December 11, 2015
PEOPLE LIKE to to treat this year's budget fiasco in Harrisburg as the same-old-same-old, a typical partisan squabble where each side tries to score points over the other. There are partisan games going on this year and passing any budget with tax increases is a nightmare. This year is different, and not only because this particular budget fight has lasted into December. It is also different because it reveals the change in the culture in Harrisburg. To oversimplify, there are two groups in the state capital - the politicians who believe in government and those who do not. So far, the "Do Not's" have been in control of the process.
October 1, 2015
ISSUE | U.S. GOVERNMENT Avert a shutdown I came to Congress because I wanted to work to keep our country and economy moving forward. That is why I will not use the threat of a government shutdown to fight political battles. Anything that keeps Americans out of work, threatens to delay benefits for our veterans, and weakens our economy is not a valuable negotiating tool. In 2013, as a Chester County commissioner, I was frustrated that the federal government unnecessarily shut down for 16 days.
August 6, 2015 |
YES, THERE'S A pretty good chance we're going to see a government shutdown this fall. I agree with budget maven Stan Collender of Forbes that the introduction of abortion politics makes a big difference. It isn't just that the issue is volatile, or that it doesn't lend itself to the compromises the way fights over budget numbers do. It's that we now have the ingredient which is both necessary and sufficient for an extended government shutdown: a large group of Republicans who are choosing that course.
March 1, 2015 |
If the Department of Homeland Security shuts down at midnight because of lack of budget funding, the majority of employees working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will still come to work. Screening officers at security checkpoints at Philadelphia International Airport will remain on the job, said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy. "As a counterterrorism organization, our dedicated and professional workforce will - in the event of a shutdown - continue to secure our nation's transportation systems, without pay, just as they did during the government shutdown of 2013," said TSA acting administrator Melvin Carraway.
January 31, 2014 |
TRENTON State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said Wednesday that he would shut down the government if Gov. Christie does not publicly commit to fulfilling the state's pension obligations in this year's budget. "If I have to shut the government down, I will," Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government, said in an interview with The Inquirer. "When the governor hands us a budget, it has to have that pension payment in it. " Christie is to present his annual budget in February.
November 10, 2013 |
Wall Street reacted positively to the Department of Labor's jobs report Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at an all-time high. The report, showing an increase of 212,000 private-sector jobs, was better than expected given the federal government shutdown in October. "There was no impact from the shutdown," said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody's Analytics in West Chester. "I would have expected to see some of the shutdown's fingerprints on the report, and I didn't.
November 6, 2013
All we are saying Is give peace a chance. - John Lennon That's the message Chris Christie hopes to spread across the country today with a predicted double-digit victory in his bid to remain New Jersey's governor and boost an expected presidential run. The Republican hopes to take enough Democratic votes from challenger Barbara Buono to prove he's a moderate who can stop the partisan fighting that has crippled Washington's ability...
October 28, 2013 |
Karen Bondi of Newtown was all set to run the Jersey Shore Half Marathon on Oct. 6 when she got a rude surprise: an e-mail telling her the race had been canceled. "I totally forgot that it was being held in a government-run park," she said. That park was Gateway National Park in Sandy Hook, N.J. And since it's a federal park that was closed during the federal government shutdown, the race organizers didn't have any options: They were forced to shut down the race, too. A canceled race can clutch at a runner's well-trained heart - and they're not that uncommon.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The political pendulum swung again for Pat Toomey last week. Cheered by the left and chided by the right for his stance on gun laws in the spring, Pennsylvania's Republican senator saw those reactions reversed last week when he sided with GOP hard-liners at the end of the government shutdown. On a high-profile vote to reopen the government and allow more borrowing to pay its bills, Toomey sided with Ted Cruz and the Senate's most conservative bloc to oppose the bipartisan deal.
October 22, 2013
Stronger than floods A recent field trip run by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, city and state agencies, and civic groups surveyed various green storm-water infrastructure practices designed to help curtail flooding, water contamination, sewer overflows, blight, and groundwater depletion. We saw depaving projects, sizable planters, tree trenches, porous concrete, and extensive garden rain-filtration efforts, in addition to underground holding tanks among other best practices.