Archive: April, 2013
Privatizing liquor sales in Pennsylvania will increase access to alcohol and lead to more social problems.
That was the unequivocal - and, some would say, unapologetic - message Tuesday at the first of three hearings in the Senate on Gov. Corbett's push to get government out of the business of running wine and hard liquor stores.
Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said that while everyone in the Capitol remains obsessed with getting a liquor privatization bill passed before the legislature's summer break, the clock is also ticking (and loudly) to get a state budget signed into law.
Speaking at the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg Monday, Scarnati said legislative leaders have yet to meet with Gov. Corbett about his proposed $28.4 billion spending proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Animal lovers: Want to talk about puppy mills, the state's stray animal crisis, dog chaining, pigeon shoots, feral hogs, "ag-gag" bills or any other hot animal issues on the agenda in Harrisburg and throughout the state?
A new ad has hit the airwaves in Bucks County against Republican Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who has become the new target for those pushing to privatize the sale of wine and hard liquor in Pennsylvania.
The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP), a non-profit group that advocates for limited government, is spending roughly $5,000 to air an ad on Fox in McIlhinney's Bucks County district for the next week, accusing him of "siding with union bosses who want to keep taxpayers footing the bill for Pennsylvania's broken government-run liquor store system."
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee did something no other lawmaker has done publicly: he offered the governor his list of "confirmable" nominees for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Some might call it Senate Democrats flexing their newfound leglative muscle, given that their votes are now needed in the judicial confirmation process.
A GOP proposal to close the controversial "Delaware loophole" that allows hundreds of the largest businesses operating in Pennsylvania to avoid paying corporate taxes, was approved by a House committee today.
The bill, which passed the House Finance Committee (16-5) with bipartisan support, would, in the words of its sponsor Rep. Dave Reed (R., Indiana), "require multi-state corporations operating in Pennsylvania to “add back” specific transactions to their state taxable income to ensure they are not being made solely for the purpose of reducing in-state tax liabilities."
He said similar add-back measures have been implemented in 23 other states.
We now have a date.
The first of what will likely be three Senate hearings on a controversial bill to privatize Pennsylvania's government-run wine and liquor stores has been scheduled for Tuesday of next week (April 30) in the Capitol - and it is bound to be telling.
The state Senate has unanimously approved a resolution marking the 30th anniversary of Hooters - no, my friends not the bar, the Philly rock band.
Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, iwho counts himself among The Hooters fan base,introduced the bill just a few weeks ago to recognize the band's contrubutions to the arts in the Commonwealth.