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POSTED: Monday, September 14, 2009, 11:55 AM

Here's the press release:

Pat Meehan Launches Run for Congress in
Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District

DREXEL HILL, PA – Pat Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and former District Attorney of Delaware County, formally announced his candidacy for Congress today in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District at a series of campaign stops in Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester Counties.

POSTED: Monday, September 14, 2009, 10:11 AM

Why are developers investing in Chester?

A Northeast couple is slain in a grisly knife battle with each other.

Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan is set to announce his GOP candidacy for the U.S. House today.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 3:32 PM

Mayor Nutter just said that he has spoken with one of state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi's top aides and he has high hopes that the state Senate will take action sometime next week to give the city's budget relief legislation final approval.

"We need them to vote quickly and put this matter to rest, put the bill on the Governor's desk, have the governor sign it and we can get back to governing the city in the way that best suits Philadelphia," Nutter said after thanking members of the state House of Representatives for their votes. He added that there should be no more amendments to the legislation, prompting a laughing state Rep. Dwight Evans to cup his hands around his mouth and shout: "Please!"

Nutter also said the "general view" is that the potential budget deal will make it easier for House Bill 1828 to pass the Senate. "We need this bill taken up as quickly as possible without any other further amendments or delays," he said.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 3:11 PM

The revised state House Bill 1828 – which provides budget help for the city and some statewide municipal pension changes – was just approved by the state House of Representatives. The house voted 117 to 76 to approve the bill, which would allow Philadelphia to temporarily raise the sales tax and defer some pension payments.

Without the help -- worth $700 million over five years -- Mayor Nutter says the city will have to cut costs and lay off 3,000 city workers.

The House stripped several Senate amendments from the legislation. Those amendments, pitched as statewide reform for financially troubled municipal pension plans, had invoked the ire of union leaders across the state, who claimed that the amendments would have hindered their ability to bargain collectively.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 2:44 PM

This budget deal ain't done yet. Gov. Rendell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today that he planned to veto the budget. Check out their story here.

An excerpt: "This budget is not balanced for this year, and it's a billion dollars short for next year," Rendell said in Pittsburgh. He said he plans to tell the legislative leaders who announced the agreement that he would "absolutely" veto the measure.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 1:14 PM

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority just delayed a vote on the city's Plan C budget for another week, expressing hope that state lawmakers would by then provide the city with budget relief.

Plan C is the budget the city will have to enact if state lawmakers don't grant Philadelphia permission to temporarily hike the sales tax and delay some pension payments -- moves worth $700 million over five years. The city would deal with losing the revenue by slashing 3,000 jobs, closing libraries and recreation centers and eliminating funding for the local courts. Without state action, those cuts would take effect Oct. 2.

The state House of Representatives is set to vote today on House Bill 1828, which would provide Philadelphia with the requested relief. From there the legislation -- which has been bogged down by the addition of pension reform amendments -- must go back to the state Senate for approval.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 12:25 PM

It's semi-official: The state General Assembly has reached a tentative agreement on a $27.945 billion budget for the fiscal year that started 73 days ago. Absent today from a Capitol news conference to discuss the deal were Gov. Rendell and leaders of the state House GOP. But leaders of the three other legislative caucuses were confident that they have the votes to move forward on the spending plan.

"I do apologize that it has taken us so long to come together and reach this compromise," said House Speaker Keith McCall. "The people of Pennsylvania deserve better."

Gov. Rendell is apparently unhappy with how the budget is put together but McCall said the legislators worked hard to make sure the amount of money Rendell wanted for education and recurring revenues were in the plan. "As far as we are concerned, we have met those parameters," he added.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009, 8:50 AM

The future of budget relief legislation for the city remains uncertain in Harrisburg. But lawmakers are inching closer to a statewide budget deal.

Social service organizations who haven't been paid by the state since June 30, due to the budget impasse, sue Gov. Rendell.

Student handcuffed at Philly airport for having arabic flash cards.

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