State’s revenue woes could impact tax refunds

At last week’s mid-year budget briefing, Budget Secretary Charles Zogby noted one potential risk that has arisen since the passage of the FY 2014-2015 budget: Come tax season, revenues will not be enough to cover refunds.

“The Department of Revenue is anticipating that we may have more in refunds than what we have available in terms of resources,” said Sec. Zogby. “[It’s] a potential weakness out there on the horizon.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A Closer Look: The Commonwealth’s Rare Collections Library with Stacey Aldrich and Iren Snavely

A Closer Look: The Commonwealth’s Rare Collections Library with Stacey Aldrich and Iren Snavely

The State Library of Pennsylvania is the second oldest State Library in the nation and has existed for over 250 years. Over those 250 years the State Library accumulated a treasure trove of knowledge and important literature, but it is in a secluded dwelling in the basement of the State Library where the rarest treasures are kept.

Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education, Stacey Aldrich, and Rare Books Librarian for the State Library of Pennsylvania, Dr. Iren Snavely, gave The PLS Reporter an inside look at the State Library's Rare Books Collection.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Harry Lewis (R-Chester)

Freshman Focus: Harry Lewis (R-Chester)

Meet Harry Lewis (R-Chester). He represents the 74th House District. Find out about why he ran for office, his background as an educator, and what he hopes to accomplish. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll

Keeping up with the Neighbors

A new police task force in OH, greyhound racing under fire in WV, and tiny houses in NJ

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich announced a new police task force following the shooting of a 12 year-old in Cleveland, in West Virginia the greyhound racing industry faces renewed threats from animal welfare groups and legislators, and in New Jersey a bill is under debate that would establish a pilot program for tiny houses. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Success of financially distressed municipalities may depend on additional reform

With the new legislative session quickly approaching it is easy to overlook what was accomplished during the 2013-14 legislative session, even if the paramount legislative issues remain on the legislature’s agenda.

One of the most notable pieces of legislation gained momentum in 2011 and passed in the closing days of the 2013-2014 session, when Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1773, also known as Act 199, which amends the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987, also known as Act 47. 

Monday, December 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Act 47