As McCord prepares to be sentenced Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III for his crimes, the key to his punishment is how much credit he will receive for his cooperation with federal authorities and how happy prosecutors were with his performance as a government witness.
A group of Philadelphia senators is championing language that was inserted into a state gambling bill last month that would divert about $2 million in casino revenues for economic development and revitalization projects - some say pet projects - across the city. It is money that could otherwise have gone directly to schools or into the city's general fund
The Republican-controlled legislature is hoping this week to send Gov. Wolf a long-fought bill to overhaul retirement benefits in Pennsylvania's two debt-riddled public pension plans. The Senate approved the legislation Monday, and the House is expected to vote on it by Thursday - and say they have the votes to pass it. Wolf, a Democrat, has said he supports it. On the surface, it looks like a deal. But everyone is still cautious, since less than two years ago, a tentative agreement on a pension reform bill imploded at the eleventh hour.
Angela Couloumbis covers state government in Harrisburg. She has been a reporter at the Inquirersince 1996, covering city government, courts and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Camden, and the governors and governments of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.