House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

The ink has barely dried on Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature but House Republicans are already looking to change one of the highest profile provisions housed in this year’s School Code: lowering the state’s compulsory school age to six years old and barring 17-year-olds from signing themselves out of school.

Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) is circulating a proposal which would grant a waiver for those who inform their school districts that they will home school their child, sparing them two additional years of paperwork which homeschooling advocates argued would be an unfair burden.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Surrounded by local government officials, educators and business owners, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to rally behind funding to expand broadband access in rural areas as part of his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

The plan — which proposes funding $4.5 billion worth of capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas — would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Program, which would provide financial assistance to businesses, nonprofits, local governments and rural electric cooperatives to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide high-speed internet in low-access areas. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Closing the loophole: Why some businesses pay less in corporate taxes and how Democrats want to fix it

Closing the loophole: Why some businesses pay less in corporate taxes and how Democrats want to fix it

Currently, businesses and corporations in Pennsylvania can shift their earnings to states with lighter tax burdens to pay less in corporate net income taxes.

 

It’s a strategy that is commonly referred to as the “Delaware loophole” since Delaware does not levy a corporate net income tax on business subsidiaries holding intangible assets. This allows multi-state businesses to transfer money to their Delaware-based subsidiary through transactions and other maneuvers to avoid paying the CNIT in other states, including Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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