With the 2017 election and budget impasse in the rear view mirror, attention turns to the 2018 gubernatorial and Congressional elections, and other legislative matters before the House and Senate. The Commonwealth Finance Agency has approved borrowing $1.5 billion against revenue from the tobacco settlement, new gambling licenses are being issued, and the $200 million in proposed fund transfers from PA Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association is again being contested, as that organization has sued to maintain its existence. If they choose not to transfer the money to the General Fund, a new law disbands this medical malpractice insurer of last resort on Dec. 1. Our guests this week are: John Finnerty, Harrisburg Bureau Chief for Community Newspaper Holdings; Jason Gottesman, with MyPLS, Harrisburg Bureau Chief of The PLS Reporter; and R.B. Swift reporter with Capitolwire. Our host is Brian Lockman.
Recorded 11-15-17 in Pittsburgh. Topics include: local services taxes and how they are applied when a place of business straddles municipal lines, state retirement pensions and whether a change of beneficiary form that is mailed in is valid if the successor beneficiary dies before the form is registered, warnings for motorists suspected of driving under […]
According to the Pocono Record, a PA Supreme Court ruling could change the landscape of 2018 congressional elections in Pennsylvania after it ordered a gerrymandering case against state legislative leaders must be decided by the end of the year. Sen. Andy Dinniman, D- Chester, and Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director of the PA League of Women Voters, […]
The state recently pass a gambling expansion bill allowing for online gaming. On this month’s edition of Focus on Aging Adults we will explore what the gaming expansion means for the state lottery fund, which benefits older Pennsylvanian’s.
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa come on our program to talk about what the Senate has left to accomplish this session, and issues like gambling and a natural gas severance tax. Property taxes, borrowing against Tobacco Settlement Fund revenue and changes to the Public School Code were also discussed.
When a legislative district map is drawn with highly irregular borders in such a way that deliberately favors one political party, that’s called Gerrymandering. Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA says Pennsylvania has some of the most unfair congressional districts in the country. She explains her group’s ideas to make the process less political, and […]
A ballot question on the 2017 ticket asked PA residents if they would like to see a reduction or elimination of property taxes in the state, with a majority voting “Yes” on the measure. Sen. Mike Folmer, R- Lebanon, and Sen. Lisa Boscola, D- Lehigh, talk to us about the proposals they’ve co-sponsored, and where […]
The high number of casualties at a mass shooting in Las Vegas was made possible by a gun modification that enables it to rapid fire, almost with the speed of an automatic weapon. It’s legal, and it’s called “bump stock”, which refers to its capacity to harness the energy of the gun’s recoil, and fire […]
Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief for WITF-FM in Harrisburg, talks to us about the election results, and issues like gerrymandering and property taxes. Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R- Bucks, talks to us about his natural gas severance tax legislation sitting in the House. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa discusses the latest news on the CHIP program, […]