Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
House Majority Leader lays out vision for coming session

House Majority Leader lays out vision for coming session

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club Monday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) laid out his vision for the new legislative session and didn’t hide the fact that he’s looking for government to look, feel, and operate differently by the end of this two-year legislative session.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans cool to natural gas severance tax

Republicans cool to natural gas severance tax

Despite it being a locked inclusion for Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Republican leaders confirmed Monday that they remain cool to the idea of a severance tax on natural gas extracts as a means to balance Pennsylvania’s budget.

 

After his Monday appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) stated his caucus, despite some of his own members coming out with severance tax proposals of their own, is unlikely to support such a levy in the upcoming budget cycle.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Rotunda filled with locals rallying against new vapor tax

Capitol Rotunda filled with locals rallying against new vapor tax

Members of the Pennsylvania Vape Association joined other residents of Pennsylvania to rally in opposition to the 40 percent vapor tax. 

Chuck Huff, owner of Eve Vape, was one of the speakers at the rally Monday morning.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

With the expiration of the initial 120-day deadline set for this Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday—in response to an emergency petition for deadline extension filed by the leaders of two Senate caucuses—granted the legislature an addition 120 days to find a fix.

 

The extension allows the current assessment on casinos that is sent to host municipalities to keep flowing until just before the Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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