May 14, 2015
IN PAST City Council races, we've always been impressed with the wide variety of candidates that come up from the neighborhoods and community activism, "regular joes" who are dedicated to public service. These contenders are not always the best qualified, but their runs represent the essence of democracy - and a refreshing counterpoint to a City Council that has often represented political dynasties as much as, if not more than, the people's business. This time around, the large slate for at-large Council seats is impressive for a different reason: They represent a level of professional accomplishment in law, business and education that could bring a strong upgrade to the city's legislative body.
April 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf met behind closed doors Tuesday with Republicans who control the legislature to jump-start talks on what both sides agree will be a hard-fought deal on a state budget. In their first talks - after weeks of public promotion and pushback on both sides - Wolf met with Senate and House leaders for about a half-hour in the Capitol. No one offered details of the discussions. Republicans said they stressed the need to meet the July 1 deadline to pass a budget for the new fiscal year - a nod to Wolf's comments last week that he didn't think a deal would be reached in time.
December 5, 2014 |
Rather than taking on the hard work of genuine tax reform, Congress plans to continue its sloppy approach to the issue by extending roughly 50 temporary tax breaks for another year. That sets up another crisis next year. It also means individuals and businesses can't keep accurate budgets because they don't know if their tax breaks will survive the next hostage-taking episode in Washington. The wind energy business, for example, is slumping because a key tax credit expired last year.
October 9, 2014
HOW ABOUT some tax talk? Wait, wait, don't leave. This is important, or could be. It's a big part of the governor's race and likely to be a focus of the final debate in Pittsburgh tonight. Republican Gov. Corbett says he should be re-elected for keeping taxes low and because Democrat Tom Wolf will raise taxes - without saying how much. Wolf argues Corbett's management and tax policy hurt education, job creation and state fiscal ratings. Wolf says he just wants to make taxes fairer.
July 31, 2014
ALTHOUGH IT'S summer and the living is easy, perhaps you've noticed extra heat on Tom Wolf from Tom Corbett, who wants Wolf to remain a cabinetmaker instead of a Cabinet-chooser. (Get it? Wolf's company makes cabinets. If elected governor, he'd choose a Cabinet. So Corbett would rather he . . . well, if you have to explain.) The heat comes from Corbett's campaign saying Wolf is hiking taxes if elected and hiding taxes to get elected. Also, Wolf lies and is a hypocrite. More on that later.
May 8, 2014
Two qualified candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Bucks County Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's most competitive congressional district. To their credit, both have waged civilized campaigns focused on their resumés and the issues. Kevin Strouse's background as an Army Ranger and CIA analyst suggests relevant experience in national security matters. But scientist and businesswoman SHAUGHNESSY NAUGHTON 's grasp of a broad range of issues would make her a better match for Fitzpatrick in the fall.
April 14, 2014 |
TRENTON - The Christie administration is proposing a series of "tax policy adjustments" in its next budget to "close loopholes, increase consistency, and support fairness. " But none of them, the Christie administration says, are new taxes or tax increases. Fees and adjustments are favored terms for both parties in modern political discourse. But the tax rhetoric being used by the administration is notable, in part, because the Republican governor repeatedly attacked his Democratic rival in his reelection campaign last year for voting to raise taxes and fees "154 times" in her legislative career.
March 14, 2014 |
MATT WOLFE, a Republican ward leader in West Philadelphia, announced his candidacy yesterday for the at-large City Council seat vacated by Bill Green. Wolfe made the announcement with about 100 supporters at the Millcreek Tavern in West Philly. Wolfe, a lawyer, is seeking his party's nomination for the special election May 20. "Philadelphia's government needs to change, and I would bring a different perspective to City Council than what's there," he said. Wolfe has a long history of community involvement, including serving as director of the Spruce Hill Community Association, serving on the board of the Friends of Clark Park and the old West Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
July 28, 2013 |
We may have our differences, but we heartily agree that our tax code is overly complicated and inefficient, and that we need to start controlling our skyrocketing national debt. Structural tax reform can address both problems. To that end, Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.) are coming to Philadelphia on Monday. They head the Senate and House committees responsible for tax policy, and both are committed to reforming the tax code. They are visiting cities across the country seeking support and input for the overhaul from taxpayers and business owners.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Americans are all but certain to face a broad hike in taxes on Tuesday for the first time in at least two decades, ending a prolonged period of declining taxation that has become a defining characteristic of the American economy. Regardless of whether President Obama and Congress reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, many Americans will see a higher tax bill because of the expiration of the payroll tax cut, which was enacted in 2011 as a temporary measure to boost economic growth.