July 3, 2016 |
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.
September 23, 2004 |
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.
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.
January 21, 1994 |
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 Bills that would have recognized "domestic partnership" among same-sex couples were withdrawn from City Council in June, in part because Council President John Street opposed it.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.
April 18, 2014 |
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.
December 24, 2015 |
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.
February 9, 1994 |
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.
November 16, 2014 |
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.
April 5, 2014 |
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.
September 24, 2004 |
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.