Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald came out Monday in support of a proposed state-level move to consolidate four human-services related state agencies.

 

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed consolidating the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into one Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
April revenue report continues fiscal-year-long slide

April revenue report continues fiscal-year-long slide

Normally one of the strongest months for revenue collections, April’s report from the Department of Revenue showed the Commonwealth once again failed to meet revenue collection estimates, this time falling more than $500 million below estimate.

 

For the fiscal-year-to-date, state General Fund revenue collections are more than $1.2 billion short of estimates.

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a marathon hearing Monday that examined a proposal that would legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) as a means to produce revenue for the Commonwealth and local governments.

 

The proposal—currently enshrined in House Bill 1010, which is sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)—would legalize the machines that host slot-machine-like games and allow them to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. 

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia remains on track for estimated beverage tax collections

Philadelphia remains on track for estimated beverage tax collections

Earlier this week, the City of Philadelphia announced April’s preliminary collections for the city’s beverage tax came in at $7 million, keeping the city on track for its estimated $46 million in the current fiscal year.

 

The city collected $5.9 million in February and $6.2 million in March.

Friday, April 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

PA House Bill sacks ability of local governments to regulate or charge for plastic bags

A bill that would prohibit Pennsylvania’s political subdivisions from regulating or charging a fee for the use of recyclable plastic bags typically used at grocery stores and other retail establishments passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week.

 

The bill, which has bipartisan sponsorship by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), was couched by supporters as a preemptory strike against municipalities that might be inclined to enact such regulations or fees and potentially hurt the statewide economy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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