Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.
State house majority leader Mike Turzai met with Superintendent Willliam Hite for about an hour at school headquarters. Turzai pledged he’d work to pass the cigarette tax.
Word this past week that liquor privatization talks are heating up again in the state capitol prompts the question: if a deal on legislation is reached, what might it look like?
The future of legislation that would raise new money for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania remains up in the air.
The Pennsylvania House has approved legislation that would allow for small games of chance in bars and taverns. The state Senate is expected to follow suit next week.
The week ahead will be critical for a bill that generates new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit to win approval during the current legislative session.
Despite his opposition to it, the majority leader says he still expects the Pennsylvania House to vote later this month on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit. Meanwhile, a vote has been delayed at the request of the governor.
Even though he doesn’t support it, House majority leader Mike Turzai says he’s angling for a vote this fall on a state Senate-passed bill to increase transportation spending by $2½ billion per year.
Pennsylvania’s voter ID law heads back to court Monday after nearly a year in legal purgatory. Opening arguments begin this afternoon in a trial that is expected to last two weeks.
It appears lawmakers will have to work past their scheduled Sunday night recess to finish work on the budget.
State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says members of his caucus tend to prefer a less expensive transportation funding proposal put forth by Governor Corbett.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a pair of bills that would ease the impact of Mayor Michael Nutter’s initiative to overhaul property taxes in Philadelphia.
The state House will tackle liquor privatization this week, and it starts with a committee vote on a bill expected to take place today.
Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law snagged national headlines for months this year, sparking protests and a major legal battle that reached the state Supreme Court.
On a radio show in Pittsburgh, the sponsor of the bill — Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County, left) — savaged the ruling.