IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office is estimating over $850 million more in revenue this fiscal year than initially projected, although it cautioned that many of the factors underpinning that increase are short lived.

IFO Director Matthew Knittel unveiled the updated projections at a meeting Monday, noting that the state economy performed roughly as expected but that a bump in taxes on internet revenue and strong corporate profits helped to boost the state’s revenue outlook.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Fetterman, legislators discuss legalizing marijuana in Philadelphia

Fetterman, legislators discuss legalizing marijuana in Philadelphia

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) joined citizens and legislators at Temple University Sunday afternoon to discuss the ramifications of legalizing marijuana to Philadelphia.

Stops in Philadelphia served as the culmination of a statewide listening tour for Fetterman on legalizing marijuana.

Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and York counties to choose a replacement for retired Republican Sen. Richard Alloway, in a race marred by controversy over one of the candidate’s social media posts.

Alloway retired in February, telling reporters that he did not see a path to leadership and that the time had come to move on to other ventures. The 50-year-old was elected in 2009 to replace the retiring Terry Punt.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Special Election Preview: Sam Doctor vs. Marci Mustello for the 11th House District

Special Election Preview: Sam Doctor vs. Marci Mustello for the 11th House District

Butler County voters will head to the polls tomorrow to choose their next state representative, following the resignation of former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) in March. 

Voters will have two choices on the ballot: Democrat Sam Doctor, a pro-gun, pro-union third-generation steelworker bent on reforming Harrisburg, and Republican Marci Mustello, a longtime district staffer to US representatives who hopes to cut business taxes and place a renewed focus on workforce training.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Department of Health declares hepatitis A outbreak after 171 new cases erupt

Department of Health declares hepatitis A outbreak after 171 new cases erupt

Sec. of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced on Monday afternoon that Pennsylvania will be joining 22 other states in declaring an hepatitis A outbreak. 

Since January 2018 there have been 171 cases of hepatitis A in 36 counties, with Philadelphia and Allegheny counties being hit the hardest. 

Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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