Reed to seek state House vote on property tax-cut bill

State House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Dist. 62) said on Friday that he is scheduling a vote next week on a proposal that would reduce school property taxes statewide. “The property tax problem has been talked about for decades, and we’ve had enough of the talk. It's time to put up a property tax vote,” Reed said. “Our plan represents a balanced approach with cost controls to ensure the tax reductions stay in place, providing long-term relief for taxpayers.” Read More »

State agency OKs loans for Bedford, Dauphin, Lancaster, Northampton projects

Department of Community and Economic Development Acting Secretary Dennis Davin said on Thursday that new state investments approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will support continued business growth across the Commonwealth. PIDA approved nearly $1.39 million in low-interest loans for four projects in Bedford, Dauphin, Lancaster and Northampton Counties earlier this week. Read More »

Group of state senators unveils plan to revamp pension systems

A handful of state senators co-wrote a memo to their colleagues last week that lays out their legislative plan to modernize the state's retirement systems by updating the funding method, sustainability and fiscal responsibility of the two primary pension funds. Sens. Jake Corman (R-Dist. 34), Patrick Browne (R-Dist. 16), Joseph Scarnati (R-Dist. 25), John Gordner (R-Dist. 27)      and John Eichelberger (R-Dist. 30) said the  pension situation in the state requires immediate action to re Read More »

Survey suggests most of state's nurses satisfied with career choice

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) said on Friday that a Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) report suggests that the state’s registered nurses (RNs) are overwhelmingly satisfied with their jobs. The report said 88 percent of nurses who responded to a survey said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their primary job, and 90 percent said they felt the same way about nursing as a career. Somewhat fewer – 70 percent – of nurses said they were satisfied or Read More »

State leadership group said townships want shale impact fee to remain as is

Pennsylvania communities rely on shale gas impact fees for transportation, infrastructure and public safety needs, and the current model should not change under the governor’s severance-tax proposal, the head of a township association group said recently. “The impact fees have been an invaluable source of revenue to local communities,” David Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, said. Read More »

State senators seek ideas on how to comply with pollution run-off laws

The Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing recently to discuss possible solutions on how the state can comply with federal mandates on run-off pollution. The main focus of the hearing was SB 724, introduced by state Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Dist. 47), which would facilitate the creation of a watershed improvement program as an affordable means to address potential federal government regulation in the future. Read More »