State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

State legislation preempting municipal plastic bag regulation, taxation clears Senate committee

A House bill that cleared that chamber in late April cleared the Senate Finance Committee Monday morning along a party-line vote.

 

The bill, House Bill 1071, has been introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), and is targeted toward municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees on recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments and could potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sunday’s Senate action starts week-long push to get pension reform to governor

Sunday’s Senate action starts week-long push to get pension reform to governor

Holding a rare session day Sunday, the Pennsylvania Senate started what is looking like a week-long, legislature-wide push to get a pension reform bill to the governor’s desk.

 

The legislation, Senate Bill 1, was considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee Sunday night and was sent to the Senate Floor by an 18 to eight vote. The bill is expected to be on final passage in the Senate on Monday.

Sunday, June 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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May revenues rosier, but the devil is in the details

May revenues rosier, but the devil is in the details

As expected, General Fund revenues for May 2017 exceeded estimate—by quite a large margin—but as the figures released Thursday revealed: the devil is in the details.

 

Overall, General Fund revenues for the month of May exceeded estimates by $98.5 million, nearly four percent, according to Department of Revenue numbers.

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 43: AFP-PA

This episode of the podcast features an interview with Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania State Director Beth Anne Mumford about the organizations "Free Our Spirits" campaign, which seeks to address the issue of liquor privatization from a grassroots level. We also give a brief of the latest news items.
Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Hoping to lead by example, Auditor General posts office’s expenses online

Hoping to lead by example, Auditor General posts office’s expenses online

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Wednesday announced he has taken the step of putting all of his office’s expenses online, hoping to lead by example for other governmental entities.

 

Back in 2015, DePasquale began posting his travel expenses online. He said in a statement Wednesday that the further posting of all expenses from his office is a further step in his commitment to transparency.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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