• The wrong path

    What's more important, arriving at the correct destination or taking the best path to get there?

  • The right hires

    Government boards and councils have a lot of important functions,with being good stewards of the tax dollars they are entrusted with spending and allocating being number one. Pretty high on the list too, though, is making big, department or management-level hires. A lot of those will be forthcoming soon.

  • What went wrong?

    We only have one question regarding the departure of Dr. Agnes Slayman as superintendent of Chester County Schools...how did things go so wrong, so quickly?

  • Legislators to public: Wait, what's this committee for again?



    A House oversight committee is seeking public input on several agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB). It's hard to know if members really want input or whether they just like the appearance of inclusion in their decision-making process. Whether they do or not, they've asked for it here.

  • No more toys

    At a special called Chester County Council meeting Monday, Councilman Alex Oliphant said too many local elected leaders have a "take my toys and go home" mentality when they don't get their way. The problem, he noted, is that the toys don't belong to the people taking them home, but to Chester County residents.

  • Expecting different results

    One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. With that in mind, we think Chester City Council demonstrated a very sound mind recently.

  • Open up

    On a couple of occasions, we have used this space to advocate that local governments put a full accounting of expenditures online and offer easier access to citizens in general. We are happy to report the issue is at least now being discussed.

  • Getting what you wish for

    Maybe it's a case of "be careful what you wish for."
    Back in May, Chester City Council voted overwhelmingly to allow Chester County to handle its tax billing. The county already handles billing for other municipalities and the City of Chester has become more the exception than the rule in this department. Very few cities actually prepare, send and collect their own tax bills anymore, ceding those duties to the counties.

  • Passing the veto buck

    While the governor’s vetoes may have totaled a miniscule portion of the budget, it didn’t stop lawmakers from overriding a significant number of her 87 vetoes (83 on the General Appropriations bill, three on the Capital Reserve Fund bill and one on the Supplemental Appropriations bill). The House sustained only 17 of the 87 vetoes and the Senate another two.

  • Do vetoes matter?

    On Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley issued her budget vetoes. This year's state budget – once again – is by far the largest budget in state history. In total – and including the Capital Reserve Fund bill and the Supplemental Appropriations bill – Gov. Haley's vetoes added up to $30.2 million, or about 0.01 percent of the total budget.