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Wolf’s severance tax proposal sets floor on price of natural gas

We did a story back in February looking at what needs to happen for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed extraction tax to generate more than $1 billion a year.

In short, production needs to increase and prices need to rise.

In his proposed legislation, Wolf is trying to take out some of the uncertainty by setting a floor for the price of natural gas for tax purpose. Continue reading “Wolf’s severance tax proposal sets floor on price of natural gas” »

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Gov. Tom Wolf expects natural gas production to increase in Pennsylvania by this much

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Sen. Wagner targets another colleague

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Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township (File photo)

It looks like state Sen. Scott Wagner hasn’t quite finished with former Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and has also found a new foe among his colleagues.

Related: Pileggi might resign from Senate

The Spring Garden Township Republican took aim at Pileggi, R-Delaware County, and Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery County, in a Tuesday email meant to address the status of his paycheck protection legislation.

Wagner was by all accounts an instrumental force in swaying senate Republicans to vote out Pileggi as leader in November. Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre County, was voted in as his replacement.

Related: Sen. Scott Wagner and challenger Linda Small both call for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi to be replaced

In the email, he reports an amendment to Senate Bill 501 introduced by Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair County, failed due to a tie vote of 24 to 24 in the Senate Monday.

“It was disappointing but not a surprise that five southeast Republican Senators voted no to the amendment,” he wrote, singling out Rafferty and Pileggi from the bunch.

Read what he said after the jump> Continue reading “Sen. Wagner targets another colleague” »

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What words came up most often in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address?

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Late Sen. Waugh honored on House floor

Mike Waugh poses in the large arena of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this year. Waugh resigned as a York County state senator and has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jason Plotkin)

Mike Waugh poses in the large arena of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this year. Waugh resigned as a York County state senator and has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Jason Plotkin)

Sen. Mike Waugh, a York County Republican who died on Oct. 8, 2014, was honored today in speech by Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion, on the floor of the Pennsylvania House.

Related: Mike Waugh, longtime York County Republican lawmaker, dies

In the speech, Saylor traced his own history with Waugh to point out the various ways he said he felt Waugh differed from other lawmakers.

For one, he said, Waugh was involved in a lot of things for many years but never seemed to take the credit he was due.

One of those accomplishments was his instrumental work to pass a statewide building code by finding common ground between the extreme views on a prospective code. That, Saylor said, also illustrated his ability to unify people.

Saylor said Waugh made sure the entire York County delegation met every month to be a united front for York County’s needs. Those meetings continued, he said, despite the changing faces in the York County delegation over the years.

Related: Friends, associates remember Mike Waugh

A partially completed transcript of the speech after the jump. Continue reading “Late Sen. Waugh honored on House floor” »

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Gov. Tom Wolf wants to cut the corporate net income tax rate by half

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to cut Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax rate by half to make it one of the lowest in the country.

He announced the proposal Wednesday, along with plans to eliminate the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and close tax loopholes through combined reporting.

He also proposed a ‘Made In Pennsylvania Job Creation Program’ through a $5 million tax credit. The tax credit will be given to “manufacturing companies that are creating good paying, middle class jobs,” his administration said in a news release.

The proposals will be included as part of his proposed 2015-16 state budget, which he will unveil on Tuesday.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the corporate net income tax brought in $2.42 billion for the state.

Pennsylvania has a flat 9.99 percent corporate income tax rate, the second highest rate in the nation. Iowa has the highest rate, but that state has a graduated corporate income tax, so the rate varies based on income, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

The Wolf administration said bringing the rate to 4.99 percent would make it the fourth lowest in the nation.

Here is a deep dive we did during the campaign about corporate tax loopholes. The corporate income tax was one of the issues we looked at in this October story.

Full release, after the jump:

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Interactive data: Where to get education funding data and how to sort it

We are working on an article about education funding and how support from state government in Pennsylvania compares to the states in the rest of the country. Here’s a guide for where to get the data and how to sort it.

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Which states provide the most for elementary and secondary public school systems

We’ve sorted the rankings by percentage, not by actual expenditures. The funding for federal, state and local sources represent percentages. They may not equal 100 percent because of rounding.

Green = states that rank in the top 10 for the percentage of their support.

Gray = states that rank from 11 to 40.

Red = states that rank from 41 to 50.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau for the fiscal year ending in 2012.

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Keeping track of Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda

We’ll be keeping track of various parts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda here. Stay tuned.

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