Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Senators consider future of the gaming industry

Internet gaming was just a few of the ideas brought up by senators Thursday as the chamber started the final day of its first week of budget hearings with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

This has not been the first time expanding gaming into an online market has been floated in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Thursday, March 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Democrats on the House State Government Committee cried foul Monday afternoon as the committee unexpectedly was called to meet to vote on House Bill 472.

The legislation—a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland)—would limit the growth in state spending to a formula based on the sum of the increase in the rate of inflation and the increase in Pennsylvania’s population.

There are exceptions for emergency spending, the funding of pension obligations, and the need for additional funding, all of which require three-quarters approval from the legislature.

The PLS Reporter reported on the legislation in a story last week.

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP leaders respond to Wolf budget rumors

GOP leaders respond to Wolf budget rumors

The Capitol has been swirling with rumors of what Gov. Tom Wolf might propose in next week’s budget address. Over the last few days, Republican leaders of both the House and Senate have had the opportunity to react to some of the speculation.

“We anticipate the severance tax will be part of that proposal in conjunction with education,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “We’ve heard pension reform may be a component that is discussed, or maybe property tax reform may be another policy item that is discussed as a result of it.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders from both the House and Senate gathered Monday to support a legislation that would mandate checks on state spending.

Senate Bill 70, introduced by freshman Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit state spending at the average change in personal income for the three preceding calendar years or the average inflation rate plus the average percentage change in state population over the three preceding years (with exceptions for certain extraordinary circumstances).

It would also direct that revenues collected above that needed to fund the state budget to be put to use to pay down pension obligations, boost budgetary reserves, and lower the personal income tax.

Senate Bill 7 introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), called the Taxpayer Protection Act, is a legislative implementation of the constitutional amendment.

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pileggi says seniority, tradition not respected in committee chairmanship appointments

Wednesday, a message read across the Senate desk announced that recently Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware), recently dethroned as majority leader, had resigned his chairmanship of the Senate Local Government Committee.

According to a letter obtained by The PLS Reporter, Sen. Pileggi did not actually resign the chairmanship, but merely refused to accept the chairmanship given to him.

Friday, January 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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