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September 30, 2011 | By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A largely Republican cadre of business leaders and political power-brokers will have Gov. Corbett's ear as he develops policies about whether to sell the state's liquor stores, roads, bridges, and other assets to private industry. Corbett named his 23-member Advisory Council on Privatization and Innovation on Thursday. "This panel will further evaluate potential privatization, public-private partnerships, or managed-competition opportunities with the ultimate goal of streamlining government and saving taxpayers' dollars," Corbett said in a statement.
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February 4, 1993 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Unionized city workers and others protest outside the health center at 43rd Street and Chester Avenue yesterday. The protesters oppose Mayor Rendell's plan to privatize operations of the Philadelphia Nursing Home and one of the city's district health centers. The targeted health center is rumored to be the one at 43rd and Chester.
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January 7, 1994 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
It's finally come - privatization that will cost city workers their jobs. The Rendell administration has signed an agreement with Episcopal Hospital to take over operation of the Philadelphia Nursing Home, at at Girard and Corinthian avenues, which serves indigent patients, some of whom have AIDS. Any of the 350 workers now employed at the nursing home who want to stay there will have to work for the new operators. The city's contract with Episcopal preserves the workers' pay, but permits the reduction of some fringe benefits.
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June 15, 2012 | Daniel Rubin
An editor friend likes to talk about the Drawer of Durable Headlines, which include such newsroom favorites as "Tensions Rise in Middle East," "Mumia Seeks New Trial," and "Pa. Republicans Push to Privatize Liquor Sales. " Earlier this week, it looked as though we could retire that last headline for the summer, as GOP legislators failed to count enough votes to bring their latest proposal to scuttle the State Stores to a vote on the House floor. For three hours Monday, legislators debated the pros and cons of the issue — the first time in Pennsylvania it got that far. But conversation stopped, and the measure seemed to be bottled until at least after summer break.
NEWS
April 1, 1988 | By Robert E. Andrews and Louis S. Bezich
Privatization - the use of private and nonprofit organizations for the delivery of public services - can be an effective tool for public administrators if, like any tool, it is used properly. The report issued by President Reagan's Commission on Privatization does a disservice to the concept and undermines public management at all levels of government. The commission's report suggests wholesale changes in the delivery of governmental services. Among its recommendations, it calls for the elimination of the postal service's monopoly, the use of vouchers in education and housing and the selling off of assets.
NEWS
July 30, 1992 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Remember privatization? The conservative cure-all for government inefficiency, the curse of municipal unions, the hot campaign issue? Some business leaders grumble that Mayor Rendell seems to have forgotten the idea. Not so. Private bids were opened last week for City Hall custodial service and art museum security, and contract awards will follow soon. Bids have been sought on two other functions - trash transfer stations and medical services at the Riverview Home for the Aged - and the city has formally notified its unions that it has run preliminary numbers for 20 other services it may privatize, eliminating 1,700 jobs.
NEWS
July 8, 1992 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
It's nice to have some big friends if you're headed for a rumble, but you'd better check to make sure they're behind you. City blue-collar union president James Sutton said yesterday that City Council President John Street was "without a doubt" on his side in fighting any attempt to privatize weekly trash collection. "Not exactly," Street said in an interview a few hours later. Street said he generally favors keeping trash collection in public hands, but said he's "prepared to take a look at" any privatization scheme Mayor Rendell proposes.
NEWS
May 7, 1991 | By Vanessa Williams and Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Staff Writers Contributing to this article were Inquirer staff writers Bill Miller, Murray Dubin, Amy S. Rosenberg and Terence Samuel
Six of the eight mayoral candidates were quizzed on privatization, municipal services and city finances by an eclectic and enthusiastic crowd of 200 last night on Rittenhouse Square. The forum, sponsored by a coalition of labor and community activists, was one of three major events on the candidates' circuit last night. Steady rain and gusty winds did not deter voters from coming out to learn more about the three Republican and five Democratic candidates. About 500 people turned out for a political rally for women at the Civic Center and an estimated 250 residents of Park Towne Place met with candidates at their high-rise apartment complex on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
AS a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I've recently attended public hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf's 2016-17 state budget plan, learning about the fiscal health of commonwealth agencies. I was particularly pleased to hear that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sold a record-setting $2.34 billion in wine and spirits in fiscal year 2014-15. However, to ensure the agency keeps growing sales, the PLCB has agreed with House Democrats that we must make the state system more convenient for customers.
