School district property tax elimination measure fails in Senate

Hopes of passing what sponsors believed would be a measure to put a stake in the heart of Pennsylvania’s school district property taxes were dashed Monday night, as their proposal failed along the narrow margin of 24 to 24, with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack voting in the negative to break the tie.

The proposal was voted on as an amendment to House Bill 683.

Prime sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) said the school district property tax system in effect today is the “same, stupid, unfair” tax that has existed since 1834.

“Again and again we have tried, but we have not succeeded [in eliminating the tax],” he said. “Today is the day and it’s long overdue.”

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget framework in peril? Depends on who you ask

Budget framework in peril? Depends on who you ask

Gov. Tom Wolf made no bones about it. Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Monday, he said the budget framework announced just a few short weeks ago is in serious jeopardy.

"Unfortunately, that work looks it is in peril. Deep peril," he said. "The Republicans have been unable to muster the votes they need to transform this agreed-upon framework into a real budget."

The votes he was talking about concern the component of the framework that would raise the state sales tax an additional 1.25 percent across the Commonwealth, to be dedicated to providing property tax relief to homeowners and farmers.

As part of that exchange, the property tax and rent rebate program currently in place using gaming revenues for funding would be eliminated, and the gaming funds—to the tune of $600 million—would be dedicated to the General Fund to offset rising public pension costs.

"[L]ate last week Republican leaders told me that they didn’t have the votes to deliver on property tax relief," he said. "In other words, the framework was not going to become a budget. I deeply regret this. We had within our grasp a budget framework that would have been transformational."

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Medical Marijuana advocates urge the passage of SB 3

VIDEO: Medical Marijuana advocates urge the passage of SB 3

Campaign4Compassion, the Pennsylvania based medical marijuana advocacy group rallied in the Main Capitol Rotunda today in support of SB 3. 

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Coalition of nonprofits push for budget passage

VIDEO: Coalition of nonprofits push for budget passage

During a Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) sponsored press conference, Terri Hamrick of Survivors, Inc., a domestic violence and sexual assault support system, spoke about the detrimental effects the budget impasse is having on her organization.  

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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ATV community seeks value parity, more recreational opportunities

As the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry concludes its public meetings this week on a draft state forest management plan—the first update to the plan in eight years—the ATV and off-highway vehicle community is speaking out about their feelings regarding unfair treatment by the department and ways their recreational activity can be encouraged by the Commonwealth.

Exclusive of snowmobile activity, the off-highway vehicle community claims to contribute $2.2 billion to the Pennsylvania economy each year and employs 50,000 Pennsylvanians, but has been subject to a de facto moratorium on increasing trail lands since the Ridge administration when the last substantial addition of trail in state forest lands was added.

Friday, November 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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