January 21, 2016
THINGS HAVE gotten so bad in the state Legislature in Harrisburg that a number of inmates are fleeing the asylum. So far, 16 incumbents - 11 Republicans and five Democrats - have announced they will not seek re-election. Some are doing it for career reasons. State Rep. Dwight Evans, for instance, is quitting to run against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. But a number said they are departing the scene because they essentially have lost faith in the chambers where they have served. As state Rep. Peter Daley put it: "I'm benching myself for a while.
October 9, 2015
BECAUSE OF THE failure of Harrisburg to act on a new state budget, people across the state are beginning to feel the hurt. And it's only going to get worse. Seventy two cents of every tax dollar sent to Harrisburg gets returned to local governments and school districts. And they cannot operate without regular infusions of state aid. That aid stopped July 1, when the deadline for a new state budget came and went. Over the summer, as the budget stalemate continued, districts and local agencies found ways to cope.
March 18, 2015
"WOMEN HAVE a right to their own careers. " The Daily News overlooked this concept, judging from the recent coverage of Shari Williams, a longtime communications professional who works for the Marcellus Shale Coalition to advance the expansion of the natural-gas industry in Pennsylvania. Under the insulting headline "Hubby Lobby," the story implies that Mrs. Williams got her job in 2012 only after her husband, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, voted for legislation that supports the expansion of the gas industry.
March 10, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - When this resort 63 years ago completed the Jersey Shore's first engineered beach-replenishment project, pumping 2.54 million cubic yards of sand onto a two-mile stretch of beachfront at a cost of around $4 million, officials thought it would solve the town's erosion problems for good. But by 1958, it appeared Ocean City - and ultimately its neighbors up and down the coast - would need more beach replenishment. And would have to keep doing it in the ensuing decades.
February 14, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a two-year certification for Lyft to operate throughout the state, except in Philadelphia, where the PUC does not regulate taxis or ride-share operators. In Philadelphia, Lyft operates in defiance of a ban by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which has ruled ride-share operators that connect riders and private drivers through a smart-phone app are illegal taxi services. Lyft's larger competition, Uber, received similar approval last month.
December 20, 2014 |
Bills requiring New Jersey public contracts at the state and local levels to use U.S.-made goods passed the state Legislature on Thursday over the objections of business groups, which argued that the measures would make the state less competitive. The five bills - one related to state and local entities, including state colleges, and the others to bistate transportation agencies, including the Delaware River Port Authority - passed largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.
November 22, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - There are no doubt partisan battles ahead, but for now, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is trying to set a positive tone with Republicans who control the state legislature. Wolf, a Democrat, surprised some legislative leaders on the other side of the aisle with a phone call shortly after his election. Then he sent a handwritten introductory note that was read aloud to Republican and Democrats in both chambers during caucus meetings. Then he called some top lawmakers a second time.
November 20, 2014
EIGHT YEARS ago, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded two licenses for Philadelphia casinos. The first, SugarHouse, opened on Delaware Avenue four years later. We all know what happened to the second: Foxwoods was delayed and delayed until it no longer became economically viable, and almost four years to the day of granting Foxwoods a license, the gaming board revoked it. Then began the long, slow process of awarding that second license to someone else. Yesterday, the board ended the suspense when it announced that the second will go to Live!
October 24, 2014
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Legal horror Just in time for Halloween comes a real monstrosity from the state legislature - a bill that effectively prevents municipalities from enacting ordinances stricter than state firearms laws ("Gun-ban lawsuit bill OKd," Oct. 21). Gov. Corbett (surprise, surprise) has already said he will sign. As attorney general, Corbett also refused police chiefs' pleas to close the Florida loophole, which allows anyone denied a handgun permit to obtain an out-of-state permit.
September 11, 2014 |
Like a run of convicted Pennsylvania politicians before him, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is beginning to build a postprison career advising clients how to work the levers of government. The president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said this week that his group had hired Fumo to provide it with "strategic input. " "He has unique experience both in the legislature and with the act" regulating gambling in Pennsylvania, said Salvatore M. DeBunda. "We felt that he paid his dues and he's allowed to go on with his life.