January 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney is considering legislation that would authorize a state takeover of Atlantic City's government, just days after he declared that the resort town had a "serious government problem" that needed to be addressed. If state officials determine the city is in financial distress, the bill would transfer Atlantic City's governing duties and powers to the state Local Finance Board over a 15-year period that could not be extended or renewed.
March 23, 2014 |
At West Chester's darkest hour, morale was low, streets were deserted by nightfall, and all four corners of the borough's main intersection were vacant. Today, the county seat is a bustling example of redevelopment achieved, with filled storefronts, ample dining and a walkable downtown. Borough Manager Ernie McNeely, who said Wednesday that he would leave the post after 27 years to be the manager in Lower Merion Township, was not only there for the transformation, but also, many say, was a pillar of the process, bringing his unmatched institutional knowledge and always-expanding insight on municipal government to every project.
March 1, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Within hours of announcing he would run for a third term as Atlantic City's mayor, Lorenzo Langford on Wednesday was again embroiled in a long-distance altercation with Gov. Christie, who said the resort's leader has "no idea what he's doing" and runs the "most God-awful, wasteful" municipal government in the nation. Langford, 57, a Democrat who four years ago vowed that he had made his last run for mayor, fired back via e-mail that Christie's record as governor is "one of hypocrisy.
January 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy. Government figures released Wednesday showed union membership declined from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of the workforce, another blow to a labor movement already stretched thin by battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and other states to curb bargaining rights and weaken union clout.
January 15, 2013 |
BEIJING - It takes a lot to faze residents of a city as smog-filled as Beijing. But after four straight days of air so hazardous it has defied government charts and labels, the disbelief and outrage are palpable. Government vehicles have been pulled off the roads, production slowed at thousands of factories, and children told to stay indoors. On Monday, even China's state-run media - which has long avoided criticizing the government on such topics - ran reports and editorials acknowledging the problem and demanding solutions.
September 18, 2012 |
Colwyn, on the edge of Philadelphia, is a tiny place with prodigious fiscal issues, a fractious government, and a police force that has captured national notoriety. Its surreal tax rates are among the highest in the nation, five times higher than those of some wealthier communities in the region. Not a single new home has been built in the borough in at least 15 years. At a time when public money has become ever-scarcer, local-government experts say Colwyn is the kind of town that raises an overwhelming question: What is a place with only 2,500 people doing with its own government?
August 7, 2009 |
This summer, two issues have generated disproportionate political heat in Camden: criticism of the salary being paid to Judge Theodore Z. Davis, the city's state-appointed chief operating officer, and disagreements about when state-mandated control of city operations should end. But these controversies are the wrong focus for anyone genuinely interested in restoring competent municipal government to Camden. Instead, now that the law that authorized the state takeover is nearly seven years old, it's time to consider two far more important questions: What has the takeover accomplished?
November 25, 2008 |
New Jersey lawmakers brooded over the latest bad news for the state's pension system yesterday: more than $20 billion in recent investment losses, including $9 billion in October alone. In a hearing held days after a report detailed the damage, lawmakers homed in on a few eyebrow-raising decisions - including an an ill-timed investment in Lehman Brothers shortly before the firm toppled - but they had few solutions for a deepening problem. William Clark, director of the state's Division of Investment, defended the pension system's performance, saying that despite the losses, New Jersey is actually doing better than most states struggling through the nation's economic meltdown.
April 13, 2007 |
As long as it's going on elsewhere, political corruption can be entertaining: the wad of bills in the manila envelope, the paramour enjoying a no-show job, the politician funneling money to himself through a dummy corporation fronting as a vendor. But it ceases to be amusing, as it did for me last week, when corruption is alleged in your own backyard. That's backyard, as in: Haverford Township, my only residence in nearly 21 years in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Commissioner Fred C. Moran, who has represented the township's Fourth Ward longer than I've lived in it. He was charged by a state grand jury last week with bribery, theft and obstruction.
August 4, 2006 |
With municipal corruption cases and a brush with bankruptcy behind it, Norristown municipal government seemed to be righting itself in 2006. But that changed Wednesday, when the Norristown council announced that Municipal Manager Paul Janssen was being ousted because of a health insurance contracting error that cost the borough $170,000. Janssen had been on the job in Norristown only since April 2005, earning $117,000 a year. "The difficulties over the insurance certainly entered into the decision," said Council President Bill Procyson.