House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Two ordinances were introduced by Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that would extend the application period for tax exemptions for real estate developers until the end of 2017.

The bills were moved into the council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by Councilman Dan Gilman. Gilman declined to comment for this article.

The bills aim to extend the application deadline for developers to earn tax abatements on newly built or renovated properties in the Uptown District, Downtown Districts and 27 neighborhoods that the city has deemed Targeted Growth Zones.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

Constitutional change to fight Philadelphia job stagnation begins second march through legislature

A proposed state constitutional change by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to give Philadelphia the tools to fight job stagnation and economic decline began its second trip through the legislature for the second-consecutive session Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

In a letter to lawmakers dated Wednesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella warmed members of the General Assembly that the “Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges” might put an end to the often-used tool of borrowing from Treasury funds to ensure the General Fund does not fall into a negative balance.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

A resolution calling for a comprehensive review of an Amtrak train service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg passed the state Senate this week.

SR 76, sponsored by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Shaler Twp.) directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between the two cities.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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