Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

The Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Environmental Resource and Energy Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday morning on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, where they heard from industry insiders on the difficulties they face in dealing with Pennsylvania’s regulatory environment.

Pennsylvania has grown to be the second in natural gas production behind Texas, according Policy Committee Chairman Sen. David Argall (R-Berks). 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania owns and leases a lot of office space across the state: 16 million square feet in total. This week, two senators from different sides of Pennsylvania—Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny)—unveiled their proposal to sell the naming rights to just about every state-owned office building help offset the operational costs of these facilities.

 

The proposal comes out of recommendations from a report issued by the Joint State Government Commission at the end of last year in response to a resolution sponsored by the two senators seeking answers to questions they had about reports of unused/unmanned state office space still requiring maintenance, upkeep, and—most importantly—money by the Commonwealth.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers were rejoicing Thursday over the fact that all three of the region’s state prisons that were slated for potential closure will remain open.

 

The three that might have closed were SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
School business officials pan property tax elimination proposal

School business officials pan property tax elimination proposal

Pennsylvania School Business Officials this week took to task the latest iteration of the Property Tax Independence Act—a proposal aimed at eliminating school district property taxes in Pennsylvania—being floated by Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), arguing that for 98 percent of school districts some form of property tax will remain even if the bill were to pass.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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