Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Another week into June, and details on the budget are still slow coming, but Capitol observers think that could just be a sign that a deal is near.

In fact, one of the few disagreements to bubble up has had more to do with federal policy trickling down than the state level problems.

Saturday, June 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Pushback on possible Delaware River basin fracking ban bubbles up in legislature

Lawmakers advanced legislation this week to refund Pennsylvanians in the Delaware River watershed who lose out on fracking royalties as part of a general pushback on the river’s federal governance.

Since the 1960s, the Delaware River Basin Commission — an interstate compact between Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — has managed the water quality and use of the winding river system that stretches from the Catskill Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, June 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Green energy investment bill signed into law

Green energy investment bill signed into law

For a farmer hoping to add a wind farm or a factory looking to preserve water, a new program could help kick start investment.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB 234 into law earlier this week, which lets commercial and industrial property owners spread out the cost of a loan for a green infrastructure investment over a longer period of time without any taxpayer funding.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

The state Public Utility Commission order construction halted on the nearly complete Mariner East 2 pipeline Thursday.

Their decision comes as the Senate moved a resolution, SR 373, out of committee earlier this week to dive deeper into pipeline policies and enforcement.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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