House Republicans eye tax credit, permit relief bills for fall passage

House Republicans eye tax credit, permit relief bills for fall passage

Gov. Tom Wolf has spent a considerable amount of time this year pitching his plan to “restore” Pennsylvania through revenue from a shale gas tax, but House Republicans who stand in the way of Wolf’s proposal see a different path forward — one that attracts energy sector jobs to Pennsylvania through tax credits and permitting relief.

 

GOP lawmakers on Wednesday reiterated their desire to pass the “Energize PA” package helmed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), which is designed to be a catalyst for job creation in the state.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

5 bills to watch for the week of September 16

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From manufacturing tax credits to volunteer fire departments, here are five bills to watch for the week of September 16.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

House Republicans aren’t closing the door on including components of their tax-free alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” plan in this year’s budget. 

As lawmakers reported two bills from the House GOP’s “Energize PA” package out of committee on Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said it’s possible that the package — which seeks to incentivize Pennsylvania’s energy sector by providing tax credits and additional grant opportunities for private businesses  — could be included in the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would expand access to solar energy by allowing Pennsylvania citizens to tap into off-site solar energy sources.

Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) was flanked by Democrats and Republicans as he introduced his community solar energy legislation Tuesday, which the lawmaker said could decrease costs for consumers and create jobs for Pennsylvania residents.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

Home to the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton is better known for its antique locomotives, a memento of the age of steam, than for sleek, electrified high-speed rail.

But Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) knows that despite years of chatter, the Lackawanna Valley is no closer to a proposed rail connection to New York City to update that image. So, he is looking to the future.

Last month, Kaufer floated a co-sponsorship memo to ask the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of a hyperloop to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with a branch route up to Wilkes-Barre and the Electric City as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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