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
Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

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 for proposals that would establish an electric vehicle fee, provide income opportunities to student-athletes and protect agritourism in Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: So many bill signings, so little time

VIDEO: So many bill signings, so little time

Trying to keep up with the bills the governor signed this week? Look no further then here for your quick video recap. 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Gov. Wolf signs PA Farm Bill

Gov. Wolf signs PA Farm Bill

Gov. Tom Wolf joined legislators, advocates and students to sign the Pennsylvania Farm Bill. 

This bill will give $23.1 million to the agriculture industry  to help develop more resources for agriculture business development and succession planning, increase opportunities for the agriculture workforce, remove regulatory burdens, make more processing capabilities, increase market opportunities, and protect agriculture infrastructure. 

 

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

After what can only be characterized as a tense week in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the 2019-2020 budget into law, enacting a $33.9 billion spending plan that includes no tax increases, and boosts to education funding.

 

The agreed-upon budget between Wolf and Republican leadership bolsters funding for public education and agriculture, while also making the largest allocation to the state’s emergency Rainy Day Fund in years. Wolf also signed a Human Service Code bill that ends General Assistance, a welfare program that provides cash grants of about $200 to Pennsylvania’s poorest residents.

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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