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Allegheny Institute: Taxpayers seeking elimination of school taxes will be disappointed

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy recently said that taxpayers hoping to see the end of school taxes due to the use of state gaming funds on homestead and farmstead exemptions for schools will likely be disappointed.

House passes Ross check-cashing, consumer protection measures

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed legislation introduced by State Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) that would slash fees for cashing government checks and establish a timeframe for consumer loan contracts.

Legislators urge FEMA to rescind no-fracking policy for mitigation lands

Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) expressed concern on June 5 regarding a May announcement by FEMA of a new policy that bans hydraulic fracturing on real estate purchased with the agency's mitigation funds.

Pennsylvania's 25th senatorial district to receive $24 million in impact fee revenue

Local governments in the 25th senatorial district of Pennsylvania will receive more than $24 million in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue, according to a recent announcement from the district's State Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Wine, spirits privatization critics: Plan will hurt revenue, public health

The Pennsylvania state Senate Appropriations Committee may soon consider a proposal to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, which critics say could harm state revenue and public health.

Pitts named "Taxpayer Hero" by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Pennsylvania state Rep. Joe Pitts, representing the state's Lancaster, Chester and Berks counties, was recently honored as a the state's number two "Taxpayer Hero" for 2013 by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

Study: Drug use by employees a concern

A study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) recently found that drug use by current and potential workers may be a concern for companies operating across the state.

Union, Snyder counties to receive $81,000 in Marcellus impact fees

Pennsylvania State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) recently announced that his district - Union and Snyder counties - will receive more than $81,000 in impact fees from companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale regions.

Fontana opposes tax increases in proposed Act 47 plan

State Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-42) expressed concern on June 11 regarding a five-year plan put forth by Pittsburgh's financial overseers that seeks to improve financial stability.

Harrisburg Regional Chamber approves consolidation of state financing programs

Harrisburg's Regional Chamber board of directors recently voted to support the reorganization and consolidation of Pennsylvania's business financing programs into the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Wolf for governor

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO recently endorsed Tom Wolf for the gubernatorial seat in the upcoming November election.

Chester, Montgomery counties receive $1.2 million in Marcellus impact fees

Pennsylvania's Chester and Montgomery counties in the 157th legislative district will receive more than $1.2 million in impact fees collected from gas extraction operations in the Marcellus Shale regions.

Hughes criticizes Gov. Corbett's handling of state's finances, economy

Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7) criticized Republican Governor Tom Corbett's administration on June 16 for doing "a poor job" managing the state's financial situation and economy.

Simmons calls for support for Turzai's alcohol reform plan

Pennsylvania state Rep. Justin Simmons recently called on legislators to push ahead with alcohol reform to address the state's budget deficit.

Casey co-sponsors overtime protection bill

Nine senators, including Bob Casey (D-Pa.), introduced legislation on Wednesday aimed at restoring the 40-hour work week for low- and mid-wage salaried employees.

Sims, Smith unveil plan to incentivize green updates, create jobs in manufacturing

Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D-182) and State Sen. Matt Smith (D-37) recently unveiled a plan to encourage and incentivize development and energy-efficient manufacturing in the state.

Bipartisan legislation introduced to expand tax credit to WHP, CHP technology

A group of legislators recently introduced a bipartisan measure to amend tax incentives for energy-efficient combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) technologies.

AAC approves general assembly's audit report for 2012-13

Pennsylvania's bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) voted on June 18 to accept the state government's audit report for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Legislation would expand West Philadelphia re-development

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) unveiled a plan last week to expand re-development in Philadelphia to western parts of the city with the introduction of new legislation that would extend benefits to businesses.

Congressmen urge court to reject EPA runoff standards

A group of Pennsylvania congressmen filed a brief in a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday in support of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's ongoing legal case against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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