With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented a Will of Council before City Council Tuesday morning strongly opposing the “draconian” cuts President Donald Trump has presented in his proposed budget, and to encourage Congress to reject his proposed spending plan. 

“Now is really the time, as a city, and as elected [officials] to reach out to other elected officials on the federal side to say how dramatic this would be to our city and the basic services that we provide,” said Councilman O’Connor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf joined by former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris to tout new opioid prescribing guidelines

Gov. Wolf joined by former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris to tout new opioid prescribing guidelines

In a continued effort to reduce the overprescribing of prescription pain medications, Governor Tom Wolf visited University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore Thursday to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine. 

“The goal is to figure out how to balance the needs in subsiding and managing pain, but also the needs we have in preventing substance abuse disorders from turning into a death,” said Gov. Wolf during the press conference featuring state and local leaders, as well as former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris. “We have come up with prescribing guidelines that try to address that balance.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Appropriations Committee approves budget vehicle

House Appropriations Committee approves budget vehicle

The House Appropriations Committee Monday took the first in what is sure to be a series of long legislative steps to approving a FY 2017-2018 budget by unanimously approving and advancing vehicle legislation to the full House.

Monday, March 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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