Following appropriation increase, Penn State freezes tuition for second-straight year

Following appropriation increase, Penn State freezes tuition for second-straight year

Many students at Penn State University won’t see an increase tuition next year, as the school voted Thursday to freeze tuition for in-state residents for the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

The freeze comes as the Penn State University Board of Trustees approved the university’s 2019-2020 operating budget on Thursday, which totals about $6.8 billion in spending.

Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban abortion if a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, expunge criminal records for people who receive pardons and remove regulations on child-run lemonade stands in Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Surrounded by local government officials, educators and business owners, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to rally behind funding to expand broadband access in rural areas as part of his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

The plan — which proposes funding $4.5 billion worth of capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas — would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Program, which would provide financial assistance to businesses, nonprofits, local governments and rural electric cooperatives to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide high-speed internet in low-access areas. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Closing the loophole: Why some businesses pay less in corporate taxes and how Democrats want to fix it

Closing the loophole: Why some businesses pay less in corporate taxes and how Democrats want to fix it

Currently, businesses and corporations in Pennsylvania can shift their earnings to states with lighter tax burdens to pay less in corporate net income taxes.

 

It’s a strategy that is commonly referred to as the “Delaware loophole” since Delaware does not levy a corporate net income tax on business subsidiaries holding intangible assets. This allows multi-state businesses to transfer money to their Delaware-based subsidiary through transactions and other maneuvers to avoid paying the CNIT in other states, including Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that they will be increasing tolls for cash and E-ZPass customers beginning in 2020, as the commission grapples with increasing debt obligations.

 

The six percent increase in toll rates comes as the Turnpike continues to struggle meeting funding obligations required under two state-level statutes — Act 44 of 2007 and Act 89 of 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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