Playing with house money: Local shares assessment fix sent back to Senate with gaming expansion provisions

Playing with house money: Local shares assessment fix sent back to Senate with gaming expansion provisions

In what could possibly be the final nail in the coffin for a legislative solution this session to the elimination by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of the local share assessment to be paid by casinos to host municipalities, the House voted to send the bill back to the Senate with additional changes.

 

The legislation passed the House by a narrow margin of 108-71.

Thursday, October 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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End of session legislation update – October 25, 2016

End of session legislation update – October 25, 2016

This update will be amended throughout the day

With many proposals racing to completion or failure as the General Assembly tries to wrap up the 2015-2016 legislative session, here’s an update on where some of the high-profile legislative pieces stand.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

With the 2015-2016 legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly expected to come to a close Wednesday, lawmakers started separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what might become law Monday with items like pension reform and a possible fix and/or expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania taking top position of what lawmakers hope to get done before heading home for the election.

Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Liquor Privatization Legislation lands on Governor’s desk

Liquor Privatization Legislation lands on Governor’s desk

The House Rules committee had an unexpected off the floor meeting this afternoon in which they voted to re-report House Bill 1690, which modernizes the sale of wine in Pennsylvania, to the House Floor.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Reed: “That original framework has come and gone”

Reed: “That original framework has come and gone”

Providing more insight as to where House Republicans stand in terms of the budget after Gov. Tom Wolf announced his line-item vetoes Tuesday morning, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) reiterated his caucus’s position that if all of the broader policy considerations part of the five-party budget framework cannot be agreed to, then a pared down budget is what is necessary to get Pennsylvania through the current fiscal year.

“Two months ago now, we announced the framework of an agreement that included property tax reform, pension reform, liquor privatization, a balanced budget, and more money for education. The only thing left of that framework is higher taxes for more spending, everything else has fallen by the wayside for various reasons,” he said.

“The Senate wasn’t that thrilled about doing full privatization, the governor and House Democrats weren’t on board for pension reform, there were difficulties in finding a funding formula for property tax reductions and in the end, we as House Republicans, are just not accepting of increasing the sales tax or increasing the income tax for more spending.”

He added with all of that coming to a head last week, “it’s not a shot in the dark to say that original framework has come and gone.”

Tuesday, December 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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