Natural Gas Industry Comes Out Opposed to Severance Tax

A group representing Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and business concerns expressed their opposition to a severance tax on natural gas extracts today.

Before the General Assembly left for the Easter break, and in the intervening period, calls for a severance tax to ease budgetary pressures have grown as the June 30 budget deadline becomes closer.

Noting the industry has already paid $2.1 billion in state taxes since 2007 and $631 million under the Act 13 impact fee since 2012, Stephanie Wissman of the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Pennsylvania called proposals for an additional severance tax “irresponsible.”

“Make no mistake, these short-sighted tax schemes are based on politics, not economics,” Wissman said. “They will destroy job growth and stifle the type of capital investment that is helping our state to grow.”

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Statewide Poll Shows Perceived Connections Between Education Funding and Economic Development

A statewide poll was released today showing the public's perceived connection between public school funding and the economy.

The survey was conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research.

Pennsylvania’s major education leadership associations, such as the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the School Boards Association, among others, held a press conference call with Madonna on Tuesday to discuss the findings.

The Spring 2014 Omnibus Survey showed that more than 85 percent of those surveyed said they believe public schools have a “very strong” or “some” effect on economic development, while nearly three quarters of those surveyed said they believe the state investment in public schools needs to be “much larger” or “somewhat larger.”

“Strong public schools are critical to a strong economy and the investments our state makes should strengthen every community,” said Jim Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) in response to the survey's results.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

Call For Systemic Municipal Reform Permeates Hearing on Act 47 Bill

The Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday on legislation reforming Act 47, which provides assistance to Pennsylvania municipalities who are fiscally distressed.

The focus of the hearing was on Sen. John Eichelberger’s (R-Blair) Senate Bill 1157, the unamended version of Rep. Chris Ross’s (R-Chester) House Bill 1773, the latter of which is poised for final consideration in the House when that chamber returns to voting session after the Easter break. 

According to Michael Gasbarre, Executive Director of the Local Government Commission, the entity whose concepts are articulated in the legislation, the bill the legislation would—among other things—provide a five year time limit for cities to exit distressed status under Act 47, would enhance the early intervention program, allows for new taxes and mandate relief for distressed cities, and provides for municipal disincorporation if (in extreme cases) the municipality cannot exit distressed status.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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UPDATED: Despite Bipartisan Call, Severance Tax Remains Unlikely

Legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle gathered today to call for a Marcellus shale severance tax that will fund education.

“With the budget crisis that we are having, it sometimes has the impact of over standing a broader issue that is of equal concern to all of us and every member and every citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” noted Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). “Our schools are not funded the way they need to be and our education system is faltering.”

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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PA Jump$tart Coalition Celebrates Financial Education Month

The Pennsylvania Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy celebrated Financial Education Month Wednesday at the Capitol.

April is Financial Education Month in Pennsylvania and National Financial Literacy Month. Throughout the month, the PA Jump$tart Coalition hopes to help the public focus on the need for financial education, efforts taking place to improve financial education, and the status of financial education in Pennsylvania schools.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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