Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

A coalition of Pennsylvania business and economic leaders came together Tuesday to discuss what they believe to be the negative impacts of the Senate-passed revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget 


Much of the conversation focused on the new taxes and higher tax rates proposed for natural gas drillers and consumers in $2 billion revenue package passed by the body in late July.  


The proposal calls for a five percent tax on the gross transaction amount of electric grid virtual financial transactions and a 5.7 percent gross receipts tax to natural gas consumption, provisions that many within the “Anti-Energy Tax Coalition” say will quash any competitive advantage Pennsylvania may have in the energy industry. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday on a “Jobs That Pay” event where, after touring an area business, he provided his thoughts on the ongoing state budget process.

With a plan to fund the 2017-18 state budget halfway to implementation after the Senate passed a $2 billion revenue package late last month, Gov. Wolf said he is hopeful this year’s budget standoff will be over soon.

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 49: Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

This week, our Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down with City Councilman Dan Lavelle to talk about his background, initiatives, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
New Cancer Society report shows Pennsylvania has work to do on policies to reduce cancer diagnoses and death

New Cancer Society report shows Pennsylvania has work to do on policies to reduce cancer diagnoses and death

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released their annual report Thursday which measures how states are doing when it comes to passing and implementing policies proven to reduce death from cancer.

The report had troubling news in terms of how the Commonwealth stacks up in terms of anti-cancer policies.

Thursday, August 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

Rep. Dom Costa looks to strengthen restitution-collection process for state's crime victims

A revamped bill that would require counties to have in place an operational restitution-collection system is slowly making its way through the state General Assembly.

Formerly House Bill 1070 of last session, HB 234, sponsored by Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) would ensure that restitution orders are being enforced at the county level by increasing accountability for existing requirements and enhancing collection and record-keeping requirements.

“Counties have a very unofficial way of collecting things. It’s not really a priority of theirs,” said Rep. Costa. “Someone has to be responsible for making sure that these victims are not victimized twice and making sure if action is being done.”
Tuesday, August 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
RSS
First234567891011Last