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Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:58:06 GMT

 



Baer: The trashman cometh
It's no insult to call Scott Wagner a trashman. He owns the title. It's what he does. It's how he made his millions.



Baer: A case for Philly's neediest cases
It's a case under the radar, largely a forgotten issue. It unfolds amid focus on cutting government spending. It unfolds at a time too much media obsess over celebrity "news," entertainment, and click-bait lists of ways to shed that stubborn belly fat.



Baer: Yo, Harrisburg, how about some real New Year's resolutions?
AH, JANUARY, month of self-improvement, time to strive for betterment. Time of hope. Time for positive change. Take Pennsylvania's legislature (please!). It's back to start a new two-year session, or, as I like to call it, 24 months of perfidy on parade.



A political columnist confesses his sins
DUE TO some unused vacation and barring any more political earthquakes, this is my last column of 2016. (No cracks about wishing it were my last ever.)



Are there no heroes to stop state layoffs?
BECAUSE I HARBOR shreds of hope that even Pennsylvania can sometimes do the right thing, I expected a pre-holiday layoff of 500-plus state workers to be forestalled.



Baer: Are there no heroes to stop state layoffs?
Because I harbor shreds of hope that even Pennsylvania can sometimes do the right thing, I expected a pre-holiday layoff of 500-plus state workers to be forestalled.



The yin & yang of Pennsylvania Society
NEW YORK - I've long had mixed feelings about the Pennsylvania Society gathering held in Manhattan annually during the second weekend in December.



Trump's directory for draining the swamp?
Ever hear of "The Plum Book?" It's so named for its color. But I like to think it's named for its content: a listing of plum political jobs - in the current edition some 9,000.



Pa. state workers face cruel political twist
JUST IN TIME for the holidays, 521 state employees, mostly union members, are scheduled for layoffs Dec. 19 because Harrisburg, as only it can, screwed up a funding issue.



Goodbye, Mr. Cohen . . . or not?
I, for one, will miss Mark Cohen. Not that we're close. Far from it. But I've written about him for decades, often with relish. And now he's leaving the legislature after decades.