Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Republican leaders are touting more than $800 million in more-than-expected tax revenues as a sign the state is on the right fiscal path but cautioned Wednesday that they will be looking to plow most of that money into the rainy day fund.

 

The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday they had collected a little over $464 million in tax revenue in April, 11 percent more than projected. That brings the total General Fund revenue to $29.2 billion, $828 million more than initially expected..

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

In this week's 3 under 3 The PLS Reporter looked into how cyber charter schools could be affected if Rep. Curt Sonney's (R-Erie) bill gets enacted, Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) discussed the possibility of being open to raising minimum wage, and legislators work to bring new life to nuclear power. 

Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

In early February, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $24 million funding proposal designed to boost the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania. The move was applauded by both sides of the aisle, as it signaled the governor’s commitment to giving Pennsylvania farmers some assistance at a time when certain areas of the industry are in trouble. 

Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill would establish a $2 million Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center that would work as a resource for farmers to create business, transition, or succession plans for their farms. The bill also proposes $5 million for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program to fund research and development, assistance in transitioning to organic products, and aid in processing and marketing. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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