07-24-2017
07-24-2017 Duquense Light: Oil leak in Manchester-Chateau area not hazardous
Oil that cools an underground Duquesne Light cable leaked Sunday in  Pittsburgh’s Manchester and Chateau area, the utility said.  Construction taking place on Chateau Street may have caused the leak in a  pipe encasing the cable, Duquesne Light spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling Wallace...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-24-2017 State wants to drill gas customers, instead of frackers
Of all the terrible, unfair and just plain stupid ideas flowing out of  Harrisburg these days over how to plug a $2 billion-plus hole in the state  budget, this takes the cake.  An idea is being circulated in Republican circles to get revenue from the  natural gas boom in Pennsylvania – not by taxing the large companies...  - Philadelphia Daily News

07-24-2017 Pa. leaders gambling with state's fiscal health
Faced with a giant budget deficit and a potential blow to the state's  credit rating, Republican legislators in Harrisburg are singing a familiar  refrain:  Let's get more people to gamble.  What could possibly go wrong?  If you've been following the budget crisis -- three weeks without a plan...  - Easton Express-Times

07-23-2017 House Republicans boot balancing budget to Senate
State representatives gathered in Harrisburg for a few hours Saturday and  left without taking any votes, as Republican leadership punted  responsibility for balancing the budget to the state Senate and the  governor.  It was a blow to House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, who this week took...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-23-2017 Partnership eyes better improvements for low-income homes in Allegheny County
Allegheny County and Pittsburgh officials signed a compact Friday that  offers to help undercut lead contamination, asthma incidents, excessive  energy use and other hazards in lower-income households.  The move, which involves several nonprofit service providers, makes...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-23-2017 Power Struggle
"I wanted to help make a difference."  Herman Marshman has been the IBEW Local 272 president representing workers  at Bruce Mansfield since 2005. He took office without having prior union  leadership experience.  Transcript  Herman Marshman: I felt that the officers that was in place at that time...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-23-2017 Pa. House members leave Saturday session without a budget vote
State representatives gathered in Harrisburg for a few hours Saturday and  left without taking any votes, as Republican leadership punted  responsibility for balancing the budget to the state Senate and the  governor.  It was a blow to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), who last week...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-23-2017 State wants to drill gas customers, instead of frackers
Of all the terrible, unfair and just plain stupid ideas flowing out of  Harrisburg these days over how to plug a $2 billion-plus hole in the state  budget, this takes the cake.  An idea is being circulated in Republican circles to get revenue from the  natural gas boom in Pennsylvania – not by taxing the large companies...  - Philadelphia Daily News

07-23-2017 Pa. leaders gambling with state's fiscal health | Editorial
Faced with a giant budget deficit and a potential blow to the state's  credit rating, Republican legislators in Harrisburg are singing a familiar  refrain:  Let's get more people to gamble.  What could possibly go wrong?  If you've been following the budget crisis -- three weeks without a plan...  - Easton Express-Times

07-23-2017 State lawmakers fail to plug $2 billion budget gap
A House Republican effort to plug a $2 billion hole in the state budget  without raising taxes stalled after a lengthy closed-door GOP caucus  Saturday, leaving the Pennsylvania Legislature no closer to fully funding  the spending plan it passed earlier this month...  - AP

