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Cruz’s Bill Targets Dumping in Philly

Cruz’s Bill Targets Dumping in Philly

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington) and other members of the state House’s Philadelphia delegation are hoping that newly introduced legislation to strengthen trash-dumping enforcement in Pennsylvania’s largest city will improve conditions that have led some to refer to the city as “Filthadelphia.” At a Capitol press conference, Cruz said the problem surrounds the […]

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What’s ‘Fair’ for Pa. Natural Gas?

BY DENISE FUREY Pennsylvania House Finance Committee sent a bill to the floor that would levy a severance tax at on the extraction of natural gas. The tax would apply to unconventional (shale) gas wells that are already subject to the state’s impact fee. The excise rate would start at 2 cents per thousand cubic […]

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Pa. Is Ill Prepared for Next Recession

BY STATE REP. JAKE WHEATLEY Economics is called the dismal science; Pennsylvania politicians seem intent on making it an even gloomier discipline. The current budget debacle is bad enough: more than three months late, $2.2 billion in the red – and still raiding already committed funding while pursuing more borrowing, despite the commonwealth’s sinking credit […]

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Shaping up with Sen. Tony Williams

Fall is a fine season to get in shape, maintains State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.). Every year he sponsors a series of varied exercise programs throughout his 8th Senatorial District, which covers communities in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia as well as parts of Delaware County. All are free. Citizens are invited to sample […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Where Does the Money Go?

BY RYAN BRIGGS AND MAX MARIN On a chilly night in 2014, Nassir Geiger left his house an innocent man with a 2000 Buick LeSabre and $580 cash in his pocket – his paycheck for the week. He drove to a nearby McDonald’s for a late-night snack. By the time he returned home the next […]

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City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. […]

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Waterworks Restaurateur Lands State Dept. Gig

BY RYAN BRIGGS The State Department has appointed Gladwyne-based political consultant and former Waterworks restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos to a high-profile administrative position. The appointment, first reported in the Greco-American news outlet National Herald, took effect on July 23. Karloutsos will serve as acting deputy chief of protocol after receiving a personal recommendation from then-White […]

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PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Aug. 3, 2017

Boyle Seeks to Kill Delays As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the Commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle plans to re-introduce a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly […]

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Stop-&-Go Bill Advances

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Major legislation in the General Assembly is often the product of compromise and deal-making. The Senate’s latest revenue package was no exception. However, while various interest groups and stakeholders are scoffing at individual portions of the five budget-related implementation bills that will cumulatively provide for nearly $2.1 billion in funding for the […]

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OUR OPINION: A Bitter Harvest of Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

There is no better time of the year than the first week of August for people who love fresh produce. Peaches and nectarines are in fragrant abundance; blueberries are still blushing in their clamshells; tomatoes, cukes, peppers, corn – oh, that corn – and the rest of farmland’s summer cornucopia are on vivid display at […]

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