March 24, 1989 |
Angered over a recently imposed $250 license fee by New York City officials on out-of-town limousines, about 65 Philadelphia-area limousine owners gathered yesterday to plot methods to fight the measure. The 90-minute session at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill was organized by the South Jersey Limousine Association, a professional group that sponsors training and marketing programs for the limousine business. The annual $250-a-car license, which took effect March 15, applies to 4,500 to 5,000 limousines that are based in New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties and pick up or drop off passengers in New York City.
January 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - At a time when most government agencies are going begging for funding, the state board that regulates doctors and other medical professionals in Pennsylvania has amassed a $30 million surplus. The board is so flush that 50,000 licensed physicians are getting a pass this year on license fees they pay every other year. The decision last summer to waive the fee - $360 for doctors of medicine, or M.D.s - has raised the hackles of critics who ask why not spend the money for its intended use - policing doctors - rather than giving those same professionals a two-year holiday from their license fee?
August 26, 1999 |
City officials want to bring a little bit of Paris to Woodbury, but it could be costly. An ordinance approved at Tuesday night's City Council meeting requires merchants on Broad Street to pay $250 for an annual license to set up sidewalk cafes in front of their businesses. City officials said they hoped the sidewalk cafes would stimulate the downtown economy and add an aesthetically pleasing touch to the business district. But a handful of merchants at the council meeting said that while they liked the idea of sidewalk cafes, the cost was not as appealing.
June 27, 2000 |
The owners of a Center City condominium tower and a Northeast apartment complex sued the city in federal court yesterday, contending their residents' equal-protection rights are being violated by the city's refusal to provide trash removal. The lawsuit by the condominium association of the Philadelphian, at 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Welsh Walnut Associates, owner of the Manchester Apartments at 2800 Welsh Rd., also challenged the constitutionality of the city's one-year-old multifamily-dwelling licensing fee. The law, enacted last June, requires condominium and apartment owners to pay the city an annual license fee of $25 per unit to a maximum annual fee of $10,000 per building.
June 6, 2015 |
Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are contemplating a raft of changes to the state's casino gambling law, including one that could benefit Ira Lubert's Valley Forge Casino Resort, as they work through a difficult budget. They are also resurrecting discussion of legalizing Internet gambling, although that appears to be a long shot. "I think the thing driving this, more than anything, is the need for money to settle a budget, where there's not a lot of people who want to vote for a tax increase," State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R., Bucks)
April 23, 1993 |
As the May 11 municipal commissioners election draws near, campaign charges and countercharges are taking on a harder edge. Last Friday Norman Brecht, an incumbent, handed out fliers charging that if Al Murray is re-elected mayor, Murray will try to institute a mercantile license fee. In the flier, Brecht charged that Murray said of the fee: " 'I won't bring it up until after the 1993 commissioners election in May. The businesses can write...
September 5, 1990 |
Mantua Township has revised its dog ordinance to comply with a new state law concerning vicious and dangerous dogs, a move that could cost Mantua owners of such dogs $700 yearly for a license. At last week's Township Committee meeting, committeemen approved an ordinance requiring the owner of a dog identified as dangerous or vicious to pay a yearly license fee of $700, the maximum the new law allows. The ordinance also requires the owner of any dangerous dog impounded or destroyed by township officials to be liable for the costs of those actions.
December 1, 1988 |
The publisher of a horse racing tip sheet has saddled up the American Civil Liberties Union for a constitutional court battle. The ACLU, on behalf of Donald Bielak, publisher of "Bailey's Turf Master -The Yellow Sheet," sued Cherry Hill, its mayor and council members yesterday, saying that Cherry Hill's license fees violated Bielak's constitutional right to freedom of the press. "We are convinced that the (licensing) ordinance is an unconstitutional infringement on both free speech rights and the freedom of the press," wrote ACLU lawyer James Katz in a Nov. 9 letter to Mayor Susan Bass Levin and the township council.
January 5, 1994 |
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen moved to drive most gun dealers out of business yesterday by proposing sharp increases in the licensing fee and stricter controls on people who buy and sell weapons. Hiking the annual license fee from $66 to $600 would weed out 200,000 people who purchase the license simply to take advantage of manufacturers' discounts, Bentsen said. "Why so many? It's cheap. Best bargain in town," the Treasury chief said in outlining his plan at a law-enforcement awards ceremony.
March 3, 1994 |
A refuse hauler is challenging the township's practice of charging trash trucks $100 each to use roads leading to the GROWS landfill. Kasper Bros. Inc., of Philadelphia, has filed a lawsuit in Bucks County Court, saying the privilege isn't worth the price. The lawsuit, which the hauler filed in January, was prompted by a $1,000 fine issued in May, after police stopped one of its trucks because it did not have a license affixed to the driver's side door as required by a township ordinance.