VIDEO: Protesters ask Speaker Turzai to return to Harrisburg to finish the budget

VIDEO: Protesters ask Speaker Turzai to return to Harrisburg to finish the budget

On Wednesday, morning a group of protesters gathered outside of Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's office to demand a balanced budget that prioritizes the needs of Pennsylvania’s families.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

As part of his $32.3 billion spending plan for FY 2017-2018, Gov. Tom Wolf is counting on nearly $294 million from a 6.5 severance tax on natural gas extracts, less an impact fee credit.

 

What will it look like and how is it being received?

Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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