Thursday, December 31, 2009

Clean-up time?

In a year-end editorial, The New York Times suggests that voters in that state vote out their entire legislature in 2010.

Pennsylvania voters won't get that full opportunity, but we should all reflect on the performance of our state legislators.

When you get an appetite for pork

Read the Washington Post's story about Pennsylvania Congressman Murtha's penchant for pork projects and how that's mostly a flat out waste of public (i.e., taxpayer) money.

Then think about this on a local level.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Buckwalter wins in Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Phoenixville Councilmember Ken Buckwalter in his suit against the Borough. In a December 28, 2009 decision the court held that “the Phoenixville Borough Council lacked the authority to change its councilmembers’ pay during incumbent councilmember’s terms.” The Borough's ordinance violated Article 3, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania constitution.

The opinion authored by Mr. Justice Eakin (in which five other justices joined) and the concurring opinion of Mr. Justice Saylor can be found here and here.