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John K. Manna: Proposals in Harrisburg fail to reflect reality
My, how time flies. The city of New Castle is in already in its eighth year as a distressed municipality under state Act 47.
John K. Manna: Decyphering results of state Democratic survey
It’s no surprise that Tom Wolf is far ahead of other Democratic candidates for governor, according to a recent poll. After all, Wolf has been flooding the airwaves with ads, effective ones at that, as evidenced by this Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
John K. Manna: State says some local people have high incomes
A lot of people fantasize about becoming instant millionaires. That’s why millions of Americans play the lottery, particularly when the jackpots for Powerball and Mega Millions exceed $100 million.
John K. Manna: Son of football legend leads political field in poll
Jay Paterno announced last week that he will be a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the May primary. Earlier this week, a poll showed Paterno leading the field of Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor by a slim margin.
John K. Manna: Distressed status gives city more revenue sources
New Castle’s population decline over the years has been well documented. It may be small consolation, but most cities in the Northeast have experienced a migration of residents to the suburbs or the Sun Belt over the last 50 years or so.
John K. Manna: Governor’s stances appear to shift over time
Where did Gov. Tom Corbett get his ideas? I don’t know if anyone has ever asked that question, but it came to me this week after reading a column written by G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young.
John K. Manna: Survey data suggest governor faces re-election struggle
While public opinion polls are conducted throughout the year, this is the time of year they may carry more significance. Primarily because we are entering a new political campaign season, one in which Pennsylvania voters will be electing a governor.
John K. Manna: Rationale for rejected Voter ID law remains suspicous
Back in 2011, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said House Bill 934 was needed “to ensure our system has integrity.” Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican, was the prime sponsor of the bill requiring voters to provide a state-approved photo identification when voting.
John K. Manna: State acts to give public more information
When someone suggests, for example, that school property taxes be replaced with state funding, school officials object. And why? They contend that local control would be diminished as a result. I find it laughable since school districts really have little local control now.
John K. Manna: Council members clash on filling empty slot
What a way to begin a new session of New Castle City Council. If this is a honeymoon, I can’t imagine what the divorce may look like. Not that I’m predicting any kind of irreconcilable differences among members of council, but they got off to a rocky start Thursday night in attempting to fill a vacancy on council.
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