Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Harrisburg considering amendment on Philly commercial property taxes

Legislation before the House and Senate would amend the state Constitution and allow for Philadelphia to charge higher real estate taxes for business properties than residential properties.

This is the second consecutive session with such legislation. As required to alter the Pennsylvania Constitution, it must pass a second time and then be approved by voter referendum.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

It was a motley crew of lawmakers that gathered two years ago to first bring up the idea of a bill to give people who have committed misdemeanors or lesser crimes a fresh start after paying their dues to society.

“Two Republicans from Central Pennsylvania, two Democrats from Philadelphia — what could we possibly have in common,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), one of those members, asked. “But we made it work.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

In the span of a week, Pennsylvania moved a budget from the backrooms of the legislature to governor’s desk — where it was signed into law early this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s $32.7 billion dollar budget with $560 million in increased spending and no new taxes Friday night after it passed both chambers in a whirlwind week.

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

In addressing the state press club Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) showed an two month turnaround in attitude among legislative leadership.

While he echoed Republican colleagues in a scathing denouncement of the state Supreme Court, he also shared a reluctant acknowledgment of the need to reform redistricting.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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