Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

The Republican leaders from both the House and the Senate huddled behind closed doors for the second day in a row Wednesday trying to come up with a consensus plan that will balance the spending plan that has been law for just over a week.

 

Much like discussions that have taken place throughout the week, progress toward bridging the differences that have caused disagreement between the two majority caucuses was incremental, if progress was made at all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Unemployment compensation amnesty program enters third week

Unemployment compensation amnesty program enters third week

The Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) held a series of conference calls Wednesday to discuss the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Amnesty Program, now in its third week.

L&I Executive Deputy Secretary Robert O’Brien—who will be taking over for Sec. Kathy Manderino after she starts her new stint on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board August 1—fielded calls from reporters to discuss the program’s progress and offer insight into who is taking advantage of the opportunity.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Andreas Dienner
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As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

One city councilwoman warned Tuesday at a Pittsburgh City Council post agenda meeting that a key provision to fund Pittsburgh’s affordable housing plan may not have enough votes to pass.

Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) told a group of developers and other council members that reservations over a tax increase and the distribution of taxpayer-funded developments would hold up the bill in its current state.

“There are not 5 [votes] to support this,” Kail-Smith said. Two additional council members, Deborah Gross (District 7) and Darlene Harris (District 1) confirmed their intention to vote against the measure as it is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
PA Senate leaves town as leaders mull House GOP revenue counterproposal

PA Senate leaves town as leaders mull House GOP revenue counterproposal

The Pennsylvania Senate left Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon after a consensus failed to emerge on a plan to plug a $2.2 billion revenue hole that will close out the recently concluded fiscal year and balance the current fiscal year’s spending plan.

 

At this point, the Senate hopes to return to Harrisburg no later than Monday, though whether they could return sooner remained up in the air as discussions on reaching a revenue compromise continue.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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