Jean Belinski Not Running for Reelection for Bethlehem Council

Everybody was expecting this but now it’s official. Jean Belinski was one of the Council members I disagreed with most over the past two years, in third place after Dave DiGi and Eric Evans, so I’m glad this will be an open seat race. Hoping 4 young progressives manage to take the seats now held [...]

We Need to Increase Social Security Benefits By 20%

Duncan Black nails it in USA Today: We need an across the board increase in Social Security retirement benefits of 20% or more. We need it to happen right now, even if that means raising taxes on high incomes or removing the salary cap in Social Security taxes. The 401(k) experiment has been a disaster, [...]

Corbett’s Rejection of Federal Medicaid Dollars Will Deny Insurance to 700,000 Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania Health Access Network says Tom Corbett and the Teahadists’ rejection of $43 billion in free federal money over 10 years will deprive 700,000 people of health insurance: Today Governor Corbett did not appropriate federal funds in his proposed budget that have already been allotted to Pennsylvania to offer health care coverage to approximately 700,000 working families. [...]

Lowlights of the Corbett Budget

Here’s my first pass. Feel free to point out important stuff I missed in the comments. The Bad News: - Turning down $43 billion in federal Medicaid money, denying insurance to 700,000 PA residents – Transportation Funding Plan Of Wusses – comes up a billion dollars short of panel recommendations, ignores multiple decent recommendations – Flat liquid fuels [...]

No, Social Security Does Not Add to the Debt

Robert Stoker: Of course, the idea of a trust fund “asset” is controversial, since this is money the government owes itself. Trust funds are not assets to the federal government because the assets of any given fund are offset by liabilities owed by the Treasury Department; their net value to the federal government is zero.  [...]

The Callahan Fundraising Juggernaut

Bernie O’Hare has the John Callahan finance report and it turns out he’s been raising money like he’s running for Congress: Bethlehem Mayor and NorCo Exec hopeful John Callahan has filed his 2012 campaign finance report, and it’s a doozy. He raised a whopping $197,289 last year, and after payments to political consultant and Finance Director Rachel Doran, still [...]