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OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

BY STATE REPS. MIKE HANNA & MIKE DRISCOLL Working men and women and the middle class are the engines that drive our economy. But a secure retirement has become unattainable for many. The decline in retirement security is the result of many causes. The decimation of private-sector pensions, the stagnation of real wages and corporate […]

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What Lies Beneath Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic

by Cassie Hepler Pothole season is upon us as winter’s fury sinks its teeth into our roads. But potholes have been getting worse in recent winters. And the problem is not caused by fiercer weather but by human neglect. In the end, it’s the motorists who pay the price when their tax dollars are not […]

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State Commits $300 Million to Port of Philadelphia, but PRPA Staff Is Slashed

by Joe Shaheeli When Gov. Tom Wolf joined US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), elected officials and stakeholders to tout a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia, proponents of Southport grew worried. Would their long effort to create additional super-modern terminals with the development of Southport’s acreage be consigned to a page in […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Port Investments Make for a Merry Christmas

GOV. TOM WOLF and LT. GOV. MIKE STACK played the role of Santa Claus and announced an early Christmas present to the folks of Southeastern Pennsylvania. And what did they leave under the tree for the good people of SEPA? A $300-million capital investment in the Port of Philadelphia. This investment will improve several port […]

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Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Jim Kenney made this address at the City’s first Philadelphia International Unity Cup game: “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, and even hopeless. Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways. “And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In […]

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YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK: Oct. 27, 2016

Taylor Named CORA 2016 Civic Champion State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) has been named CORA Services’ 2016 Civic Champion. CORA’s Champion Awards are presented each year at the Champions for Children Celebration to recognize individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in partnering with CORA Services to create a brighter future for children and families […]

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Interview with Sen. Bob Casey on Gun Laws

by Greg Salisbury The untouched takeout coffee cup perched on the conference table of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee’s Center City headquarters is the only visible indication of how long US Sen. Bob Casey’s day has been. The commonwealth’s senior senator, green tie still firmly knotted in place, has been crisscrossing the region today […]

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What’s On City Council’s Plate in Fall 2016?

10 Council Members Share Their Thoughts by Tony West On the heels of a busy spring 2016 City Council session, which saw passage of a transformative Sweetened Drinks Tax along with the 2016-17, Philadelphia’s legislature started its fall session on Sept. 7. A month into the session, there is a lot on its plate. All […]

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Historic Preservation in Philly Needs a Truce – and Then a Plan

by Tony West Philadelphia needs a better way to handle the challenges of historic preservation as it enters a new cycle of dynamic development, Harris Steinberg told the Building Industry Association’s annual conference at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sept. 22. He was referring to the recent outcry over Toll Brothers’ proposal […]

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A Pardon Will Soon Be Just a Click Away

by Eldon Graham Second chances for most people are sought after 10 times over by individuals or their loved ones. State Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-N. Phila.) and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack are trying their best to lend a hand. The two Democratic politicians have partnered on a new initiative to allow Pennsylvanians to become more […]

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