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
School business officials pan property tax elimination proposal

School business officials pan property tax elimination proposal

Pennsylvania School Business Officials this week took to task the latest iteration of the Property Tax Independence Act—a proposal aimed at eliminating school district property taxes in Pennsylvania—being floated by Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), arguing that for 98 percent of school districts some form of property tax will remain even if the bill were to pass.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf to unveil plan to “reimagine government” in budget address

Gov. Wolf to unveil plan to “reimagine government” in budget address

Speaking on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show, Gov. Tom Wolf gave a glimpse into his February 7 budget address saying he will unveil his plan to reimagine state government in his FY 2017-2018 budget proposal as the means to bridge the deficit gap.

 

Gov. Wolf also reiterated his pledge to not balance his budget proposal using increase in the personal income or sales tax.

 

“I think what the citizens of Pennsylvania really want is for us to figure out how to reimagine government and make it live within its means; do the things that government should do to make middle class lives better, to make Pennsylvania better, but do it within our means,” he told morning show host Larry Richert and John Shumway. “That is what my administration is trying to do and I’ll unveil my proposals in my February 7 budget address.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 29

In this episode of the podcast, we take you back to swearing-in day--held just this past Tuesday--to hear the Floor speeches given by the two House Floor leaders.

Friday, January 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Gov. Wolf moves to consolidate some administrative function, streamline executive operations

Gov. Wolf moves to consolidate some administrative function, streamline executive operations

Call it a step toward restructuring state government.

 

According to a memo from Gov. Tom Wolf to his cabinet secretaries sent Tuesday, the governor said some human resources and information technology services within the executive branch will be consolidated as a means to form a leaner, more cost efficient state government.

Thursday, January 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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