A group of Philadelphia senators is championing language that was inserted into a state gambling bill last month that would divert about $2 million in casino revenues for economic development and revitalization projects - some say pet projects - across the city. It is money that could otherwise have gone directly to schools or into the city's general fund
The Republican-controlled legislature is hoping this week to send Gov. Wolf a long-fought bill to overhaul retirement benefits in Pennsylvania's two debt-riddled public pension plans. The Senate approved the legislation Monday, and the House is expected to vote on it by Thursday - and say they have the votes to pass it. Wolf, a Democrat, has said he supports it. On the surface, it looks like a deal. But everyone is still cautious, since less than two years ago, a tentative agreement on a pension reform bill imploded at the eleventh hour.
The Superior Court ruling follows several years of appeals. Perzel pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy, theft, and other crimes for using taxpayer dollars to develop computer programs to further his and other Republicans' political careers.
Angela Couloumbis covers state government in Harrisburg. She has been a reporter at the Inquirersince 1996, covering city government, courts and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Camden, and the governors and governments of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.