May 23, 2013 |
A local unit of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has a central role in a $200 million public-private project announced Wednesday to develop antibiotics against biological terrorism and treat drug-resistant infections in health-care settings around the world. The U.S. government will pay Glaxo $40 million in the first 18 months, and, if the project is on track, $160 million more over five years. Glaxo will contribute more of its own money to the project. Glaxo is one of the few big pharmaceutical companies that still works on antibiotics.
May 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - When it comes to selling alcohol in Pennsylvania, this much is clear: No one agrees on how best to do it. That lack of consensus was on display Tuesday in the second of three hearings before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which is considering a hotly contested bill to privatize liquor sales. Witnesses represented sellers - beer distributors, supermarkets, hotels, bars, restaurants. Each wants something different from privatization, or "modernization," as some call it. And from the questions asked, some senators are still struggling with how to change the system without jeopardizing the livelihoods of those who run their businesses according to current laws.
May 4, 2013 |
In the last 30 months, five U.S. cities have turned to private management companies to run their respective convention centers, among them Detroit and Chicago. Philadelphia and Los Angeles are now looking to do the same. Requests for proposals to manage the Convention Center are due at 5 p.m. Friday. Turning to privatization to handle key convention center functions has everything to do with the need to run these complexes as if they were five-star hotels, said some industry experts.
May 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Liquor privatization is bad. That seemed to be the sum total of testimony Tuesday at the first of three hearings in the state Senate on Gov. Corbett's push to get Pennsylvania out of the liquor business. The hearing in the Law and Justice Committee focused on the impact privatization would have on public health and law enforcement. Witnesses from the union for state troopers, who enforce liquor laws, and from drug and alcohol prevention and treatment groups said privatizing would lead to more liquor outlets, more drinking, and more alcohol-related crime and violence.
May 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - On the eve of key hearings on Gov. Corbett's liquor privatization push, the top Republican in the state Senate is making no promises that his chamber will kick out a privatization bill any time soon. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) said Monday that everyone in the Capitol had become fixated on getting such a bill passed before the legislature's summer break even though little work had been done on other major, time-sensitive initiatives, such as the budget.
May 1, 2013
By Raymond Scalettar The Centers for Disease Control has weighed in very publicly in the debate surrounding the privatization of state liquor stores in Pennsylvania, suggesting that privatization would harm public health. The studies CDC cites as evidence, however, do not support that claim. Robert Brewer, who leads the alcohol program in the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has repeatedly pointed to a review by CDC's Community Task Force.
April 27, 2013 |
TRENTON - Democrats finally had an opportunity Thursday to question - and criticize - Republican Gov. Christie's treasurer about the partial privatization of the state lottery. But it appears there is little Democrats can do to stop it. Barring the plan being struck down by a judge or deemed illegal by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a private consortium known as Northstar New Jersey will take over marketing and sales of the $2.8 billion lottery. The lottery, which provided $950 million last year to state programs, would still be overseen by the state.
April 25, 2013 |
It's a simple, critical, and sobering question at the heart of the debate over privatizing state liquor stores: Will Pennsylvanians drink more booze if sales are wrested from government control? Advocates say liquor privatization would mean more convenience, better selection, and lower prices. But public-health experts say reducing the government's role in alcohol sales comes with a potentially harmful downside - people buy more of the alcoholic beverage that is privatized. In 2011, the Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group appointed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommended against privatization "based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per-capita alcohol consumption.
April 24, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Let the liquor hearings begin. The first of what will likely be three state Senate hearings on a controversial bill to privatize Pennsylvania's government-run wine and liquor stores has been scheduled for next Tuesday in the Capitol - and it is bound to be telling. That the bill has few ardent fans in the Senate is no secret. Republicans who control the chamber have strongly signaled they are leaning toward modernizing, rather than privatizing, the State-Store system.
April 22, 2013 |
I'll bet that flying means to you roughly what it does to me: battling seat pockets that eat knee space. Emptying your inner life into plastic trays. Far above the clouds, another, better world exists: It's a paradise of infinite legroom and no one around to pat you down preflight. In fact, as a passenger in a private jet, you call the shots, even when it comes to buckling seatbelts. Celebrities and Romney-class politicians know this well. And so do I - since a business-owning pal let me fly aboard a JetSuite Embraer Phenom 100 from Providence, R.I., to New York.