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.
October 19, 2013 |
WRIGHTSTOWN There were welcome signs of relief in this tiny South Jersey military community Thursday that the government shutdown was finally over. There was a steady stream of cars pulling into the Liberty gas station, beginning with the morning rush, about 6:45. By late afternoon, it was pretty much business as usual. At other businesses near the gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, there was a noticeable uptick with the return of federal civilian workers. "It was a tough three weeks.
October 18, 2013 |
At local polling places Wednesday, there were Booker voters and Lonegan voters and at least one Stackhouse voter, but some said they would rather not be voting at all in the middle of October, with the November general election just weeks away. They questioned the cost of the separate special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg's death, and they expressed concern that many polling stations were in schools where classes were in session. With the weeks-long federal government shutdown on their minds, though it seemed to be coming to an end, some also expressed disgust with all politics.
October 18, 2013
FURLOUGHED FEDERAL workers have been promised that they will be paid for time lost during the government shutdown. Even so, let me offer some advice to those people with jobs they thought were secure. Do what you can, as soon as you can, to create an emergency fund. Make it a priority. Yes, you've heard this before. Yet here we are again, and workers across the country, including nonfederal employees and government contractors whose incomes were also affected by the shutdown, are feeling the financial pain after missing one paycheck or getting just a partial paycheck.