VIDEO: Sec. of Health releases report on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Sec. of Health releases report on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today announced the release of the first-ever comprehensive report, produced by the Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases, on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania to help guide the commonwealth's strategy to address this growing health problem. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Senator wants to boost natural gas industry through infrastructure competition

Senator wants to boost natural gas industry through infrastructure competition

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) took to the microphone Tuesday to promote his Senate Bill 953, which he said will give a boost to Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry by increasing competition by allowing companies to expand natural gas line infrastructure.

Currently, he said, half of all households and one-third of all businesses do not have access to natural gas.

“We do have some influence on what is happening in Pennsylvania, and what is happening in Pennsylvania is we have a significant number of wells…what we do have is a lack of demand and over-supply and as a result the price has gone down, the activity has slowed down,” he said.

He stated creating an infrastructure where people who want natural gas can get natural gas will reinvigorate the natural gas industry by releasing stored gas, increasing competition for customers, and driving up price, which he said will lead to more state revenues.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 10.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 10.13.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence had an event in the Main Rotunda to honor more than 120 Pa. victims who have died in domestic violence homicides in the past year by having their names  read aloud by lawmakers.
  • The Neighborhood Academy, a college prep high school for low income students located in Pittsburgh, held a press conference today to discuss the state budget impasse, while also highlighting the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) held a press conference at Bishop McDevitt High School today to discuss his recently introduced anti-hazing legislation. HB 1574 would propose that hazing should apply to all persons, not just students and would provide additional enforcement programs for secondary schools to implement anti-hazing policies. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Corman: There is a “general consensus” that a personal income tax hike will not be part of the final budget

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said there is a “general consensus” that a personal income tax increase will not be part of the final budget plan as he left bipartisan meeting between legislative leaders Tuesday.

“That reduces the field significantly,” he said, noting “most people believe” that following last week’s House vote defeating  the governor’s revenue plan, which relied heavily on a PIT increase to raise revenue, such an increase will not make its way into a final budget plan.

“Once that’s gone, that reduces the differences significantly and we can move forward and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Sen. Corman clarified, saying he can’t speak for the views of the administration and he won’t speak on behalf of legislative Democrats, “but I think they get it, that the votes aren’t there and we’re going to try to put a budget together without it."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf: Potential gaming revenues not "end all, be all” of deficit fix

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday morning said while he is open to having discussions about potentially expanding gaming to bring in more revenue to state coffers, he said such revenue is not the “end all, be all” of the fix needed to end the state’s deficit.

The conversation happened in a scheduled appearance on KDKA 1020AM’s morning show.

“I think there are varying degrees on what that will provide, but I haven’t heard anybody say that’ll be the end all, be all to our budget deficit,” he said. “I’m open to a conversation on that and presume you can design it in such a way that it can bring in some revenues, but not enough to plug a $2 billion deficit.”

Gaming revenues were one area last week where Republican leaders and the governor said they might look to provide some income, though the exact nature of the package is not clear.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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