GOP putting the ‘mean’ in meaningless legislative efforts

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Fall, that time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to…a budget crisis, political dysfunction, a renewed health care mess and, oh, yeah, off-year elections. So, let’s see, the state still lacks a revenue plan to pay for a spending plan it passed some months ago, so now some bills aren’t being paid. The state House Republicans have come up with a wacky plan...

Letter: Rep. Lewis touts his record

To the Editor, As the state representative for the 74th district, it has been my honor to fight in Harrisburg for taxpayers.  For the second year in a row, I joined a bipartisan coalition in Harrisburg against excessive income and sales tax hikes that would have penalized hard-working Pennsylvanians.  Democrats and Republicans voted together to hold the line on taxes, while funding our schools at...

Local legislators back bipartisan state budget

Senate, Gov. must OK $31.55 billion state spending plan By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Correction: Adds Rep. Truitt’s vote. It appears last year’s long, drawn out state budget process may be shorter — based on the bipartisan passage of a new $31.55 billion budget by the state House of Representatives, Tuesday, 132-68. The budget was supported by seven Chester County State Representatives...

Grab a No. 2 pencil and underline this: the Keystones are unfair

While the legislature fiddles, teachers and students suffer By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The good news is that the kids got to sleep in a bit on a school day. And while it’s becoming increasingly clear that our teens don’t get enough sleep — and a movement to delay the start time in Chester County high schools is slowly gaining momentum — that my twins, freshmen at Unionville High School...

Scalia’s death puts Toomey in an impossible position

Plus: more juvenile budget behavior and the Kane show that will never end By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times After this past week of watching Pennsylvania politics, I almost wish I was back on the serious pain meds I took after my recent back surgery — because it wasn’t exactly a week that covered the commonwealth with glory and it hurt a bit to watch it all. From the juvenile tussle over the state...

Out with the old, in with the new….state constitution?

Dysfunction, failure points to need to revise 1968 state constitution By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Happy Old Year! Or, same old, same old. With precious few days left in 2015, the ongoing battle of the budget for the state of Pennsylvania continues unabated. There is, to be sure, lots and lots of blame to be shared by all sides, from a state legislature that seems not to know what it wants to...

Commissioners OK halt of payments to state due to budget impasse

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners said Thursday they would stop sending funds to the state — about $4 million a month on average — collected by county row offices, in light of the ongoing state budget impasse, which has cut state funds to county services. The three commissioners, chair Terence Farrell, vie Kathi Cozzone and Commissioner Michelle Kitchline issued the following...

Dinniman denounces Corbett schools cuts

State Sen. Andrew Dinniman HARRISBURG – State Senator Andy Dinniman decried the proposed slashing of state funds for higher education at a rally this on the Capitol steps attended by hundreds of students from West Chester University and Pennsylvania’s 13 other state universities. Dinniman, (D-19, who represents various loca communities in the Coatesville area) said the governor’s proposal to...