Archive: June, 2010
Budget time in Harrisburg is never easy, but Republican lawmakers in Washington just made it more difficult.
The legislature and Gov. Rendell were making slow progress toward balancing Pennsylvania’s budget in another year of weak tax collections. Democrats lowered their spending proposal from $29 billion — an unrealistic 4.1 percent increase over last year — to $28.2 billion, nearer the Senate Republicans’ demand of $27.5 billion.
It was starting to look as if Harrisburg might meet the constitutional budget deadline of June 30 for the first time in Rendell’s eight-year tenure.
New rules that limit how long airline passengers can be stuck on a stranded plane should be extended to international flights.
The latest horror story of customer disservice on a transatlantic flight from London to Newark shows the need for tougher regulations to force carriers to treat passengers humanely.
About 300 passengers were trapped Tuesday on a Virgin Atlantic plane when it was forced to land in Hartford, Conn., because of bad weather. What they endured could only be described as abuse.
State Sen. Anthony Williams set a record by getting three individuals to each contribute more than $1 million to his failed bid in this year’s Democratic primary for governor.
The extraordinary largesse raised eyebrows, even for a state with no campaign giving limits and a governor who has raised millions over the years from firms and individuals who have profited off government contracts. The three Williams donors have refused to speak about their motives, but were said to support his stance on school choice, and in particular vouchers.
In the end, the three men — Joel Greenberg ($2.07 million), Jeffrey Yass ($1.86 million), and Arthur Dantchik ($1.45 million) from Susquehanna International Group in Bala Cynwyd — wasted a lot of money on a long shot.
But another troubling part of Williams’ campaign has received too little attention. That has to do with Williams’ failure to file his campaign-finance report on time.
Center City just became a bit more interesting and visitor-friendly, thanks to two initiatives that should showcase Philadelphia artists’ work as well as better guide tourists in their travels around the city.
Mayor Nutter’s push to promote the arts received a visible boost with last week’s opening of a ground-level arts office in City Hall that includes an 800-square-foot gallery.
The gallery in Room 116 will serve as the administrative roost for the city’s chief cultural officer and arts office director, Gary P. Steuer. But even more significant, the public space provides a glimpse of how more of City Hall’s ground floor might be transformed with amenities such as a cafe and other visitor services.