Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 33: Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) joins the podcast this week to talk about Senate Democratic priorities for this session, the coming budget, gaming expansion, and more!

Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
PA casinos report record revenue

PA casinos report record revenue

In recently compiled numbers, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported this week that Pennsylvania’s casinos saw another record-breaking revenue year in 2016.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

After a late-week scrap over which sources of revenue to fill the roughly $1.3 billion budget hole have legislative support, caucus leaders returned from the July Fourth holiday Tuesday to once again sit down at the negotiating table, this time bringing additional options for how to fully fund the $31.6 billion spending plan sent to the governor’s desk last week.

 

The leading proposal to emerge from a meeting of the four legislative caucus leaders Tuesday morning was one to include a $300 million loan from the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) to replace revenue that could’ve been raised from the reimplementation of a now-controversial Gross Receipts Tax on natural gas.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
With 10 days until the deadline, big budget questions still need answers

With 10 days until the deadline, big budget questions still need answers

The Capitol Kumbaya might have gotten a bit of a reality check Monday as reticence behind big questions still to be answered for a final budget product has begun to manifest with just about ten days to go before the start of the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Still remaining to be answered are primary concerns of what the final spend number will look like and what revenue sources—and how much revenue—will be used to get lawmakers to the required balanced budget.

Monday, June 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Reed: “We’re not interested in broad based taxes”

Reed: “We’re not interested in broad based taxes”

Before House session wrapped up Wednesday, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) for a status report on the budget.

Again, while saying revenue sources like gaming expansion and liquor privatization continue to be explored, Rep. Reed said his caucus “is not interested in broad-based taxes.”

“We are interested in first exploring spending reductions, nontax revenue whether it be liquor, whether it be gaming, then we have to figure out what the difference is, if any,” he said. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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