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July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
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SPORTS
June 15, 2013
Baseball STATE CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Johnsonburg 5, Canton 0 STATE CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP Loyalsock 5, Beaver 4 STATE CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP West York 2, Upper Moreland 1 STATE CLASS AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP North Penn 6, Lower Dauphin 5 Softball STATE CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Williams Valley 13, Neshannock 0 STATE CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP Brandywine Heights 1, Riverside 0 STATE CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Valley View...
NEWS
November 8, 2005
Supreme Court (Vote "yes" to retain for a 10-year term) Sandra Schultz Newman YES Russell M. Nigro YES Philadelphia Ballot Question Ethics in government City Charter change YES District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham (D.) Common Pleas Court For open seats Leon W. Tucker Charles J. Cunningham Susan I. Schulman Glenn B. Bronson Ann M. Butchart Marilyn Heffley Joyce W. Eubanks For retention Willis W. Berry Jr. YES Gwendolyn N. Bright YES Matthew D. Carrafiello YES Amanda Cooperman YES Idee C. Fox YES Renee Cardwell Hughes YES Marlene F. Lachman YES Patricia A. McInerney YES Lillian Harris Ransom YES Esther R. Sylvester YES John Milton Younge YES Municipal Court Bradley K. Moss Nazario Jimenez Jr. Karen Y. Simmons David C. Shuter (Vote "yes" to retain for a 6-year term)
NEWS
May 23, 2010
Today's quiz salutes Arlen Specter, the state's longest-serving U.S. senator. 1. Arlen Specter is the son of immigrants. From what country did his father emigrate? a. Poland.       b. Romania.       c. Russia.       d. Lithuania. 2. In what state did Specter grow up? a. Pennsylvania.       b. New Jersey.       c. Iowa.       d. Kansas. 3. Specter shared a hometown with this onetime Republican senator and presidential candidate.
NEWS
July 20, 2016
CLEVELAND - When it comes to Donald Trump, Scott Wagner's seen the light - in the mirror. You know how lots of Republican candidates and incumbents duck The Donald or shy away or work up weasel words such as, well, I support the ticket? And how they do so in order to keep some distance twixt themselves and the nutsy things Trump's inclined to say? (I'm looking at you, Pat Toomey, Pat Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick.) Heck, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to Pennsylvania's convention delegates on Monday for, as a colleague noted, 13 minutes before even mentioning Trump's name.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
(97% of vote) *Bob Casey (D) . . . 2,811,141 Tom Smith (R) . . . 2,323,014 Rayburn Smith (L) . . . 90,045 *Incumbent D-Democratic; L-Libertarian; R-Republican
NEWS
April 27, 2004
(Contested races only.) U.S. Senate Arlen Specter (R.) Congress 13th District Joseph Torsella (D.) Ellen Bard (R.) Eighth District Jim Greenwood (R.) Ginny Schrader (D.) Attorney General David Barasch (D.) Bruce Castor (R.) State Senate First District Vincent J. Fumo (D.) Third District Shirley Kitchen (D.) State House 179th district Rafael P. Collazo (D.) Referendum Authorize borrowing $250 million for water and sewer projects - YES
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NEWS
September 20, 2016
The state Supreme Court's decision Friday to leave it to voters to decipher a misleading ballot question that would raise the mandatory retirement age for Pennsylvania judges from 70 to 75 is a self-serving affront to democracy. The court deadlocked earlier this month when asked to rule on litigation that questioned the ballot question's accuracy. Since it was unable to reach a decision, the high court should have allowed Commonwealth Court to review the matter. The original question, written for the April primary ballot, clearly stated its intent: to raise the retirement age from 70 to 75. But the Republican-controlled legislature changed the measure's wording at the last minute to remove any reference to the current retirement age and the primary results were voided.
