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July 9, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The golden summer morning was perfect for a stroll on the Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia's answer to New York's High Line . The difference is that Philadelphia's version has no architect-designed staircases or glass elevators to bring visitors up to the postindustrial wonderland. To get inside, you have to venture up an overgrown ramp, bushwhack your way through chest-high weeds, then shimmy through a large opening in a chain-link security fence. Technically, it's trespassing. "I've been here several times," Brian Ewing, a 37-year-old Philadelphia schoolteacher, told me the other day as he showed a friend the drill.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie's campaign last year to overhaul pension and health benefits for New Jersey's public employees hasn't come to fruition. But the governor took action last week that could serve as a bargaining chip in his call to cut costs: He tied millions of dollars for municipalities and nonprofits in the state budget to negotiations over worker health benefits. Christie issued an executive order placing nearly $100 million into reserve from the $34.5 billion fiscal year budget he signed into law last week.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
IN FISCAL YEAR 2015, nearly 70 percent of city-funded construction projects with budgets over $250,000 did not reach the city's minority workforce participation goals, and 44 percent had no minority workforce at all. Those are the findings of the Economic Opportunity Plan Employment Composition Analysis by Econsult Solutions and Milligan and Company, LLC. The report, which examined minority and female inclusion on over 360 city-funded construction...
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
New Jersey colleges and universities are receiving more than $180 million from the state for construction and renovation projects, the state announced Tuesday. The state announced 35 projects it will fund at 32 schools across the state. The biggest beneficiary is Stockton University, which is getting $22 million for its planned Atlantic City campus. The list of grants includes $6 million for renovation of buildings at Rowan University in Glassboro and $1 million for Rutgers-Camden to renovate two rowhouses for office space.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - There may soon be a budget bill, but there is no budget deal. The proposal that cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Monday night calls for the state to spend about 5 percent more next year than it did under this year's $30 billion budget. The boost in spending would be propped up by legalizing online gambling, loosening the state's monopoly over the sale of wine, imposing new taxes on tobacco, and instituting a tax amnesty program. But neither the GOP-dominated Senate nor the administration of the Democratic governor have committed to support it. Jeff Sheridan, Gov. Wolf's spokesman, said Monday that the governor had not agreed to the plan.
NEWS
June 28, 2016
ISSUE | TAXES State funds also needed for Phila. pre-K While the passage of the soda tax is good news for Philadelphia's pre-K children, Mayor Kenney's plan to serve 10,000 children counts on additional funding from the state. I recently met with state legislators as part of the Pre-K for PA campaign, which is recommending $90 million in additional pre-K funding in the 2016-17 state budget. State Reps. Dwight Evans and Joanna McClinton reiterated their commitment to pre-K.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Hotline needs funds to protect victims In a recent audit conducted by the Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office, it was found that nearly 42,000 calls to the state child-abuse hotline were dropped or left unanswered. While it's easy to blame the call center for this failure, insufficient funding and staffing and unacceptable working conditions are responsible. This lack of funding threatens the hotline's ability to retain staff members, threatening the progress made in the reporting of child abuse since the Jerry Sandusky case.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
A rather arcane element of the city's finances loomed large Thursday. The fund balance - the money available in the city's annual operating budget - first rose to prominence Wednesday when the Kenney administration acknowledged it would benefit from the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks and diet beverages passed out of a City Council committee that day. While some Council members said that concern for the health of the fund balance helped...
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania's senators and local members of Congress are pressing the Navy to fund blood testing for residents affected by water contamination around former naval air bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. That request Tuesday - prompted by health concerns over chemicals that leaked into water supplies, and are linked to cancer and reproductive issues - came on the same day that the consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and a New York-based law firm announced that they would investigate the drinking-water issues in the area.
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