Dinniman denounces Corbett budget education cuts

State Sen. Andrew Dinniman HARRISBURG – State Senator Andy Dinniman decried the proposed slashing of state funds for higher education at a rally this on the Capitol steps attended by hundreds of students from West Chester University and Pennsylvania’s 13 other state universities. Dinniman, (D-19, who represents Newlin and West Marlborough in the Unionville area) said the governor’s proposal...

Letter: Demand Gov. Corbett keep campaign promise to disabled

To The Editor, The political climate for people with disabilities is getting worse in Pennsylvania.   This administration has stepped away from working with self advocates and family advocates.  The cuts to the budget have been drastic and more are going to follow. The service definitions are moving away from being person centered. Waiver opportunities and access to wraparound services are shrinking. ...

Local disability community calls on Corbett to be fiscally responsible

Guest columnist suggests state not provide services neither wanted nor needed By Susan Rzucidlo, Guest Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Susan Rzucidlo The Disability community is asking Gov. Tom Corbett, The Senate and the House to be fiscally responsible and not reopen or expand state run institutions. Currently, in our state there is an Emergency Waiting List of 3,383 people with intellectual or...

Column: the fundamentals of economic failure

Summer of discontent has voters asking ‘what’s going on here?’ By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Welcome to the summer of economic insanity. More than likely, you’ve heard about the madness in D.C. on the debt ceiling and it has more than a few of us scratching our heads, being more about political theater than good governance. But…leave it to Gov. Tom Corbett...

Unionville board leans against increasing tax hike

Boosting tax rate from 1.0% to 1.4% would mean about $20 increase; social workers, guidance and librarians could be in crosshairs instead By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com An average propety taxpayer in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District would see about $20 of additional taxes if the board were to boost the tax rate to the state's Act maximum. Right now, a narrow majority...

Barrar’s town hall: budget takes center stage

Residents ask questions on a wide range of issues, but the bottom line reigns supreme By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) answers questions from local residents during Wednesday night's Town Hall session at the Chadds Ford Municipal Building. CHADDS FORD — Gov. Tom Corbett’s new budget may or may not be popular, but it sure seems to have gotten people’s...

Updated: Corbett’s call for salary freeze could have impact on Unionville teacher talks

Nearly $500K in cuts in local school funding, more state police in proposed state budget 4:20 p.m. Updated: adds figures for local education funding cuts By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Gov. Tom Corbett It’s lean and mean, but it remains unclear at first blush exactly what the local impact will be of Gov. Tom Corbett’s first proposed state budget — a budget that calls for some...

Toxins in our Drinking Water?

To The Editor: Sunday’s New York Times revealed a report from Ian Urbina regarding natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. He exclaimed, due to the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, that we are the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” Unlike most states, Pennsylvania does not require drillers to dispose of their drilling waste/frack water in underground storage wells below impermeable rock...

Corbett taps Aichele for State post

Potential departure of county commissioner could be leg up for GOP candidate in 2011 By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Chester County Commissioner Carol Aichele has been tapped to join the administration of incoming Gov. Tom Corbett. Chester County could be getting a new county commissioner sooner rather than later — as incoming Gov. Tom Corbett has picked current commissioner Carol...