Philadelphia taxes get state legislative spotlight

Philadelphia taxes get state legislative spotlight

Two Philadelphia-specific taxes got the legislative spotlight Tuesday as the Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing on the city’s beverage tax and the House Finance Committee held a hearing examining legislation to alter the city’s wage tax.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
VIDEO: House Gaming Oversight Chairman Petri discusses gaming reform legislation

VIDEO: House Gaming Oversight Chairman Petri discusses gaming reform legislation

Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), Majority Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, sat down with The PLS Reporter to give us the inside scoop on his thoughts on House Bill 271, how much money it could raise, and when the House might take action on the legislation.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a marathon hearing Monday that examined a proposal that would legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) as a means to produce revenue for the Commonwealth and local governments.

 

The proposal—currently enshrined in House Bill 1010, which is sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)—would legalize the machines that host slot-machine-like games and allow them to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. 

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

The House Liquor Control Committee Monday advanced two bills that would provide for private sales of liquor.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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