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July 17, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The Shipley School in Lower Merion announced Friday that a student who was reported missing earlier in the week had likely taken his own life. "Although everyone was praying for a good outcome, I do not have good news," Head of School Stephen Piltch wrote in a letter posted to the school's website Friday. Austin Wylie, 17, was entering his senior year. He was described as a talented player on the school's soccer team and the club team FC Europa. On Thursday, Philadelphia marine units were searching the Delaware River near where Wylie's car had been found, according to police sources.
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June 18, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Aqua America Inc., the Bryn Mawr water utility, has hired a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia Water Department as its chief environmental officer. Christopher S. Crockett, the department's deputy commissioner, will be responsible for overseeing water quality and environmental compliance for all Aqua America's drinking water and wastewater systems in eight states. He will also manage Aqua's in-house laboratory and the company's water-quality services and water-resources engineering departments.
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June 17, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
For many LGBT people of my generation, the dance floor was the place we realized we were far from alone and in fact belonged to a tribe. That sort of awakening is unlike any other, and I bet the young men and women dancing at Pulse in Orlando last weekend knew that feeling too. What they felt as their place of sanctuary and celebration became a killing field I prefer not to imagine. I'd rather look at their faces in the photos. The youthfulness is heartbreaking, but the exuberant, unabashed gay fabulousness makes me smile.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Elemica Inc., a Wayne company founded in 2000 as an e-marketplace by eight major chemical manufacturers, is being sold to Thoma Bravo L.L.C., a San Francisco private-equity firm. The price for Elemica, which has evolved into broader supply-chain and logistics network, was not disclosed. Elemica employs 75 in Wayne and 200 worldwide, a spokeswoman said. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
NEWS
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Try privatization? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration both fail in their stated purposes. Veterans wait too long to receive treatment; airline travelers are missing flights because of long waits to get through security ("TSA to fliers: Help us go faster," Wednesday). Maybe privatization would result in veterans getting treatment promptly and travelers proceeding through security more quickly. |David M. Levin, Vineland
BUSINESS
May 21, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
American Airlines said Thursday that it would spend $4 million to hire private contractors to help manage security lines at its nine hub airports, including Philadelphia International Airport, during the peak summer travel months. The airline's chief operating officer, Robert Isom, said in a letter to employees that "tens of thousands" of American's customers have missed flights and "tens of thousands of checked bags have been delayed" in Transportation Security Administration bag-check rooms because of low staffing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Want to visit a public park in China? It'll cost you. Many parks in China charge admission , usually a fraction of a yuan. That's small change if you happen to be a tourist, as I was two years ago. But if you're a service worker looking for a green spot to spend your lunch break, or to carve out some solitude during your daily routine, the fees can add up. In America, we have a tradition of treating public space differently. Urban parks are the physical embodiment of our democratic system, maybe the only place in our increasingly lopsided society where rich and poor can come together as equals.
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April 16, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Swift: It's magical! Wyomissing's great gift to the cosmos, Taylor Swift , isn't ready to wed yet, but she sure adores her DJ bf. "I'm in a magical relationship right now," she tells Vogue regarding Calvin Harris , who has accessorized Swift for the last year. Swift, 26, vows that if she and Harris do say their vows, it'll be in private, away from the media. "I want it to be ours, and low-key," she says. "This is the one thing that's been mine about my personal life. " Antebellum at Derby Lady Antebellum 's Dave Haywood says the trio is honored to be singing the national anthem at the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 7 . "It's one of those songs that holds so much meaning and has already been performed by the best singers in history, so there's a lot of pressure," he tells USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Beka Rendell, the well-connected daughter-in-law of the former governor, hosted a NINObrand shopping party last month in her white-walled Old City art studio. Perrier water and champagne bubbled in stemless wineglasses, and attendees snacked on a three-tiered tray filled with cheddar, Brie, and grapes. Artists mingled with stylists while socialites chatted with journalists. We forgot all about shopping until Alisa Frederico emerged from the dressing room in a V-neck black frock.
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