Ron Tomalis, Gov. Corbett's controversial secretary of education-turned special adviser, said today he will resign in two weeks. The state Department of Education issued that news as supporters of Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, started a conference call demanding the resignation of Tomalis and Carol Dumaresq, the current acting secretary of education.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first raised questions last month about what work was being done by Tomalis, who stepped down from his leadership role in the Department of Education 15 months ago but retained his $140,000 salary.
Katie McGinty, chairwoman of Fresh Start PA, called Tomalis' resignation "nothing short of stunning" in today's conference call. Fresh Start PA, a political action committee founded to support Wolf's bid for governor, does much of the negative campaigning against Corbett.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz today said the city is owed $2.5 million as of June from organizations that received police services, with $1.8 million of that debt being more than 90 days old.
Butkovitz, in a letter to city Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, noted that several of the debts are more than 10 years old.
The top five largest debts add up to a combined $1,062,458. They include:
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $341,328
- Philadelphia Phillies: $275,874
- Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.: $256,094
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts: $108,453
- Philadelphia Gas Works: $80,706
'Rage Incident?' Cops: After failing lie-detector test, husband confessed to strangling wife, from William Bender and Morgan Zalot.
Pols who don't belly up to the trough: Some in Pennsylvania (not many) opt out of taxpayer-financed perks, writes John Baer.
Three innocents hit by gunfire in Juniata, in this report from Vinny Vella.
Cops: We need to find the monster who strangled jogging mom, writes Morgan Zalot.
Hite: Thanks for the loot, but...Regina Medina covers Gov. Tom's Corbett's appearance in Philadelphia announcing he will send schools $265 million.
Chaka Fattah Jr. aims to clear the airwaves following a federal indictment, in this report by William Bender.
How does Chaka Fattah Jr. fund the high life that he loves showing off on Instagram? William Bender explains how Fattah Jr. is a mystery wrapped in an indictment.
U.S. Representative's son bilked schools, banks, feds say, in this report by Julie Shaw. Fattah Jr. charged with 23 counts.
Speaking of indictments, Feds to appeal bail for four of six indicted cops, writes David Gambacorta.
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Three of the six cops indicted last week were ordered out on bail yesterday. Julie Shaw has the story.
John Baer writes about Bill Clinton's unlikely visit to the memorial service for Richard Mellon Scaife.
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Victims of the band of rogue narcotics officers indicted this week shares their stories.
Mayor Nutter and the FOP have accepted an arbitration award with substantial raises.
Another roadblock for the cigarette tax emerges as House Republicans put off their vote on the authorizing legislation.
After the House of Representatives cancelled a scheduled vote to approve a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philly schools, a fired up Mayor Nutter likened it to anguish, harkening the words of JFK:
“You know, President John Kennedy said it often and it is just so absolutely true – the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, do nothing. That’s what’s happened here.”
Nutter had harsh words for House Republicans today who decided not to reconvene as planned to vote on the bill. The School District of Philadelphia has been counting on its passage in order for schools to open on time this fall.