Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai
Governor Corbett’s decision to trim legislative funding from the new state budget is shining a light on the rift between the Republican governor and the legislative leaders of his own party who control the House and Senate.
Supporters say the bill would offset a reduction in corporate net income tax rates by cracking down on companies that have headquarters or subsidiaries in Delaware and use that state’s tax-friendly policies to avoid paying Pennsylvania levies.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have wrapped up another two-year session without action on privatizing liquor sales. That may not bode well for supporters of the idea.
The House Monday night began debating the proposal by Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, that would give Pennsylvania beer distributors right of first refusal for 1,600 retail licenses for wine and spirits sales that would be available.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate legislation that could ultimately reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature.
Efforts to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania got a boost yesterday when the legislature’s prime supporter of the idea announced he’s not going to run for Congress.
Beer distributors would be able to compete for the right to sell wine and liquor under the privatization plan unveiled last week by the state House majority leader.
Legislative leaders yesterday struck a last-minute deal on legislation that will allow Pennsylvania to qualify for an extension of federally-funded unemployment benefits for 45-thousand residents.