Election integrity officer residency requirements examined

Election integrity officer residency requirements examined

The current residency requirements for elected and appointed individuals responsible for ensuring the integrity of elections was discussed at a meeting of the House State Government Committee Tuesday, where members heard an operational overview and update briefing from Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf administration focuses on hiring more Millennials

Wolf administration focuses on hiring more Millennials

The Office of Administration Monday said they are aiming their hiring and recruiting efforts at attracting more Millennials, a demographic currently underrepresented in the ranks of state government employees.

 

The announcement came during an informational meeting with members of the House State Government Committee, who heard background information about the Office of Administration, the executive branch agency tasked with carrying out the behind the scenes operating practices of state government.

Monday, February 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Differing vape-tax-fix bills emerge from committee

Differing vape-tax-fix bills emerge from committee

Both houses of the legislature took steps to alter the tax on e-cigarettes and vape products Tuesday with differing proposals with the same goal emerging from legislative committee.

 

In July, the General Assembly passed the 40 percent floor tax on e-cigarette and vape products, including current inventory, as part of the revenue package supporting the budget. $13.3 million is anticipated from the tax.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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E-cigarette and vape rally takes over Capitol Rotunda

E-cigarette and vape rally takes over Capitol Rotunda

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians joined together Monday afternoon to rally against the 40 percent tax increase on e-cigarettes and vape products.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators circulate proposals altering coming vape, e-cigarette tax

Legislators circulate proposals altering coming vape, e-cigarette tax

While it doesn’t become effective until October 1, legislators in the General Assembly are already working to change a crucial funding component of the FY 2016-2017 budget: a tax on vaping and e-cigarettes.

 

As part of the funding package that was passed for the budget, lawmakers are counting on over $13 million from the new tax, which is to be levied on vaping and e-cigarette product retailers who are to pay a 40 percent tax on all vaping and e-cigarette products—including devices and equipment—that extends to current on-shelf inventory.

 

Realizing this might cause a problem for shop owners, legislators in both chambers are circulating co-sponsorship memos for proposals which would help vape and e-cigarette retailers deal with how to pay the tax in order to limit its effect on their ability to stay financially viable.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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