As the dairy industry struggles, lawmakers hope to spur growth with a new tax relief program

As the dairy industry struggles, lawmakers hope to spur growth with a new tax relief program

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s dairy industry is facing hard times.

 

A recent report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that Pennsylvania dairy farmers are experiencing “one of the longest sustained periods of low producer prices for milk,” which has led to a decline in the number of dairy farms across the commonwealth.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

5 bills to watch for the week of June 3

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From the governor's Farm Bill proposal to robocalls, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 3.

Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture

Growing Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector is an objective that has received bipartisan support in Harrisburg in recent weeks, as both Republicans and Democrats have underscored the importance of addressing and adapting to new trends in farming. 
 

Tuesday’s House Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture gave lawmakers the opportunity to gauge department secretary Russell Redding on the state of Pennsylvania’s largest industry, as well as a forum to seek solutions to obstacles the department — and Pennsylvania’s farmers — are facing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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