Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

A coalition of Pennsylvania business and economic leaders came together Tuesday to discuss what they believe to be the negative impacts of the Senate-passed revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget 


Much of the conversation focused on the new taxes and higher tax rates proposed for natural gas drillers and consumers in $2 billion revenue package passed by the body in late July.  


The proposal calls for a five percent tax on the gross transaction amount of electric grid virtual financial transactions and a 5.7 percent gross receipts tax to natural gas consumption, provisions that many within the “Anti-Energy Tax Coalition” say will quash any competitive advantage Pennsylvania may have in the energy industry. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Sen. DiSanto's Education Savings Account legislation could help low performing schools and students

Sen. DiSanto's Education Savings Account legislation could help low performing schools and students

Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) held a press conference at the Joshua Learning Center Tuesday morning where he announced his Education Savings Account legislation. 

This legislation would affect the bottom 15 percent of public schools statewide and are state-funded spending accounts that parents can use to pay for Department of Education approved expenses.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday on a “Jobs That Pay” event where, after touring an area business, he provided his thoughts on the ongoing state budget process.

With a plan to fund the 2017-18 state budget halfway to implementation after the Senate passed a $2 billion revenue package late last month, Gov. Wolf said he is hopeful this year’s budget standoff will be over soon.

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Lawmakers introduce bills aimed at ending budget impasses

Lawmakers introduce bills aimed at ending budget impasses

Once again mired in a budget-related standoff, legislators have started to form bills and co-sponsorship memos to address how the General Assembly should act when such impasses occur. 

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views

Tweets of the Week - July 31, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and other around Pennsylvania state government. 

Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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