DAILY GRINDER: British, Keno, Online Games May Help Gov. Corbett Privatize Lottery
Gov. Tom Corbett wants to privatize the lottery—and what could possibly go wrong? Especially when a British Firm, called Camelot Global Services, wants in, and the governor seems ready to outsource in the name of killing union jobs. That company is guaranteeing nearly $34 billion to the state over the next 20 years if we allow them to invade Pennsylvania (as opposed to the $22.6 billion it’s brought in over the last 40; making it one of the top-performing lotteries in the country). And how will they do it? By adding keno and “other online games” to the state lottery system! Camelot are the only bidder for the idea.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz is set to audit the elections. Specifically, he’ll be looking into the actions of the commissioners on Election Day. WHAT DID THEY KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT. No, not really. But what went wrong—and why did so many people vote via provisional ballot? “We welcome and share his interest in this matter,” Co-Chair of the City Commissioners Al Schmidt said.
An internal report is looking at preferential treatment for well-connected Philadelphians who head to traffic court. The report, commissioned by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, identifies U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, State Sen. Mike Stack and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell as higher-ups who help people they know get out of traffic tickets. Brady flatly denied the report’s findings.
State leaders are set to get a 2.2 percent raise this year as part of their cost of living adjustment—but Corbett and members of his staff are declining. Because they are fiscally conservative.
The Philadelphia Firefighters’ union’s raises have been upheld.
Accuweather (the most trusted name in weather) says it’s going to be sunny and nice in Philadelphia over the next two days—perfect for enjoying a parade and stampedes of shopping—then we’re set to get a cold front.
Joshua Scott Albert, the Philadelphia food blogger who was arrested for Facebook pages he created called “Kill [Insert public figure’s name here],” has had bail set at $300,000 after a preliminary hearing.