Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

Op/Ed: Block grant cuts will be devastating

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone President Trump has presented his first budget proposal, a document containing many surprises, and quite a few points that have alarmed various groups of people from housing advocates to environmentalists to diplomats. Count me among the alarmed. In Pennsylvania, Counties are on the front lines of spending on human services. We leverage...

Coatesville budget vote signals real progress

Kudos to City Council for stepping up to address fiscal mess By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times In a world of typically boring municipal budgets, the City of Coatesville is about to get very interesting. Monday night, the City Council voted to approve a preliminary budget for 2015 that does two seemingly impossible things: it doesn’t raise property taxes and it doesn’t dip into the city’s...