PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

PLCB insists flexible pricing is a boon for Pennsylvania consumers but some lawmakers are skeptical

Looking to buy a bottle of scotch or a case of wine? Lawmakers are again set to dive into a continued dispute over whether Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores are giving consumers the best deal on those liquor products.

The controversy centers on the flexible pricing mechanism, introduced in Act 39 of 2016, which allows the state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores to mark up products at its discretion. Previously it had to mark up all products at a flat 30 percent rate, regardless of a product’s cost.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Pennsylvania could see $50 million a year in sports gambling revenue

Pennsylvania could see $50 million a year in sports gambling revenue

Newly released numbers show the Department of Revenue estimates Pennsylvania can anticipate between $40 and $50 million in tax revenue annually once all sports wagering licensees are fully operational.

For fiscal year 2018-19, the department predicts $11.2 million in tax revenue from the recent sports wagering expansion, allowed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. For fiscal year 2019-20, the number is expected to increase to $33.6 million.

However, a 2017 study conducted by Oxford Economics indicates once sports wagering is more convenient nationally, the commonwealth would experience a decrease in tax revenue due to the high tax rate.

Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Robert Cochran
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Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmentalist activists proposed carbon emissions regulations to the state Environmental Quality Board Wednesday that would, if implemented, create a market for greenhouse gases to reach carbon neutrality by 2052.

Their argument cites both existing state clean air laws as well as the environmental rights clause of the state constitution to claim the state has a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect its residents from harm.

“I not only think it’s feasible, think it's absolutely essential,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, said. “We’re prepared to litigate it if need be. This is the right path for Pennsylvania.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

A twisty, turvy House floor debate finally ended this week when the chamber approved a bill to let magisterial judges run for reelection without filing signatures.

The debate also made for some odd ideological bedfellows over the course of two votes to suspend the rules, a constitutional question and ultimately its final passage which moved 128-65. 61 Democrats joined with 67 Republicans in support, while 17 Democrats joined with 48 Republicans opposed.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

Just five years ago, conversations about the Liberator — the small, one shot 3D-printed handgun whose plans were made available online in 2013 — would have mostly been confined to internet forums and social media.

But following the Defense Distributed settlement with the federal government June 29, which allowed the organization to post not just its plans for the Liberator online, but for also schematics for semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, addressing the new reality of a printable arsenal is popping up in the halls of Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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