House bill eliminating inheritance tax for minors clears Senate committee

House bill eliminating inheritance tax for minors clears Senate committee

The Senate Finance Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a House proposal that would eliminate the inheritance tax for minors when the transfer of property comes from a deceased parent, adoptive parent, or stepparent.

 

The bill, House Bill 291 sponsored by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset), cleared the House in April 2017 along a strong bipartisan vote of 176-21.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

As the Pennsylvania Senate continues to advance a vehicle bill to house potential new congressional lines coming from the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal note to Senate Bill 1034 that pegs the potential costs associated with redrawing the congressional map as high as $1.28 million.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jerry Oleksiak, will take over the reins at the department full time after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to give him an up or down vote on the floor in time to meet the constitutional requirement for consideration within 25 legislative days from the governor’s nomination.

                                                   

The L&I position became open after former secretary Kathy Manderino stepped down from the role in mid-July to take a spot on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the appeal in Williams v. City of Philadelphia, the case working its way through the state courts challenging the legality of the beverage tax levied by the City of Philadelphia.

 

The court, in granting the appeal, limited review of the issue to the following question: “Does the City's Tax violate the Sterling Act, 53 P.S. § 15971, which prohibits Philadelphia from imposing a tax on a transaction or subject that the Commonwealth already taxes?”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

A resolution making its way through the state Senate urges Gov. Tom Wolf to reverse his moratorium on new natural gas drilling leases in state parks by allowing drilling where there will be no surface disturbance.

 

The measure, Senate Resolution 104 sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), was passed out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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