Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase by six percent in 2020

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that they will be increasing tolls for cash and E-ZPass customers beginning in 2020, as the commission grapples with increasing debt obligations.

 

The six percent increase in toll rates comes as the Turnpike continues to struggle meeting funding obligations required under two state-level statutes — Act 44 of 2007 and Act 89 of 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation

Pennsylvania Democrats have proposed myriad ways to legalize marijuana in the Keystone State. The most common avenue suggested is a market-based approach that empowers growers and dispensaries; others have advocated for its sale through the state-store system alongside liquor.

 

Regardless of how to best administer it, the criminal justice side of the marijuana discussion has not been lost as lawmakers grapple with what to do with criminal records plagued by past marijuana convictions.

Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would cap insulin prices in Pennsylvania, eliminate the state inheritance tax for children with disabilities and repeal the attorney general’s concurrent jurisdiction over firearms cases in Philadelphia.

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Progressives call on lawmakers to 'tax the rich'

Progressives call on lawmakers to 'tax the rich'

On Tuesday, a small but vocal group of liberal activists gathered on the steps of the Capitol to advocate for an idea that they believe will improve Pennsylvania’s economic standing — they want to tax the rich.

 

As part of a nationwide “Tax The Rich” bus tour, progressive groups Tax March and MAYDAY America brought their traveling tour to Harrisburg, where they stumped for policies that would raise revenue by increasing taxes on Pennsylvania’s wealthiest citizens and corporations.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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