NEWS
September 19, 2016
Pat Browne is a Republican state senator from Lehigh County, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a certified public accountant and tax attorney In 1834, nearly two centuries after the Duke of York conveyed the land and water of the present state of New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, the U.S. Congress passed a compact between the states of New York and New Jersey. This compact was adopted to finally and permanently define the territorial rights over the Hudson River and the islands between the states.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
Too bad it took hacks of election systems in Arizona and Illinois to draw needed attention to security problems that computer scientists have been red-flagging for 15 years. The warnings started with the computer voting response to the 2000 election between former President George W. Bush and Al Gore, in which the presidency literally hung on Florida's paper ballots. In their haste to switch to electronic machines, jurisdictions ignored the academics. Undeterred, computer scientists have been hacking machines to expose weaknesses.
NEWS
September 16, 2016
Time is ticking for the state Supreme Court to let a lower panel decide whether voters should be asked to decipher a misleading question on the Nov. 8 ballot that seeks to raise the retirement age for Pennsylvania judges. The Supreme Court deadlocked earlier this month when it tried to decide whether the wording is proper. Since it was unable to reach a decision on the ballot question, which seeks to amend the state Constitution, it should let the matter be decided by the Commonwealth Court.
NEWS
September 13, 2016
Like death and taxes, there are two guarantees when it comes to driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike: potholes and toll increases. But despite nine years of annual toll hikes, the Turnpike Commission's finances have crumbled worse than the 360-mile road. In fact, the commission has amassed a debt level that is "potentially unsustainable," according to a recent audit by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The audit found the commission's net position - assets minus liabilities - has ballooned from $1.76 billion in 2007 to a negative $4.11 billion in 2015.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
If local mutual-fund giant Vanguard doesn't like a new Pennsylvania law on retirement accounts, will the state reverse it? We're about to find out. The law, which took effect Saturday, allows Pennsylvania to seize some retirement accounts three years after they're presumed abandoned - regardless of the account owner's age. Previously, the state waited until individuals reached age 701/2 before seizing retirement accounts and liquidating the...
NEWS
September 12, 2016 | By Dylan Purcell and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
Repairman Steven "Kops" Kopchinski is the kind of voter Donald Trump says he has drawn by the millions to the Republican Party. For three decades, the 54-year-old Bucks County man was a registered Democrat who never voted. A guy who grew up hearing his factory-worker father preach: "The Democrats are for the poor people. " But this year, Kopchinski found the GOP's bombastic nominee inspiring, so he changed parties and plans to vote for the billionaire instead this fall. "I just like Donald Trump," said the self-employed contractor from Bensalem, a largely working-class suburb that borders Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 11, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - William Trout Wolf, 95, Gov. Wolf's father, died Friday afternoon, the governor's office announced. Mr. Wolf, who owned the York-based kitchen cabinet company that the Democratic governor and two business partners later bought, died at 3:15, the governor's office said. Funeral arrangements are pending. "In the meantime, we ask that the family's privacy be respected during this difficult time," said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. Last year, Mr. Wolf, a longtime business leader and philanthropist in York County, suffered a heart attack, the governor had said.
SPORTS
September 10, 2016 | Kate Harman, Staff Writer
Last year's record in parentheses. 1. Pennsbury (18-3): Now two years removed from a District 1 Class 3A title, the Falcons were ousted in the quarters last year, an untimely exit the squad no doubt will use as motivation. 2. Pennridge (12-5-2): The Rams underperformed last season but have enough talent in the returning nucleus to make some noise this postseason. 3. Downingtown West (14-5): Seven starters return for the Whippets, a team that finished as the runners up in District 1 Class 3A. 4. Council Rock North (16-6-3)
NEWS
September 9, 2016
The state Supreme Court's inability to decide whether a ballot question on raising the retirement age for Pennsylvania judges is misleading doesn't mean the issue is settled. The Supreme Court deadlocked last week in deciding whether a question on November's ballot to amend the state constitution was improperly worded, so the case should go back to a lower court for review. After all, the Commonwealth Court is where the plaintiffs - who include two former state Supreme Court justices - initially filed their complaint.
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