House Republicans to float new gaming revenue proposal that axes the local share assessment

House Republicans to float new gaming revenue proposal that axes the local share assessment

A proposal led by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) and being floated by the House Republican Caucus to redirect local share assessment payments to Pennsylvania’s General Fund is under increasing consideration as an agreement on gaming expansion revenue is waning.

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Sen. Argall talks about his property tax elimination bill

VIDEO: Sen. Argall talks about his property tax elimination bill

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) is the prime sponsor for Senate Bill 76 and he joined The PLS Reporter to give us some more details on the bill that would eliminate the school property tax and raise personal income and sales taxes.

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding held a rally Thursday morning to urge the General Assembly to grant the $100 million increase to basic education funding formula proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Advocates said that the Pennsylvania constitution guarantees each student in the commonwealth receives a thorough and efficient education, but school districts are facing a difficult time funding this provision.

Currently, Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, along with the House’s proposal, has granted basic education the $100 million the group has hoped for. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
State DEP funds set to add electric vehicles to Pittsburgh's fleet

State DEP funds set to add electric vehicles to Pittsburgh's fleet

Pittsburgh City Council is one step closer to approving the acceptance of two separate grant awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to add electric cars to the city’s car fleet and build electric car infrastructure.

Under the legislation, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jennifer Presutti will have the authority to accept the money awarded from the DEP grants and carry out the programs. The bills passed out of the Finance and Law Committee unanimously Wednesday, and will see a final vote by Council on Tuesday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

With rank-and-file legislators heading out of town Wednesday and not set to return to Harrisburg until just five days shy of the traditional June 30th budget deadline, legislative leaders were continuing to come up short on an agreement on a spending plan and revenue package that will close out the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budget cycles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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