May 28, 2016 |
New Jersey higher-education grants totaling about $11 million to Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva and Princeton Theology Seminary are unconstitutional, a panel of state appellate judges ruled Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union led a lawsuit filed in June 2013 against Rochelle Hendricks, the state secretary of higher education, and Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff, then the state treasurer. The ACLU says the grants of $10.6 million to the yeshiva and $645,000 to the seminary were unconstitutional because of the schools' religious nature.
May 21, 2015 |
TRENTON - Even as the New Jersey Supreme Court considers whether Gov. Christie violated public workers' rights by slashing this year's payment to their pension system, the state treasurer and the Legislature's top budget analyst said Tuesday that New Jersey doesn't have the money to make a full contribution. "I think, frankly, that ship has sailed," Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told the Senate Budget Committee. "If the Supreme Court were to direct the state to make the additional payment before June 30, I'm not sure that that's fiscally or physically possible," David Rosen, budget and finance officer for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS)
February 4, 2015 |
During his six years as state treasurer, Rob McCord talked a lot about ethics (and talked a lot in general). His disappointing confession that he shook down state contractors for political support suggests it was mostly talk. In 2010, McCord pushed for reform of the "overtly political organizational culture" of the Delaware River Port Authority. The same year, he fought for unrestricted access to state gambling board meetings in the name of public oversight and transparency. And last year, facing a shellacking in the Democratic primary for governor, he launched a guilt-by-association attack on front-runner Tom Wolf in the guise of another ethical crusade, saying he wanted to bring questions of "character and judgment" into the campaign.
January 31, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord said Thursday that he was stepping down after six years in office, as signs emerged that he is under scrutiny by federal authorities. Investigators have been asking about McCord's campaign fund-raising in recent months, according to several sources close to the examination. The focus and extent of the inquiry are unclear. McCord, who submitted his resignation to Gov. Wolf on Thursday morning, did not respond to requests for comment. His spokesman, Gary Tuma, said in a statement that "this is not a matter on which the Treasury Department can comment.
May 23, 2014 |
FOR THE third time in three weeks, Gov. Corbett has surrendered on a controversial public policy that new Democratic nominee Tom Wolf could have used as a potent point of political attack. Coincidence? Or an example of an incumbent candidate moving to the middle of the political spectrum just as the general-election campaign begins in earnest? Corbett on Wednesday said he will not appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III that struck down the state's 1996 ban on same-sex marriage.
May 5, 2014
Rob McCord's great verbal volleys can be so relentless that he once joked to a Daily News reporter that he gets worn out listening to himself. But unlike politicians who prattle on at length without ever getting around to the question, the state treasurer and would-be governor tends to answer the question at hand along with half a dozen others. McCord's volubility may have its pitfalls, but it comes from an obviously rich reservoir of intelligence, knowledge, and energy. Along with his substantial experience in politics, government, business, and finance, those qualities make ROB McCORD the best of a strong group of Democrats vying to challenge Gov. Corbett in the fall.
April 21, 2014 |
First of four candidate profiles Rob McCord looked like he'd been dropped into that ubiquitous cellphone commercial, seated in an undersized chair at a too-tiny table in a Philadelphia classroom. But McCord wasn't tossing out inane questions to toddlers. His topic during the visit Wednesday to an early-childhood center near Chinatown was deadly serious: how to keep children - particularly those from struggling families - in school and out of jail. McCord, state treasurer since 2009, was on hand to make his case that if elected governor he would triple the amount the state spends on its youngest students.
April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
February 18, 2014
A story Sunday about the potential toxic effects of acetaminophen wrongly included oxycodone in the list of medications that contain the drug. A column Sunday incorrectly identified the agency that cited PATCO about broken elevators and escalators. It is the Federal Transit Administration. A story Monday about Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez wrongly described her husband, Tomas Sánchez. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, but did not take the bar exam and has never practiced law. A story Monday about the Philadelphia Film Society Theater at the Roxy misstated ticket prices.
September 26, 2013
OK, SO STATE Treasurer Rob McCord is now the eighth Democrat officially in the race for governor, giving rise to three immediate questions. Who is he? What's he bring to the party? Where does he stack up in the long and possibly still-growing list of wannabes? He is, believe it or not, a twice-elected statewide officeholder; though ask an average voter who the state treasurer is and you'll draw a dead-eyed stare. That's despite the fact that McCord's shown some cojones in a job rarely offering opportunity for macho management.