Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday took what sponsors are calling a historic step in voting to approve the Property Tax Independence Act by a 6-5 bipartisan vote.

“It’s one for the history books, it’s never before been approved by the Senate Finance Committee,” said Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), one of the prime sponsors of Senate Bill 76. “It’s a major step forward.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Blake expresses concerns with changing Pennsylvania's property tax system

VIDEO: Blake expresses concerns with changing Pennsylvania's property tax system

During Tuesday's Senate Finance Committee meeting discussing SB 76, legislation that would eliminate school property taxes by raising state personal income and sales tax, Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) expressed some concerns he has with the bill. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

A rally bringing hundreds of medical marijuana advocates to the Capitol steps was held Monday morning to urge action on Senate Bill 1182, which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Supporters of the bill say a vote will occur in the Senate as soon as next week.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.15.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.15.14

Members of Humane PA and other animal activists gathered in the Main Rotunda on Monday to bring awareness to HB 1750, a bill to prohibit the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. The legislation would also end live pigeon shoot contests. 

Speakers at the event included President & CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of Humane PA, Karel Minor, and Rep. John Maher (Allegheny). 

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

The House Finance Committee Monday considered two bills that would reduce the amount Pennsylvania would be able to borrow for capital projects in the coming years.

Both bills moved out of committee largely along party-lines with Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) being the only Democrat to vote in favor of the measures.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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