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Truly a Blue State

The latest Franklin & Marshall Poll confirms everything you've heard from friends and family about how things are going. In a word, lousy. The poll, released Thursday (Aug. 26) shows that only 30 percent think the state is on the... (Comments)

Taps for Greene?

It may be time to play taps for Carl Greene's career at the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The embattled PHA director has already had to do a mea culpa for ending up with a big tax lien on his home. "I... (Comments)

A Taxing Situation

Much to their distress, Pennsylvania legislators will be back in Harrisburg today (Aug. 23) to hear Gov. Rendell pitch them on increasing the gas tax and motor license fees.  Rendell is trying to fix a $431-million hole blown into the... (Comments)

The Word of the Day

is REFORM.  The Delaware River Port Authority, hammered within and without for its spending and other shenanigans, has decided to reform itself.  No more nepotism. No more political hiring.  No more non-bid contracts.  The bi-state authority, which oversees operation of... (Comments)

Paging Mr. Greene

The head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority has gone missing.  The staff and the board of the PHA have been unable to contact Carl R. Greene, executive director of the agency, since last week, after it was disclosed that Greene's... (Comments)

Johnny Doc Redux

He's baaack.  So reads the opener of a Daily News profile of John Dougherty, leader of Local 98 of the electricians union, who has emerged from two years of (relative) silence and has begun to make waves by getting involved... (Comments)

About That $250 Million

Gov. Rendell is scheduled to meet today (Aug. 11) with legislative leaders to discuss (yet another) hole in the state's $28 billion budget.  This one -- which totals $250 million -- was caused by a shortfall in federal funding for... (Comments)

Johnny the Reformer

The Delaware River Port Authority, always a source of merriment for its profligate ways, is in the news again.  John Dougherty, head of the local electricians union, has been hammering away at the DRPA leadership for some of its spending... (Comments)

Gas Taxes Going Up?

What can a lame duck do when his term is nearing an end? Go on tour.  Gov. Rendell is making a sweep of the state to drum up support for an increase in the state's gasoline tax and motor licensing... (Comments)

Feds to the Rescue

It looks as if Pennsylvania won't have a $850 million hole in its budget after all.  The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday (August 4) to provide an additional $26 billion in federal stimulus aid to the states.  The bill... (Comments)

Nutter Kicks Drop

Mayor Nutter wants City Council to abolish the DROP program for city employees.  The reason? It costs the city money -- an estimated $258 million over the last 10 years, according to a report issued Tuesday (Aug. 3) by Boston College... (Comments)

Bicycle City

In case you ever wondered exactly how many bicycles are out in downtown Philadelphia at rush hour, the Center City District has an answer.  The CCD sent out folks to count bike traffic on the northbound lanes as they crossed Spruce... (Comments)

Is DROP a Flop?

That's the finding of a Boston consultant hired by the city to examine the pros and cons of the early retirement program.  Oddly, the report from the consultant isn't due until later this month, but The Inquirer got a tip... (Comments)

That Sinking Feeling

When the legislature passed this year's state budget, they knew it had a huge hole. It depended on $850 million coming from the feds for Medicaid.  At first, Gov. Rendell said he was optimistic Congress would pass the additional aid.... (Comments)

Worries Over Gas Drilling

The rapid expansion of gas exploration in Pennsylvania has triggered a demand for more federal oversight over drilling.  The New York Times reported Sunday (July 25) that the EPA is considering looking into issues involving drilling, particularly the practice called... (Comments)

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