Governor says structural costs need to be addressed before revenue hikes will be considered

Discussing what his revenue plans would be if elected to a second term as Pennsylvania’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Corbett Monday said reducing structural costs in the state and public school employee pension systems and the selling of state-run liquor stores would have to be dealt with before new revenues would be considered.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Pennsylvania “not waiting” on Ebola preparation

A House panel met Thursday with Pennsylvania health and emergency preparedness officials to discuss the Commonwealth’s preparedness for an Ebola outbreak in terms of both public health and emergency management responses.

During the hearing in front of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf assured members that, under the direction of the governor, “we are not waiting.” 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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Consumer convenience to lead liquor privatization push next session

Business advocates say that next session’s push to privatize liquor sales and/or reform alcohol sales more generally in Pennsylvania will have to be lead by arguments of increased consumer convenience.

“The reality is that this is a consumer-driven issue, and the arguments against providing these consumers with a variety of options when looking to purchase alcohol are waning,” said Todd Brysiak, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: New fishing incentives available from Fish and Boat Commission, director says

VIDEO: New fishing incentives available from Fish and Boat Commission, director says

The PLS Reporter sat down with John Arway, Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission to discuss what's new in the world of Pennsylvania fishing and boating. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Grassroots, constituents to lead property tax elimination effort next session

The Property Tax Independence Act saw what sponsors claimed was a historic vote this session, as the property tax elimination effort articulated in Senate Bill 76 moved out of committee in September. The proposal went no further, however, as time expired on the 2013-14 session with the measure still awaiting a Floor vote.

Determined to bring a substantially similar proposal up next session, sponsor Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) said a concerted effort from grassroots organizations and members’ constituents will be needed to advance the bill next session beyond where it finished in the current legislative term.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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