Adam Peters has lost out on $625 each of the past three months.
Wilkes-Barre made the landlord the first target of its controversial “one-strike ordinance,” which allows the Northeastern Pennsylvania municipality to shutter a property for six months if it’s the scene of a drug or weapons violation. The suspension can go into effect immediately — before any hearing for the landlord or tenant.
The city has painted it as a crime-fighting tool as it deals with record-setting violence, but landlords see it as an assault on their constitutional right to due process. Other critics contend it could unfairly evict tenants and discourage residents from calling police for fear of losing their homes.
Peters has vowed to take the issue to federal court. He insists he’ll win.
“It’s an absolute joke, and I’m fighting back because it’s not right,” Peters said in a recent interview with PA Independent.
John F. Bradley, an attorney representing the Northeast Pennsylvania Landlord...
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill they and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) say will fix the state’s worst-in-the-nation pension system and which many analysts say will do no such thing.
Illinois has the lowest credit ratings among the 50 states. The state's huge unfunded pension obligations are the main reason.
The bill in the Democrat-dominated General Assembly enjoyed bipartisan support, as many Republicans jumped on board. Among other things, the law aims to reduce the state’s $100 billion...
There’s immense pressure on Illinois legislators to pass a pension bill. Legislators are scheduled to be back in session December 3. With the state pension system nearing insolvency and credit agencies warning of further downgrades, the perceived wisdom is that any pension fix, no matter how small, is a “step forward” that must be passed.
But when it comes to pension reform in Illinois, that logic has driven the state into a fiscal death spiral. Illinois’ history is full of pension fixes that...