IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

A recently released Independent Fiscal Office review of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018 budget analyzed three marquee proposals found within — a cut in the state’s corporate net income tax, a natural gas severance tax and raising the minimum wage to $12.00.

Taken together, the IFO predicted an average annual gain of $418 million each year in state revenue, which peaks in the early 2020s before falling down by 2023.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania Judges and medical professionals tell House members more treatment will lead to less DUIs

Pennsylvania Judges and medical professionals tell House members more treatment will lead to less DUIs

The consensus among testifiers was for a greater focus on treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration during a joint House committee public hearing in Philadelphia Friday.

Both the Judiciary and Transportation committees allowed two judges, an addiction psychiatrist, a clerk of courts and police lieutenant to share the effects of current driving under the influence (DUI) laws and its related programs effects on repeat offenders.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Despite a last minute gut-and-replace maneuver last week, redistricting advocates have not given up the fight to pass a redistricting bill through the House by its self-imposed June 30 deadline.

In fact, they’ve even settled on a new strategy — namely, a flood of legislation all heading for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and the State Government Committee, which so recently gutted and rewrote the House’s prime redistricting bill without any outside input.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

At a recent monthly meeting, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics endorsed legislation that would bring a raft of critical changes to the city’s campaign finance laws and limits.

Most notably, the bill would shift the city away from annual campaign finance limits and to a system of limits based on four-year election cycles – while increasing the maximum allowable contribution during that period to $5,000 for individuals and $20,000 for businesses and other organizations.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Ryan Briggs
Categories: Philadelphia

Tweets of the Week - April 16, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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