Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

The legislative taxpayer caucus, met in Allegheny County at a hearing hosted by caucus member Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) this week to discuss the state Senate’s most recent budget revenue proposal to balance Pennsylvania’s $31.99 billion budget for the FY 2017-18.  


The caucus heard from a panel of utility officials, natural gas industry suppliers and workers, as wells as taxpayers who were mostly critical of the plan that would place an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale drillers and a gross receipts tax on natural gas customers, as well as a tax hike on electricity and phone bills.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

A coalition of Pennsylvania business and economic leaders came together Tuesday to discuss what they believe to be the negative impacts of the Senate-passed revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget 


Much of the conversation focused on the new taxes and higher tax rates proposed for natural gas drillers and consumers in $2 billion revenue package passed by the body in late July.  


The proposal calls for a five percent tax on the gross transaction amount of electric grid virtual financial transactions and a 5.7 percent gross receipts tax to natural gas consumption, provisions that many within the “Anti-Energy Tax Coalition” say will quash any competitive advantage Pennsylvania may have in the energy industry. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday on a “Jobs That Pay” event where, after touring an area business, he provided his thoughts on the ongoing state budget process.

With a plan to fund the 2017-18 state budget halfway to implementation after the Senate passed a $2 billion revenue package late last month, Gov. Wolf said he is hopeful this year’s budget standoff will be over soon.

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for July 24

The state Senate voted on a package of revenue bills this week to balance the current and just recently concluded 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Here’s how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Senate legislative delegation voted on those bills. 

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for June 26

The state General Assembly completed another busy session week.

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County legislative delegation were up to. 

Monday, July 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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