March 21, 1991 |
Happy Bird Day to you! Yes, today is officially Bird Day in Pennsylvania, though few people are aware of the momentous occasion. According to a news release issued by Sen. Edward W. Helfrick (R., Northumberland), Bird Day was proclaimed in 1968 as "an annual celebration of the return of spring and migratory birds to Pennsylvania. " He noted there are 300 species in the state, including the official state bird, the ruffed grouse. But few know about the special day, even birds.
September 3, 2011 |
As a former deputy secretary of PennDot under Gov. Tom Ridge, I have had the opportunity to see most of Pennsylvania from my car. From Venango County to Pike County to every county in between, I have traversed almost every highway and byway in this great state and have enjoyed every minute of it. While the landscape of Pennsylvania is beautiful, many of its roads, bridges and transit systems are in need of serious repair. Pennsylvania's infrastructure is aging significantly due to decades of underinvestment.
June 19, 2012 |
To Chris Kunda, the incredulity is as predictable as it is understandable. "We get 10 people a day who say, 'What do you mean, I have to buy a case!?' " said Kunda, owner of a King of Prussia beer business on Henderson Road, a bustling commuter strip and highway feeder in Montgomery County. For fourscore years, Pennsylvania has been an island among the states, requiring its beer "distributors" to sell beer by the case or keg or not at all. Now, that system may be confronting its most serious challenge to date.
September 26, 2012 |
In a last-minute effort, the state of Pennsylvania is again relaxing requirements for residents to obtain a photo identification card to vote in the forthcoming election. Starting today, all voters should be able to apply for the so-called voting-only picture ID by making one trip to a PennDot licensing center. The move was formally announced in a Commonwealth courtroom Tuesday morning where Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. is being asked to decide whether state officials have an adequate plan in place to insure all voters who need ID can access one. PennDot Deputy Secretary Kurt Meyers said the new policy to obtain a voting-only ID was implemented to address concerns by the state Supreme Court in its review of the controversial new voter ID law. In its opinion earlier this month, the court directed Simpson to block the law before the Nov. 6 election if he finds that the state has not done enough to ensure all voters can get the necessary photo ID to vote.
April 12, 2009
Pennsylvania 1220 Friendship St. , $350,000. 258 S. 46th St. , $350,000. 766 S. 18th St. , $337,000. 3159 Halsey Pl. , $335,000. 8122 Winthrop St. , $334,400. 223 1/2 S. Umac St. , $334,000. 1826 S. Broad St. , $325,000. 1707 Green St. , $325,000. 1006 S. Cleveland St. , $321,240. 2001 Hamilton St. unit 301 , $310,000. 3135 Winchester Ave. , $306,900. 145 Fitzwater St. , $305,000. 1600 Arch St. unit 804 , $304,900.
July 3, 2016 |
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.
January 31, 2012
THE Pennsylvania House has declared 2012 "The Year of the Bible. " An official government resolution now calls the Bible the "word of God" and defines a "national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures. " The vote: 193-0. If 2012 is the Year of the Bible, that means it can't be the Year of: God, Jesus, America, patriotism, jobs, puppies wearing flag bandanas, babies, and, of course, babies with jobs wearing flag pins. Jokes aside, this sort of pandering is a problem.
February 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem. "I think one of the responsibilities that leadership in Pennsylvania [has] to address head on - not only the structural issues in education, transportation, all those things, but also the psychological issues that keep us, hold us, back," Wolf told other governors during a panel discussion of their states' economic challenges.