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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

EDITORIAL: State: open for business, or for sale to highest bidder?

March 21--Pennsylvania's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent (as of January) is better than many states', but it's still a troubling number.

Still, we are disheartened to hear Tom Corbett's pick to run the state's economic-development department announce that "Pennsylvania is open for business."

Maybe because to Philadelphians, the phrase "open for business" has too often meant that our government and its officials are for sale.

Or maybe it's because that pick, C. Alan Walker -- who has yet to be confirmed to head the state's Department of Community and Economic Development -- is an energy executive with a troublesome environmental track record . . . and a virtual blank check from Corbett. Read more