Posts Tagged ‘budget’
Philly Democrats preempt Corbett budget by outlining priorities

Philly Democrats preempt Corbett budget by outlining priorities

On Thursday morning, Philadelphia’s delegation to the Pennsylvania Senate spoke about their budget proposals for the next fiscal year, calling for a $300 million increase in education funding. Just 23 percent of voters believe Gov. Tom Corbett deserves a second term, but they still need to take on another budget he signs, which the governor plans to outline...

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State House on Transportation, SEPTA funding: ‘We’re getting there. Maybe.’

State House on Transportation, SEPTA funding: ‘We’re getting there. Maybe.’

Unfortunately for those of us living in the greater Philly area, the recent and distant future of our rail system relies on another system run by a bunch of politicians who drive to work, are ready to hold meaningless votes and consider mass transit a government handout. Fortunately for us, sort of, those people are at least back at their jobs. And recent actions...

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…And then the PA Senate killed Medicaid expansion

Over the span of four days, the Pennsylvania state Senate voted twice on language to include Medicaid expansion in the state’s welfare code. Both votes were bipartisan, but tell completely different stories about where the state’s political leadership is on implementing this piece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would provide health...

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Philly students to walk out, protest at noon today

Philly students to walk out, protest at noon today

Philadelphia students, organized by the Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change and other youth and adult-led groups, are walking out of their schools at noon today to protest budget cuts to the school district. “Schools are going to be operating on a bare bones budget that would call for, basically, the removal of all programs other than police...

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Did Corbett Budget Live Up To Post-Newtown Mental Health Comments?

Did Corbett Budget Live Up To Post-Newtown Mental Health Comments?

Come view my Modest Proposal. When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was asked about how to respond to the Newtown tragedy in December, he told reporters it wasn’t really an issue of guns, but of mental health. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an assault weapon or a handgun,” he said. “It’s a mental health issue that we have to...

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DAILY GRINDER: Corbett Signs Budget—15 Minutes Before Deadline

DAILY GRINDER: Corbett Signs Budget—15 Minutes Before Deadline

So, on Saturday, Governor Tom Corbett signed that pesky $27.65 billion budget after it was passed at a quarter-to-midnight on Saturday, satisfying exactly no one. Or rather, almost exactly no one. Take Royal Dutch Shell. The tax breaks for that company to build an ethane cracker plant in the commonwealth have been called Corbett’s “crown jewel” of the budget,...

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DAILY GRINDER: City Passes Budget; State Getting There

DAILY GRINDER: City Passes Budget; State Getting There

Philadelphia City Council passed the city’s budget yesterday. It’s $3.6 billion, raises property taxes 3.6 percent and gives the school district $40 million in new cash. The number falls way short of the $94 million Mayor Michael Nutter had hoped to funnel to the district and even shorter or the $218 million gap they face. Average property taxes are going...

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Rob Zombie Directing ‘Broad Street Bullies’ Film About Flyers

Rob Zombie Directing ‘Broad Street Bullies’ Film About Flyers

"Hockey is wonderful." Rob Zombie, acclaimed director of House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, and writer of that song “More Human Than Human,” is coming to Philadelphia for a new project: Broad Street Bullies, a film about the Flyers. According to Deadline New York, the Flyers are right up Zombie’s ally, as they “evolved from a...

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Free Library Feels Pain of State Cuts, Asks For Help

Free Library Feels Pain of State Cuts, Asks For Help

With all the cuts to welfare, health and schools in Pennsylvania, the library drain has gone mostly under the radar. But under the proposed state budget, the libraries may have lost as much as $330,000 in funds—and here, that’s on top of big city budget cuts. And today, the library sent out an urgent email message noting those cuts and asking the public for...

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DAILY GRINDER: Santorum’s ‘Big Announcement’ Revealed?

DAILY GRINDER: Santorum’s ‘Big Announcement’ Revealed?

For weeks, Rick Santorum has been telling us all about his “big plans” for the future. Personally, we’ve been on the edge of our various seats. THE EDGE, I TELL YOU. What would it be? Hosting his own Bible trivia gameshow? Opening a chain of Christian-themed steak houses? A hot air balloon trip around the world? Sadly, the answer to all three...

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