April 27, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Council passed a pioneering equal-rights bill Thursday offering tax incentives to businesses that expand health coverage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees - a measure hailed as the first of its kind in the nation. The bill extends rights to "life partners" throughout the city code in a wide range of matters, such as medical decision-making; provides gender neutrality on certain city forms; and requires health insurance offered to city employees to cover the needs of transgender individuals, including sex-change surgeries.
April 9, 2013
WE'VE CERTAINLY made progress. Used to be, some kids cheated on their tests. Now it's the teachers and principals who cheat. Last week, Philly took a back seat to Atlanta, where a grand jury indicted an ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen former administrators, teachers and principals. Seems when students took tests and got answers wrong, teachers gathered in covens, pulled out their erasers and - presto, change-o - turned them into correct answers. The district "earned" more than $500,000 for the improved scores.
March 19, 2013 |
New Jersey is hoping to lure an offshore wind manufacturer to the state to help jump-start a green industry, but a lucrative incentive aimed at attracting the business is no longer available. A landmark offshore-wind law enacted by the Christie administration in 2010 offered up to $100 million in tax credits if a manufacturer located its operations in the state, but to qualify, a company had to make its decision by the end of 2012. Lawmakers in both chambers have introduced bills extending the deadline to July 1, 2014.
February 20, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nearly three dozen downtown bars, restaurants, and bottle shops have agreed to halt alcohol sales to counter an early St. Patrick's Day celebration created by Pennsylvania State University students, the most aggressive effort yet to curb drinking for the unofficial "State Patty's Day" holiday. In exchange, each business will receive a $5,000 subsidy to help account for lost revenue. State Patty's Day was created in 2007 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day when it fell during spring break that year.
February 7, 2013 |
A still-raw senior and some social media-driven motivation helped Norristown clinch the Suburban One League American Conference boys' basketball championship. Josh Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound senior whose first real taste of organized basketball came this season, scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots as the host Eagles crushed Wissahickon, 69-48, Tuesday night. Johnson and company were bent on gaining revenge after bowing to the Trojans, 55-54, in Ambler last month.
January 26, 2013
DuPont Co., of Wilmington, awarded chairman and chief executive officer Ellen J. Kullman a package of short- and long-term incentives that could total $13.2 million in cash and stock, according to a company filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The figure reflects a 2012 incentive payment of $1.9 million, and future performance-based incentives. The company also gave Kullman a 3 percent salary increase, to $1.44 million annually, effective March 1, the filing said.
December 21, 2012 |
EAGLES (+6 1/2) over Redskins: Got a queasy feeling about the final home game for the Jolly Green Giant. On the one hand, it's a "win one for Andy" feel in the home finale and his last game ever as head Bird. On the other hand, we have five fingers, and five reasons why the Eagles will not win. Nick Foles, the offensive line, the entire defense, special teams, and, if healthy, RGIII. So, as you can see, Double V is conflicted. Are the five reasons enough to put me on Washington, or does the "win one for the moustache" trump everything?
December 20, 2012 |
I'm not sure I would find too many people willing to say they endorse the practice of states offering subsidies to attract or retain companies. That jobs, jobs, and more jobs are the focus behind the scramble to keep or lure companies, I understand. But the public cost to do so is a head-scratcher when you consider the size of some of the sums involved. I really detest when neighboring states outbid each other simply to move a company across a border. And when a company is already established, growing, and, in fact, publicly traded, why is it necessary to pay up to make sure it stays put rather than cross state lines?
October 24, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A proposed tax incentive designed to attract software giant Oracle to the Pennsylvania State University area and worth millions to other businesses that hire Pennsylvania workers is awaiting Gov. Corbett's signature after clearing the state House and Senate in the waning days of the 2011-2012 session. The bill would allow employers that hire 250 new workers to keep 95 percent of the workers' state income taxes, money that would otherwise be sent to the state treasury.
October 10, 2012
Before learning at his sentencing Tuesday that he's likely to die in prison, convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky spun wild conspiracy theories to proclaim his innocence. But on one point, at least, he made sense: In considering the storm of publicity surrounding his case, Sandusky speculated, "Maybe it will help others - some vulnerable children who could be abused might not be as a result of all the publicity. " Indeed, that's likely the most important legacy of the case against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach.