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A good year: PA wineries may soon compete with state store monopoly

October 11, 2013 | By | Posted in Features

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

WINE DOWN: Pennsylvania has a growing winery industry that contributions $2 billion to the state’s economy, according to the Pennsylvania Winery Association.

HARRISBURG — Joe Greff owns Blue Mountain Vineyards, a 50-acre, 35,000-gallon producing … Read the rest

Week in Review: More property tax, transportation bill-wrangling up ahead

October 11, 2013 | By | Posted in General News

By PA Independent Staff

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers head back to session in Harrisburg next week, with plans to take up transportation funding proposals and continue discussing property tax bills.

BUT THE REAL CULPRIT IS: Property taxes increase in good times and

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WATCHBLOG: Marathon man cited after run in Valley Forge National Park

October 9, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

REVOLUTION AT VALLEY FORGE: As many as 20 people have been cited for enjoying Valley Forge National Park during the shutdown.

HARRISBURG — John Bell has gone for a run on all seven continents, Antarctica … Read the rest

$200M investment gets Urban Outfitters decade-long PA tax break

October 9, 2013 | By | Posted in General News

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Urban Outfitters promises a $200 million expansion and 2,500 new jobs in Pennsylvania.

The cost to the commonwealth? A decade-long tax holiday for the company — and there’s no calculation how many tax dollars … Read the rest

Proposal would quash PA regulation preventing Sunday pheasant hunting

October 8, 2013 | By | Posted in Features

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

DUCK HUNT: A PA Game Commission regulation keeps commercial regulated hunting grounds from operating on Sundays.

HARRISBURG — Six days each week for the past nine years, Dan Metzler has opened his 138-acre property in … Read the rest

WATCHBLOG: Double-dipping retired judges make $11M, investigation finds

October 7, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

COURT CALLS: Senior judges in Pennsylvania are retired judges who serve on a temporary basis in Common Pleas courts.

HARRISBURG — Retired judges returning to serve in Pennsylvania courts made $11 million in 2012, an investigation Read the rest

PA Week in Review: Business as usual for PA legislators during shutdown

October 4, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By PA Independent Staff

HARRISBURG — The federal government may be shut down due to a congressional stalemate, but legislating and politicking in Pennsylvania is very much open.

This week, the second of the fall session before a one-week break, lawmakers busied … Read the rest

PA doctors: Prescription pill tracker could violate patient confidentiality

October 4, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — A plan to keep “pill shoppers” from scamming multiple narcotic prescriptions in Pennsylvania is on hold due to medical community concerns that it jeopardizes patient privacy.

House Bill 1694 would track prescriptions issued by … Read the rest

WATCHBLOG: PA Senate will debate property tax elimination options

October 3, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

NEW PLAN: A new concept to allow school districts to choose to eliminate property taxes with a combination of new taxes passed the state House.

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is trying to bring … Read the rest

PA House creates new tourism agency, authorizes $15M in tax giveaways

October 3, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

WHAT’S IN A SLOGAN?: Once upon a time, PA’s slogan was “America Starts Here.” It used to be “Memories Last a Lifetime.” Today, it’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania.”

HARRISBURG — It took less than … Read the rest

WATCHBLOG: How they voted: PA House members say no to property tax elimination amendment

October 2, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

PROPERTY TAX PLANS: This week the House is addressed property tax bills including HB 1189.

HARRISBURG — A plan to eliminate school property taxes failed after several hours of House debate Tuesday evening.

Rep. Jim Read the rest

WATCHBLOG: Support grows for Pennsylvania online voter registration

October 1, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

GET OUT THE (REGISTERING TO) VOTE: Sen. Smucker spoke in the Capitol today to renew efforts to get his online voter registration proposal passed.

HARRISBURG — The fall session will see a renewed push to make … Read the rest

Plan to stop double taxation of PA businesses clears House committee

October 1, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

WORK WEEK: Under HB 1513, business with temporary work sites won’t get taxed on their gross receipts if they’re set up for less than 15 days.

HARRISBURG — A construction trailer that sat on the streets … Read the rest

Study: ‘Recession still haunts’ PA business owners

September 30, 2013 | By | Posted in Features

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — With a government shutdown and the cost of Obamacare threatening, uncertainty trumps optimism for Pennsylvania business owners.

More business people see the economy improving than at any time since 2007, according to an annual … Read the rest

PA looks to reform Medicaid, stave off cost increases

September 26, 2013 | By | Posted in Governor

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

CORBETT CALLS FOR HEALTHY PA: Gov. Corbett’s plan for Healthy PA includes multiple reforms to Medicaid.

HARRISBURG — Whether Pennsylvania can lower its Medicaid costs is the $430 million dollar question.

That’s how much Medicaid and … Read the rest

Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under PA Senate bill

September 26, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

It’s called “passing the trash” — moving an abusive teacher to a different school district, often with glowing recommendations.

And if Pennsylvania lawmakers approve Senate Bill 46, it’s going to be … Read the rest

Business, industry groups come out against property tax shift plan

September 25, 2013 | By | Posted in General News

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

CAPITOL RALLIES: An outdoor rally for HB 76 drew a crowd of around 200 on Tuesday, but business groups oppose the effort.

HARRISBURG — Property tax elimination and reform proposals are an early focus of this … Read the rest

PA property tax elimination plan gains co-sponsors, steam

September 24, 2013 | By | Posted in Features

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

CITIZEN LOBBYIST: Lebanon 9-12 group project chair Jim Rodkey MC’d Tuesday’s rally.

HARRISBURG — Support for the Property Tax Elimination Act is at a groundswell.

On Tuesday afternoon, under September sun and surrounded by red, white … Read the rest

WATCHBLOG: ACLU calls for patient privacy after PA pill-tracking database vote

September 24, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

PILL TRACKING: A bill to monitor controlled substances prescriptions has the ACLU concerned about patient privacy.

HARRISBURG — Fast-moving legislative action to track controlled substance prescriptions in the name of countering addiction has the American Civil Read the rest

PA lawmakers return to Capitol amid record-low approval ratings

September 24, 2013 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

CAPITOL TIMES: Lawmakers returned for the fall session Monday.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania legislators are back in the Capitol for a fall session with a packed agenda, at a time when their job approval rating is … Read the rest