DAILY GRINDER: 7 Northeast States—but not Pennsylvania—Sue EPA Over Methane
Seven states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is “failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas drilling,” according to the Associated Press. And, not surprisingly, Pennsylvania is not one of the suing states. (OK, so: methane good; health care bad. Got it.) After all, the American Petroleum Institute says the suit “makes no sense,” and they’re always right. None of the states involved— Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont—are large producers of oil or gas.
Two-thousand security guards in Philadelphia have voted to unionize and will be represented by the Service Employees International Union. The union says wages will increase from between $8 and $11 per hour to between $10.45 and $13 per hour. The contract, beginning January 1, expires in 2016. This is relatively big news, considering the anti-union demagoguery going on in Michigan and, to a greater degree, on Fox News.
Police are looking for two suspects after a shooting occurred on a train at 56th and Market Streets last night.
One of the nine nominees selected by Mayor Michael Nutter to the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board caused City Council to “balk” yesterday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. That nominee, Joan Markman, is the city’s chief integrity officer and former prosecutor for both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell noted Markman may understand how to deal with federal papers, but “People want to feel that there’s somebody interested in moving PHA forward, not just check records.”
There was an “apparent” mob hit in South Philadelphia last night. It left a 50-year-old man dead of gunshot wounds and “Police were questioning Anthony Nicodemo, 41, a reputed mob soldier, in connection with the killing, and were seeking a warrant to search his Packer Park home.”
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) says he believes the government will get a deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff. This probably means a deal will not get done.
Governing Magazine says Gov. Tom Corbett is “potentially vulnerable” in the 2014 election. We say that’s being generous.
Gov. Corbett also decided yesterday to reject setting up a state-run health insurance exchange, which is a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Pennsylvanians in need of health care will be able to choose their provider via a federal government exchange, instead. More on what this means for you later.