Senate Republican chairmen dissuaded from governor’s severance tax plan following hearing

Senate Republican chairmen dissuaded from governor’s severance tax plan following hearing

After two Senate committees held a joint hearing on Gov. Tom Wolf’s natural gas severance tax plan Monday, both Republican chairmen of the committees said the testimony only further emboldened their opposition.

During his March budget address, Gov. Wolf unveiled a plan to tax natural gas extracts that would direct the derived revenue to education through the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, which has a goal of increasing the pre-K through 12 investment by $2 billion over four years.

“I think the education funding is something they’re using as a crutch to try to drive taxes up on the drillers,” said Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Democratic leaders provide June forecast

Senate Democratic leaders provide June forecast

Following a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, The PLS Reporter caught up with Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to find out what they think is needed to get to a final budget product.

“We’re working towards a June 30th deadline,” Sen. Costa said.

“Our caucus’s role is going to be to advocate for a significant increase in education funding, I think it’s what the people of Pennsylvania want us to do,” he added. “We’ll be looking at trying to grow jobs and do what we can with respect to economic development and making sure we can address the very structural deficit that we have in Pennsylvania so we’re on strong financial ground going forward fiscally.”

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: An interview with the Department of Community and Economic Development Sec. Dennis Davin

VIDEO: An interview with the Department of Community and Economic Development Sec. Dennis Davin

Meet DCED Sec. Dennis Davin. Find out about his career in community development, his goals for the department, and what he likes to do when he can find some free time. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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For the good of it: Rep. Readshaw and the Ride to Gettysburg

The PLS Reporter takes a look at charitable work by legislators

It started with a newspaper story about the upkeep of some monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

“It sort of caught my attention and I thought, ‘Well, someone should do something about that’,” said Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny), who started and leads the annual Ride to Gettysburg.

“I really didn’t think it was going to be me, but I thought it would be sort of a good idea if somebody did do something.”

The Ride to Gettysburg is held in September and consists of an average of 350 motorcycle riders going from the Capitol fountain to Gettysburg.

It is one of two events sponsored by Rep. Readshaw that raise money for The Pennsylvania Monuments Project, which provides for upkeep of unendowed Pennsylvania monuments.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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AG’s internal Sandusky review documents protected by attorney-client privilege

Wednesday, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion in Bagwell v. Attorney General and held that documents requested by Ryan Bagwell related to the Office of Attorney General’s internal review of the Sandusky investigation are protected by the attorney-client privilege and attorney-work-product doctrine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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