January 9, 2015 |
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's "Fresh Start for Pennsylvania" campaign promised better school funding, plus economic stimulus to create more jobs. Voters approved. But "Pennsylvania's tax base is not expanding at a fast-enough pace to maintain current levels," let alone fund more spending, warned Tom Kozlik , municipal credit analyst at Janney Capital Markets , the largest investment banking group based in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's reputation among bond buyers is already low enough that the state has to pay a 0.3 percent surcharge over the interest rate charged for top-rated states such as Delaware, Virginia, and Utah, Kozlik noted in a report to clients Wednesday.
December 25, 2014
A story Monday misstated the age of Pennsylvania's newly appointed state archivist, David Carmicheal. He is 55.
December 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When David Carmicheal was growing up in rural Ohio, he asked his father to build him shelves so he could display his historic artifacts, the Civil War bullets and other objects he collected. Today, he has lots of shelves to manage - several miles of them. Carmicheal took over as Pennsylvania archivist last month, overseeing 220 million documents. Among them is Pennsylvania's hallowed founding document, Penn's Charter, housed for now in a windowless tower next to the State Museum in the Capitol complex.
December 18, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.
November 11, 2014 |
DELVIN BARNES, the man accused of abducting a woman from a Germantown street a little more than a week ago and forcibly taking her to Maryland, will face federal charges in Philadelphia before being tried in Virginia on a separate case. U.S. Magistrate M. Faith Angell in Philadelphia issued an order Friday, pursuant to a request by the U.S. Attorney's Office here, for Barnes, 37, to be transferred from the custody of the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia to the custody of the FBI today so he can face an initial appearance in federal court in Philadelphia tomorrow.
November 6, 2014
NO ONE can call this week's election a mandate for "same old, same old," at least not in Pennsylvania, where Tom Wolf made history by breaking the two-term governor charm that's been in effect for nearly 70 years. The problem, of course, is that he will preside over a Legislature that doesn't exactly embrace the new - one that provided obstacle after obstacle to a governor who shared its majority political party. How it will react to Wolf, who is a Democrat with an ambitious agenda, much of which runs counter to their agenda, is of course the question of the hour.
November 4, 2014 |
VOTERS WILL decide in tomorrow's general election whether Gov. Corbett gets a second chance in office or whether Democrat Tom Wolf will be the first candidate to defeat an incumbent governor since the state's Constitution was amended in 1968 to allow a second term. Voters in Pennsylvania also will cast ballots for members of the U.S. House, state House of Representatives and half of the 50 state Senate members. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters with questions about their registration status or polling place can call the Philadelphia City Commission at 215-686-1590 or visit PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
October 19, 2014 |
A DAY after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press yesterday on the city's preparedness, in the unlikely event that cases of Ebola appear in Philadelphia. Nutter said the city is prepared to handle infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when there were concerns over Anthrax, H1N1 and SARS. He said that although the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.
October 19, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season - and the next chapter in its 51-year existence - Thursday night at the Academy of Music with Press Play: The Directorial Debut of Ángel Corella . It's less than two months since the Spaniard Corella, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and an international star, took over as artistic director amid a tsunami of changes at the company. His influence has already made improvements. The program opened with Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante," set to Tchaikovsky.
October 13, 2014 |
In the battle to bring ride-share operations such as Uber and Lyft to Pennsylvania, a guerrilla war has bogged down into trench warfare, with both sides settling in for a long fight. Advocates and opponents are campaigning on several fronts, seeking popular support and legal backing. Youthful supporters last week gathered online petition signatures and rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg, and taxi-driving opponents in Philadelphia marshalled motorcades of cabs around City Hall.