Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 29
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Happy almost-Halloween from the Woodlands Cemetery in West Philly; photo via @deeje87 on Instagram.
BUDGET IMPASSE: PA SCHOOLS HAVE BORROWED $431M SO FAR
Harrisburg can’t pass a budget, so schools have been hitting up the banks for loans. So far, according to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, that means $431 million in lending just to make payroll. We’re more than 100 days past due for the fiscal plan, with Governor Wolf and the legislature at odds over taxes and pensions and liquor reform, among lots of other non-common ground. So it’s bad! And it’s likely to get worse; if a deal doesn’t come through by Thanksgiving, DePasquale warned, another 54 schools will need to borrow another $250 million.
WHY IT FLOODS SO OFTEN IN PHILADELPHIA
Ever feel like rainwater starts to collect quickly in Philly? That rain might be falling for just a couple of hours and it’s already collecting on the sidewalks and streets, turning a routine walk or drive into an adventure? It’s not just you. Philadelphia is a city prone to flooding thanks to its geography and age. And Dock Street, and other avenues like it, are at least partly to blame.
Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist and 'Portlandia' star Carrie Brownstein will talk about her memoir, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl." Ticket prices include a signed copy of the book.
Where: Merriam Theater at 250 S. Broad St. 19102
When: October 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $45-$80
BILLY PENN LIKES
BYE, S.S. UNITED STATES
Earlier this month, the S.S. United States Conservancy sent out a message that the massive, historic ship resting in the Delaware River could be scrapped if developers didn’t agree to a deal or massive amounts of funds were raised. One thing is nearly certain: Regardless of what happens, Philadelphia will no longer be the home of the S.S. United States. Possibly soon.
HARRISBURG IS SUPER CURIOUS ABOUT FANDUEL AND DRAFTKINGS
You may have noticed recently that daily fantasy sports is a thing. Want to get rich quick? Be a millionaire? The ads promise your answer is on FanDuel or DraftKings. It’s only a few clicks away. You also may have noticed that Pennsylvania is broke and our state’s leaders can’t decide on the best ways to bring in revenue to fund things like schools and public services. So now, this state could head toward getting its own slice of that sweet $3 billion fantasy sports pie. But only if it’s ruled to be gambling — here’s why it’s not, but why people are talking about just that thing.