PA Chamber floats tax reform plan including lower corporate tax rates, retirement income levy

PA Chamber floats tax reform plan including lower corporate tax rates, retirement income levy

A lower corporate income tax, a new tax on retirement income, regular property assessments and a broader sales tax base were all pitched in a new report on reforming Pennsylvania’s tax system sponsored by the PA Chamber.

The analysis, done by the conservative Tax Foundation, is an attempt to rectify what PA Chamber vice president of government affairs Sam Denisco said is a system with “a lot to be desired.” 

“For too long, our state’s uncompetitive tax structure has caused the Commonwealth to lag behind other states – missing out on economic opportunity and growth,” Denisco said in a statement. “In order to compete in today’s global economy, we need to take a page out of the federal government’s book and take a hard look at the shortcomings within the state’s Tax Code.”
Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

After 12 days the state prison system is no longer on lockdown.

Since August 29, Pennsylvania’s 24 prisons limited mail and visitors while revoking inmate privileges to deal with an outbreak of unknown illnesses to inmates and staffers.

From May 31 to September 1, more than 50 staff members and 33 inmates were taken to outside hospitals for treatment for exposure to illicit drugs. Subsequent tests showed synthetic drugs, including cannabinoids, as the cause in some of the situations.

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

Advocates and lawmakers took their campaign to push the passage of a bill to restrict convicted domestic abusers’ access to firearms across the commonwealth this week.

In events in Pittsburgh, State College, Reading and West Chester, bipartisan members of the Pennsylvania House called for an immediate vote on the legislation, HB 2060. It would mandate that, after a judge’s order, protection from abuse recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours.
Friday, September 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

Both House caucuses Thursday said their respective leadership teams have discussed chamber rule changes to create a standard policy on harassment, as a bill to change the law itself on Capitol complaints appeared stalled.

House Republican spokesperson Steve Miskin said that the changes around sexual harassment would apply to both staffers and members could be implemented soon.

“We’ve been in very strong discussion with Democratic leaders in changing House Rules and having a unified policy,” Miskin said.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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