Quick approval of Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization bill far from certain

The House Rules Committee Tuesday voted to send House Bill 1177, which would authorize a $2 per pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to fund its schools, to the House floor.

The committee did so after removing provisions in the legislation added by the Senate that created additional CRIZ zones and made changes to the hotel tax.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday took what sponsors are calling a historic step in voting to approve the Property Tax Independence Act by a 6-5 bipartisan vote.

“It’s one for the history books, it’s never before been approved by the Senate Finance Committee,” said Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), one of the prime sponsors of Senate Bill 76. “It’s a major step forward.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

A rally bringing hundreds of medical marijuana advocates to the Capitol steps was held Monday morning to urge action on Senate Bill 1182, which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Supporters of the bill say a vote will occur in the Senate as soon as next week.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

The House Finance Committee Monday considered two bills that would reduce the amount Pennsylvania would be able to borrow for capital projects in the coming years.

Both bills moved out of committee largely along party-lines with Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) being the only Democrat to vote in favor of the measures.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corbett’s major priorities still possible following meeting with legislative leadership

The conclusion from Monday morning’s “status check” meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett was that there is still hope major priorities like liquor privatization and public employee pension reform will reach the governor's desk.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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