October 7, 2013
Higher Prices at the Pump?
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he has postponed a House vote on the transportation revenue bill until October 15th. He said he did it at the governors request. If passed, prices will likely rise to get money for improving roads and bridges. The state spends roughly 7 billion dollars a year on transportation. The bill passed the senate with bipartisan support.
Shooting in Hazleton
Investigators are still looking in to what happened on Saturday when police were called to a fight on Alter Street. During a scuffle with suspect, Jonathan Kane Garay, police say Garay went for a gun and pointed it at police. The report says an unidentified officer then shot and killed Garay. The family of the man has hired a lawyer. They say the police account of what happened is wrong.
More than 1,000 Pennsylvania National Guard Military Technicians are furloughed because of the government slowdown. The Pennsylvania Adjutant General has made it known that he isn't happy with that and expressed his concern for those who got furloughed and their families.
A resident of Sugarloaf Township wants a report by the state made public. Norman Dick thinks the report shows double billing in the police department.
All in the Family
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is dealing with new accusations of nepotism after reports that she moved her cousin from her campaign staff to an executive assistant job in her office. That job pays 56 thousand dollars a year.
Deadline to Register
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the November election. You can download the voter registration form on line but make sure you get it in today. For more information call the Columbia County Board of Elections at 570-389-5640.
Eighty-six senior judges in Pennsylvania received nearly 11 million dollars last year in combined state pension payments and income for their work in county courts across Pennsylvania. Pension payments for the senior judges totaled 7.1 million dollars and compensation totaled 3.8 million dollars, that's according to Right to Know Law. They benefit from a unique “double dip” arrangement. They get a daily rate plus they still collect state pensions as well as health benefits.