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Lawmaker fears proposed property tax cuts could be temporary

March 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Homeowners probably cheered Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $3.8 billion property tax relief plan he said would return an average of $1,000 to them, but some lawmakers don’t believe the … Read the rest

Small businesses feel like ‘big losers’ in Wolf’s budget

March 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dale Kaplan already faces a stiff challenge from Jos. A. Bank and its wrinkle-free shirts. Now, the owner of a Camp Hill dry-cleaning service is feeling the pressure from his state … Read the rest

GOP lawmakers again trying to limit state spending

March 3, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to present his first budget proposal Tuesday, and lawmakers are waiting to see how much the new governor wants to spend.

SPENDING SAFEGUARDS: Republican state lawmakers have

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Liquor privatization faces uncertain future after passing House

March 2, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the second straight legislative session, state House Republicans say it’s time to privatize liquor and wine stores.

One key lawmaker is proclaiming the government monopoly on adult beverages is destined to … Read the rest

Report: Wolf considering sales tax increase

February 27, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Just days before Gov. Tom Wolf gives his budget address, Pennsylvanians are riding a seesaw of tax policy announcements and rumors.

A report from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh citing unnamed sources says Wolf Read the rest

Wolf wants to cut corporate tax but doesn’t say how he’ll replace revenue

February 26, 2015 | By | Posted in Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For most of February, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration was telling anybody with questions about the upcoming budget address they would have to wait until next week to learn more.

Then, during a … Read the rest

FL gov. visits PA to tout Sunshine State but says little about tax incentives

February 24, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

PHILADELPHIA – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has brazenly proclaimed his plans to lure businesses from Pennsylvania, his pitch hitting on low taxes and business-friendly policies.

The Republican governor, in Philadelphia on Monday, wasn’t so direct regarding taxpayer-funded perks to … Read the rest

Tax policies make PA a ‘target’ for business poachers like Florida’s governor

February 19, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

SPRING GARDEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott will visit Pennsylvania next week in an attempt to lure job creators south, and policymakers here have given him a heckuva weapon to use against the … Read the rest

PA business community waits to learn more about Wolf’s income tax plan

February 16, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov. Tom Wolf has already proposed a severance tax on the natural gas industry, but so far his administration has been silent on another tax policy he talked up during the campaign: changing the … Read the rest

‘We screwed it up’: PA retiree takes aim at pension reform

February 12, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Barry Shutt spent his Tuesday morning sitting on canvas chair in the East Wing Rotunda at the state Capitol, a prime place to catch lawmakers’ attention as they head to the … Read the rest

Pennsylvania officials mull when to charge more for public records

February 11, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Several years ago, when Elam Herr was planning an addition to his home, he submitted to the township plans that included installing a hot tub.

Soon, a pool and hot tub business … Read the rest

McCord’s guilty plea puts his public pension at risk

February 6, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — First, Rob McCord lost his bid to be Pennsylvania’s newest governor when he finished third in the Democratic primary and watched as nominee Tom Wolf unseated Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.… Read the rest

Déjà vu: Lawmakers return with another severance tax proposal

February 5, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — They’re back.

The same bipartisan group of state representatives that gathered a little more than a year ago to propose a 4.9 percent severance tax on the natural gas industry returned Wednesday … Read the rest

Constitutional amendment would allow older judges in PA

February 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The countdown to the end of Ronald Castille’s career running the state’s highest court started the minute he turned 70 last March and couldn’t be stopped even though voters had retained him Read the rest

PA tax law wallops man who bought truck before moving

February 2, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – When it came time last year to move his family back to Pennsylvania from North Carolina to care for aging relatives, Jeffrey Sutton bought a larger truck to haul their belongings.

Sutton … Read the rest

Proponents of raising PA’s minimum wage gain surprise GOP ally

January 28, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Christine Tartaglione has tried to raise the minimum wage so often, it could almost be called a tradition at the state Capitol.

Given that, it wasn’t a shock Tuesday to … Read the rest

Ousted open-records chief sues governor, wants job back

January 27, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As snow flurries fell across the state capital Monday, Erik Arneson donned a Green Bay Packers parka and knit hat and went searching for a legal locksmith to get him back into … Read the rest

Wolf fires PA open records chief, who vows to stay on the job

January 23, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Erik Arneson is about to become volunteer executive director of the Office of Open Records. He’s refusing to leave the post after new Gov. Tom Wolf fired him Thursday.

Arneson told … Read the rest

PA lawmakers revive efforts to close union stalking loophole

January 22, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal jury convicted a once prominent Philadelphia union official of arson, racketeering conspiracy and extortion this week, providing more fuel for lawmakers who want to close a loophole protecting individuals … Read the rest

Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

January 21, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

Wolf immediately signed executive orders banning gifts for members of the executive … Read the rest