IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) has released their latest projections that detail how much of an increase in personal income taxes (PIT) the state would need to impose to generate revenue if school property taxes for homesteads were eliminated.
 
The IFO determined that to raise enough revenue through a PIT to replace homestead property tax revenues, the state would need to increase the PIT by 1.9 percent to generate the same amount of funding. This would raise approximately $8.5 billion in revenue in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, roughly the same amount that taxing properties is expected to bring in.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From Sunday hunting to opioids to open government, here are the five bills to watch throughout the week of March 18.
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have had work requirements for Medicaid recipients on their wish list for the past couple of years. After passing both chambers of the legislature in 2017 and 2018, the proposals were vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who believed the requirement would be costly and penalize people who need access to health care.

Still, despite two failed attempts, Pennsylvania Republicans believe work requirements are necessary to encourage able-bodied Medicaid recipients to find jobs, prompting two Republican senators to try again this session.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
PA drivers to see speed cameras in certain work zones in as little as 120 days

PA drivers to see speed cameras in certain work zones in as little as 120 days

Pennsylvania drivers who decide to speed in certain work zones will now have more consequences than just a guilty conscience.

As of October 19th, a bill that would provide a five-year trial period for PennDOT to place speed cameras in active work zones was signed by Governor Wolf.

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) had been working on getting Senate Bill 172 passed for two years. The bill passed through the House this September by a vote of 176-19 and then through the Senate earlier this month with just one no vote.

Monday, October 22, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Work zone speed cameras a step closer after Senate passes bill

Work zone speed cameras a step closer after Senate passes bill

After years of working to get Senate Bill 172 passed, Senators David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) are a step closer following its final passage in the Senate today, and now need House approval and the governor's signature to see it enacted. 

The bill would establish a five-year pilot program for using speed cameras in active work zones on interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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