As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislature leaves town with revenue package unfinished

Legislature leaves town with revenue package unfinished

Mired in what one might call a good-old-fashioned Pennsylvania budget-related stalemate, the state General Assembly left Harrisburg Tuesday evening with little hope of returning in the next several days to send a funding package to Gov. Tom Wolf to balance out the $31.99 billion spending plan that he allowed to lapse into law Monday night.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald came out Monday in support of a proposed state-level move to consolidate four human-services related state agencies.

 

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed consolidating the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into one Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

A bill designed to delay the proposed consolidation of four human services related state agencies for up to a year passed along a narrow margin from the House Human Services Committee Wednesday.

 

However, the bill has an uncertain future as more specifics about the consolidation plan become known.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Legislators from both parties in either chamber of the legislature have started the process of seeking support from fellow members to combine the Departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The proposal—first articulated by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February budget address—has been carried forward in a spending plan crafted by House Republicans currently under consideration in the Senate after it passed the House just two weeks ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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