April 5, 2002 |
PHILADELPHIA'S politicians are now engaged in a long-overdue public debate on the level and structure of city taxes. But the ability to have an open and honest discussion of tax levels is being clouded by the numbers used. The mayor talks about $70 million as the cost to the city of a wage-tax cut, while saying that the cut returns only 50 cents a week to the average citizen. We are supposed to see this as a big loss for the city with little gain for its residents. But Mayor Street exaggerates by comparing one week's benefits to five years of tax losses.
November 25, 1988 |
President-elect George Bush may seek to reduce the federal budget deficit by trimming Medicare costs, the Washington Post reported today. It quoted some unidentified Bush advisers and budget experts as saying the new administration would support substantial cuts of between $3.5 billion and $5 billion for fiscal 1990. The Post quoted the experts as saying any suggested cuts, at least initially, were not likely to involve drastic changes in the $80 billion program. Initial cuts would, more likely, be based on the Reagan administration's budget proposal for fiscal 1990 being prepared for submission to Congress, the newspaper reported.
November 24, 2013 |
Almost two months after its inglorious rollout, the healthcare.gov website appears to be slowly recuperating. But even if it is 80 percent healed by November's end, as some public statements suggest, it likely won't be the promised seamless shopping experience where consumers can compare plans and prices and see if they qualify for premium and cost-sharing subsidies. Several websites have stepped into the breach and are helping consumers unravel the differences among the various health insurance policies.
September 26, 2013 |
Federal officials on Tuesday shared the most detailed information yet on rates consumers can expect to see when the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges go live next week. The average monthly premium for the lowest-cost "bronze" individual plans will be $229 in Pennsylvania (among the lowest in the nation) and $333 in New Jersey (among the highest), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tax credits that are expected to apply to most purchasers would substantially lower rates in both states.
January 8, 1998 |
The hobby continues to change, and change isn't always good. With change often comes discomfort, and I was thinking that maybe we're not having as much fun in this hobby as we used to. In a recent letter sent along with his membership renewal in the Philadelphia A's Historical Society, Bob Weiss, of Elkins Park, Pa., commented: "Thanks for creating the A's Society, it made the hobby fun again . . . and that's what it's supposed to be. " And...
March 23, 1990 |
Profits fell 98 percent last year at Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., but company officials said yesterday that the decline was in line with expectations. The company has been scaling back in recent years, shedding some of its non-insurance operations to concentrate on its core business. That, coupled with a nearly $6 million dividend increase to policyholders, added up to the huge drop in net income to $22,000 last year from $14.3 million in 1988, according to the firm's annual report.
October 10, 1990 |
So, you have to catch a flight at the airport but don't want to take your car. What do you do? You could take a cab, but why spend $25 or more for a bumpy ride in a jalopy with a driver whose idea of good manners is sitting idly as you heave your bags into the back seat? You could reserve a seat aboard a passenger van, but being packed in like a sardine with a dozen strangers and half a ton of luggage isn't especially appealing, either. How about a stretch limousine?
October 19, 2000 |
Barry S. Slosberg Auctioneers will sponsor a three-day sales spectacular this weekend of catalog antique items, and a fleet of top-of-the line used automobiles. The Saturday auction will be made up of the inventory of more than 30 automobiles owned by Bergman Brothers Auto Sales & Service in Lansdale, Montgomery County. The owners are retiring. "At least 80 percent of all vehicles will be sold absolute, to the highest bidder, regardless of price," vows auctioneer Barry S. Slosberg Late model sedans to be placed on the block include two 1991 Turbo Saabs, one a convertible with low mileage, and some classic Volvos and BMWs, among them a 1989 BMW 325I convertible.
November 16, 1998 |
Associated Auctioneers on Wednesday will slim down the assets of 10 Nutri System Weight Loss Centers with an absolute business termination auction of Nutri System's office equipment, scales and examination tables. "We're talking six tractor-trailer loads of top-of-the-line merchandise, all to be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price," said Associated floor manager Ed Barkowitz. Other items from the 10 recently shuttered centers include fax machines, floor safes, hand carts, storage cabins, computers and security systems.
June 7, 1987
LET US NOT ENSHRINE EASTERN STATE We read Kenneth Finkel's May 24 Op-ed Page article about the Eastern State Penitentiary with great interest. He raises some important points about the future use of this significant structure. However, Mr. Finkel has painted a very romantic view of the facility and has glossed over several important points. The 1855 lithograph reproduced with the article shows the prison cell blocks radiating from the central control tower within the great enclosing stone walls.