Pittsburgh ICA approves city's $555 million proposed budget

Pittsburgh ICA approves city's $555 million proposed budget

During a special meeting of Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board Thursday, members approved the city’s proposed $555 million budget for 2018, 3-0.

The board was required to provide a vote on the proposed spending plan by Friday. Two members abstained from the vote, saying they weren’t confident that once the proposal went before City Council, it would face some major changes.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 2

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for October 2

The state House and Senate wrapped up another legislative session week.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

The latest effort by lawmakers in Harrisburg to balance this year’s state budget via a five percent hotel tax increase could hurt the chances of a long-sought after Pittsburgh Sports Commission, said Pittsburgh officials Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Sports Commission is part of an economic development strategy between VisitPittsburgh, the city’s official tourism promotion agency, the Sports Exhibition Authority, with support from the Peduto administration and City Council to recruit major sporting events to the city.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
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