor Nutter on Monday. It went into effect immediately. The new law amends the city code's provision that prohibited gifts of "substantial economic value. " The old standard was vague, and a precise limit, advocates of the bill have said, will make the law easier to enforce.
NEWS
September 24, 2004 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Good-government advocates hailed the executive order Gov. McGreevey signed Wednesday banning campaign contributions from state contractors as the toughest ethics standard in the country. But in the jaded world of New Jersey politics, it took just a day for party bosses and campaign strategists to figure out how to circumvent it. Much like efforts to curb campaign-finance abuses on the national level, McGreevey's executive order will simply scatter money once centralized at the Republican and Democratic state committees into legislative, municipal and political-action committee accounts, members of both parties said yesterday.
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August 10, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
LET ME introduce you to someone you don't really want to know. His name is Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa, or maybe Juan Ramon Vasquez - he uses aliases, which makes him hard to find in court records. His date of birth also is fluid, he has more than one. We are sure of his address since July 26 - Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting trial for raping a child. He is in the country illegally, or "undocumented" as the Politically Correct say, so as to not hurt the feelings of those who break our laws.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
On any given day, about 700 people are living unsheltered in the streets, train stations, or covered alcoves of Philadelphia. Most stake out space in four Center City locations where the city now wants to focus a new outreach program to connect people with services they need. The city's Office of Supportive Housing on Monday announced details of a new homeless outreach strategy targeting Rittenhouse Square and the areas around the Avenue of the Arts, the Convention Center, and Independence Hall during the morning and evening commutes and lunchtime.
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April 9, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday signed a pair of executive orders expanding protections against discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. In signing the orders, which will apply not just to state agencies but also to state contractors, the Democratic governor urged the Republican-controlled legislature to pass long-stalled legislation that would expand employment and housing protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals across the state under Pennsylvania's Human Relations Act. "This is not the end of the game," said Wolf, flanked by several dozen advocates for equality under state laws.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
Wolf vows executive order on LGBT protection HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf says he'll sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay, or transgender. Wolf told WESA-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that he had hoped the Legislature would pass legislation designed to outlaw discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. He said he's decided he needs to move forward with the executive order since the bills have languished.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
WITH $9.7 billion in capital projects being proposed by the Kenney administration over the next six years, every taxpayer should know what a Project Labor Agreement is, because PLAs, as they are commonly called, will determine who gets those billions in public money. A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement between a government agency and labor organizations. PLAs establish the terms of employment for specific construction projects. Building trade unions say PLAs are good. Non-union shops say they're bad. That's because PLAs do two things: They keep unionized workers from engaging in labor disputes that can drive up the costs on taxpayer-funded construction projects, and they often keep nonunionized workers from ever getting on the job in the first place.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
By Rebecca Love Kourlis In the wake of Justice Michael Eakin's resignation from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Gov. Wolf will need to appoint a successor to fill the vacancy. I would like to suggest that he has an ideal opportunity to fulfill that responsibility in a way designed to restore public confidence in the judicial branch. Pennsylvania elects its judges and justices. However, Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently considering a constitutional amendment that would replace contested elections of appellate judges with commission-based gubernatorial appointment.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
NOT MANY would ever accuse Pennsylvania of being a progressive state - either politically or practically. On measures such as funding for education, safety-net spending, tax policy and other points, we often end up in the bottom half of national lists. But this week, Gov. Wolf signed an executive order to increase the minimum wage for state workers from the state minimum of $7.25 to $10.15 an hour. This is progress, plain and simple. Predictably, some Republican lawmakers and conservative thinkers criticized the move, saying that the state can't afford the price tag for moving people from $7.25-an-hour poverty wages.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
President Obama says Americans should demand a better political system by clearing out the undue influence of money. But voters have been making that demand for years only to see a smug political class ignore them. The Federal Elections Commission, evenly divided with three Democratic appointees and three Republicans, is supposed to enforce campaign finance laws. But it has been hopelessly deadlocked along partisan lines for years. Before 2008, according to Public Citizen, the FEC voted on about 727 enforcement actions a year.
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