August 13, 2016
CHICAGO - Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation's fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state Legislature, have reduced this state they control to insolvency.
August 11, 2016 |
Sports-betting fans in New Jersey may finally have run out of luck. A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected the state's attempt to legalize sports betting for the third time in three years. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, ruling in Philadelphia, said that the state's initiative to legalize sports betting at casinos and race tracks - an effort to revitalize the faltering casino industry - breached the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)
June 17, 2016 |
The state legislature on Wednesday approved controversial new rules to reduce the surface impacts of oil and gas drilling after Gov. Wolf agreed to exclude the conventional gas industry from the revisions. The new regulations, five years in the making, will apply to "unconventional" oil and gas drilling, which includes shale-gas development using hydraulic fracturing. Conventional drillers, a politically powerful group that includes many traditional small operators, had objected to new rules.
May 10, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Make elections fair In the Pennsylvania primaries, with hot battles for president in both major parties and 18 congressional seats and a Senate seat at stake, just 45 percent of registered voters turned out. This was a primary people cared about, with clear, major differences that separated the candidates. Why did most voters stay home? Many believe the system is rigged, through complicated political party rules for nominating conventions, through superdelegates, and in other ways ("After the primaries," May 1)
April 28, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has noted correctly that "the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. " In Pennsylvania, which nominated candidates for Congress and state legislature in Tuesday's primaries, that is not how representative government has worked for many years. At the beginning of this decade, Republicans drew legislative and congressional district lines so masterfully - and questionably - that the state's delegations don't come close to reflecting the population they're supposed to represent.
April 6, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Wolf's veto works Gov. Wolf was right to veto House Bill 1327 and preserve Pennsylvania's progress toward compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan in the face of roadblocks put up by the state legislature for short-term political gain ("Wolf vetoes Pennsylvania's fiscal code," March 29). The bill would have empowered the House and Senate to block the state's compliance plan. Interfering with the development and submission of a plan could force the state to accept a federal plan.
April 5, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Brain drain? The editorial "With a whimper" (March 24) highlights Pennsylvania's failure to pass a budget that adequately invests in human services. The state legislature has repeatedly failed to pass a budget that raises new revenue. As a result, human services have been sorely underfunded and could face drastic cuts if revenue is not increased this year. Failing to invest in human services has serious implications for the nonprofit job market.
March 23, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE More help for victims I applaud the decision to charge Franciscan supervisors with covering up crimes against children ("3 Franciscans accused in abuse," Wednesday). The state legislature should stop placating the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and move on statute of limitations reform so that more abuse victims can have their day in court. |George Salloom, Drexel Hill
February 26, 2016
IN FOCUSING on the problems created and solvable by our state legislature, the Daily News editorial board got it right in their editorial "Supreme mess: Ruling will erode Philly school district. " For the last several years, schools across Pennsylvania have fallen deeper and deeper into crisis. Drastic funding cuts to school districts across the state have resulted in layoffs of thousands of teachers, counselors, nurses and crucial support staff. AP classes, art, music and extracurricular opportunities have been limited.
February 5, 2016
GOV. WOLF was in Philadelphia on Thursday to tout his plan to provide an additional $200 million in subsidies to basic education, plus another $60 million in state money for pre-K for all children - a goal he shares with Mayor Kenney. Of course, we all know the problem with using these numbers. There is no guarantee the state Legislature will approve any of this new spending. In fact, the odds are against it. Forget about next year. The Legislature failed to approve the governor's call for an extra $360 million in additional funds for basic education this year.