$50 Million For Economic Development In Southeast PA

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and John Grady, President of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) today to announce that PIDC will receive $50 million through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program
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Mayor Nutter Delivers Budget Address

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and Fiscal Years 2013 – 2017 Five Year Plan introduced to City Council Mayor Michael A. Nutter delivered his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Budget and Fiscal Year 2013- 2017 Five-Year Plan in his annual budget address to City Council. The Mayor’s proposed budget (more...)

About Middle Class, Medicare & Crisis

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz issued the following statement after the joint Senate-House conference committee signed a conference report to extend middle class tax cuts, extend unemployment assistance, and prevent cuts to the Medicare physician payment rate. “The Conference Committee has reached a bipartisan agreement to (more...)

AstraZeneca Layoffs 7,300 More Workers

Pharmaceutical Company AstraZeneca is going to cut 7,300 more jobs in all branches worldwide, according to CBS News. AstraZeneca bases in London, but has facilities in Wilmington and Newark, Del. It will cut 7,300 more jobs " because of declining fourth-quarter profit and prospects for less revenue in 2012 (more...)

Tax Season On National EITC And Saving Day

Mayor Nutter and the Campaign for Working Families will officially kick-off tax season by announcing the opening of 11 community based tax sites, which will offer free tax filing services to eligible Philadelphians. Through these tax sites, the Campaign for Working Families helps Philadelphians eligible applicants receive the Earned Income Tax (more...)

Higher Toll Fees For PA & NJ

Toll collections will have rise on three area roads in 2012. According to CBS News, "the cost of commuting is going up by 50 % on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. But spokesman Tom Feeney says drivers can take comfort from knowing none of the (more...)

Are Bill Collectors Contacting You?

Are Bill Collectors Contacting You? If so, you may be entitled to receive money and make them stop. When a bill collector either attempts to call you or actually speaks with you there are certain rules they have to follow.  If these rules are not followed (more...)

Republican Opposition To Middle Class Tax Cuts

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz issued the following statement after Congressional Republicans voted against legislation to extend middle class tax cuts, extend unemployment assistance, and fix the Medicare physician payment rate. “Today, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans blocked an overwhelmingly bipartisan proposal to extend the payroll tax cut. (more...)

Property Tax Will Raise In Pennsylvania Counties

Several hundred thousand property owners in Pennsylvania will get bigger tax bills in 2012. " In Pennsylvania’s somewhat bewildering mill age and assessment system, a mill -- the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value -- is different in each of the 67 counties", Philadelphia Inquirer said. Bucks County is (more...)

Nearly Half Of the Congress Are Millionairs

The Center for Responsive Politics has reported that almost half of members of  the U.S. House and Senate are  millionaires. New study said, that about 47% of Congress, or 249 current members are millionaires, 36 Senate Democrats, and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average net worth in excess of $1 million  in 2010.  (more...)

Plight of Third-Class Cities

Local government leaders from across Central Pennsylvania appeared before the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today to give a first-hand account of the challenges facing the commonwealth’s small cities. “When a local problem replicates itself across the state under different leadership and in different regions, then (more...)

Terror-Free Investment

The Office of the State Treasurer today released the first comprehensive report on the outcomes of the Protecting Pennsylvania's Investments Act of 2010, legislation that was written by state Sen. Mike Stack, D- Philadelphia and state Rep. Josh Shapiro, D-Montgomery. The law (Act 44 of 2010) (more...)

Eurozone Crisis Likely to Be Primary Topic at G20 Summit

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer

The current Eurozone financial crisis is likely to be the primary topic at the annual summit of the Group of 20 (G20) advanced economies, but the leaders are also expected to focus on measures set in place for strong, balanced and sustainable

Minimum Wage Amendment

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today she will continue to push for an update to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage law, after a Senate committee voted to avoid a decision. The Senate Labor and Industry committee tabled a Tartaglione amendment that would have tied Pennsylvania’s minimum wage (more...)

Harrisburg Files For Bankruptcy

The capital of the state of Pennsylvania - Harrisburg - has filed for bankruptcy, because faced debts of $300m and could not pay for services. The city council voted 4-3 on to file for bankruptcy. But city's mayor, Linda Thompson challenged the legality of the vote in a news (more...)


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