VIDEO: Sen. Vulakovich's new bill would offer a tax holiday for emergency preparedness equipment

VIDEO: Sen. Vulakovich's new bill would offer a tax holiday for emergency preparedness equipment

The PLS Reporter sat down with Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to talk about Senate Bill 765. This bill would establish a sales tax holiday for the purchases of emergency preparedness equipment.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

After Dr. Esther Barazzone announced last month that she would be leaving the board of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a new member was announced Monday to fill her position on the city financial oversight board.
The appointment of Dr. John M. Wilds, which became effective July 1, 2017, was made by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Cheswick). The ICA board is made up of one appointment each by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and Minority Leader of the House.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

As top state lawmakers continued to struggle to find a global agreement on a nearly $2.2 billion revenue package Sunday night, it looks more and more likely that Gov. Tom Wolf will have to make a decision about whether to partially or fully veto the $31.99 billion state spending plan on his desk or allow it to lapse into law since an agreement is unlikely to wind through the legislative process by the Monday midnight deadline to bring it into balance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

With little more than two days remaining before a midnight Monday deadline for Gov. Tom Wolf to decide how he’ll handle the FY 2017-2018 state spending plan should it remain unbalanced, Republican legislative leaders picked up the pace of their revenue discussions Saturday as linchpin gaming expansion issues narrowed in difference between the two chambers’ demands.

Saturday, July 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Another day ticked down to when Gov. Tom Wolf must make a decision regarding an unbalanced budget and state legislative leaders were still far apart Friday on getting to a global agreement on a revenue package of more than $2 billion to close out the FY 2016-2017 fiscal year and bring in to balance the current year’s spending plan, which is currently before the governor.

 

Speaking to reporters after a Friday House voting session that saw members vote on housekeeping measures, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) reiterated a message he sent to his fellow House Republicans on Thursday: there is no revenue deal.

Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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