07-23-2017 Here's the educator's case for a severance tax: Opinion
By Jerry T. Jordan  The mounting turmoil in Washington, D.C. has highlighted the necessity of  action and political mobilization at the state and local level. This  "resistance" will be vital for cities and rural areas alike in the face of  national policies designed to defund public education and strip resources...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-23-2017 Plan B revenue package hits wall in Pa. House; Speaker Turzai challenges Senate, governor to lead
Pennsylvania's budget debate will likely re-set next week, not terribly far  off from the spot it was last week.  The question is, who can take the next step forward toward passing a $2.2  billion revenue plan needed to balance the already-passed $32 billion state...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-23-2017 Sales job begins on Pa. House Speaker's budget proposal
House Republicans worked through the day Saturday trying to see if they  have the votes to attempt a daring reset of the 2017 state budget talks.  The majority caucus is being asked by its top leader, Speaker Mike Turzai,  to pass a no-new-taxes revenue plan to balance the state's $32 billion...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-22-2017 KRC/PBPC: Drillers are Right - PA Needs Tax Rate on Gas Like Other States...
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07-22-2017 Start with the size of the Legislature to trim Pa.'s budget
Regarding the state budget: Close the annual budget gap by reducing the  size of the Legislature by 50 percent.  WILLIAM R. CASEY  West Mifflin  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-22-2017 Marcellus impact fee collections expected to rise after down year
This lean year for Pennsylvania’s shale gas impact fee collections  likely won’t be followed by another, according to new projections from  the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.  Impact fee revenue is expected to rise by between $8.7 million and $49  million next year, from the record-low $173.3 million that the state...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-22-2017 Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai's big budget gamble
Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai, perhaps the most powerful person in  the state Capitol these days, left a high-powered meeting last week amid  the state’s tense budget impasse looking unruffled.  “We had a very positive discussion,” he said before striding down a...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-22-2017 Pennsylvania House's $2 billion no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny
HARRISBURG — The question of where to find $2 billion will dominate the  upcoming weekend session by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature stumble  through a three-week stalemate.  House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, wants House members to support a...  - Allentown Morning Call

07-22-2017 Nathan Benefield: Should you pay a cable TV tax to watch 'The Walking Dead'?
Thanks to last year's state budget, you're paying more to watch "House of  Cards." This year, "The Walking Dead" — and a host of other cable TV  shows — could cost you more, too.  Just one year ago, lawmakers passed an unpaid-for state spending plan,  which Gov. Wolf let become law. To fill the gap, they all agreed to a $650...  - Allentown Morning Call

07-22-2017 The Latest: Lawmakers head home without movement on revenues
An effort by House Republicans to plug a $2 billion budget gap without  raising taxes has stalled and lawmakers are going home after several hours  of closed-door meetings...  - AP

07-21-2017 New Law Promotes Use of Cleaner-Burning Natural Gas in Larger Vehicles
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07-21-2017 Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in natural gas production for 4th year in a row
Pennsylvania was the nation's second-largest natural gas producer for the  fourth year in a row in 2016, the Energy Information Administration said  Thursday.  The agency released a new set of state energy profiles , including the one  for Pennsylvania . The profiles summarize energy states such as production...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

07-21-2017 House to hold session amid swirling budget disagreements
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives prepared to return to Harrisburg  for an unusual weekend session amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate  and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over how to resolve a gaping hole in state  government's $32 billion budget plan...  - AP

07-21-2017 House takes a turn at trying to solve budget puzzle
HARRISBURG — Members of the state House will return to the Capitol  Saturday as lawmakers struggle to thread the needle in a way that satisfies  conservative lawmakers, a Democratic governor and the need to balance a  budget with a $2.2 billion shortfall.  It’s far from clear that an immediate agreement is in the offing....  - Sunbury Daily Item

07-21-2017 From Pa. Democrats - This is how to end Pa's budget stalemate: Opinion
Pennsylvania is now headed into the fourth week of the fiscal year and the  long-running battle over a revenue plan to fund the new $32 billion state  budget continues.  State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny (Pa. House photo)   State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny (Pa. House photo)...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-21-2017 Trump administration cancels hundreds of Obama-era regulations
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget detailed Thursday how  it would jettison hundreds of existing or planned regulations as part of  its larger push to ease federal restrictions on the private sector,  upending federal policies on labor, the environment and public health....  - Washington Post

07-21-2017 Will proposed cuts undermine Trump’s vision of ‘energy dominance’?
On May 22, a day before the release of the Trump budget, senior Energy  Department officials completed a presentation about a proposed 69 percent  cut in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The first  slide featured sunny photos of an electric car charger, a wind turbine, a...  - Washington Post

07-20-2017 Exelon's Merger with Pepco Holdings is Affirmed by D.C. Court of Appeals
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07-20-2017 Budget stalemate has more to do with Turzai's political posturing
Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai apparently isn’t paying  attention to the tailspin fellow Republicans in Washington are battling for  blithely pursuing a course to appease their tax-averse campaign  contributors that would jeopardize the health care of millions of...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-20-2017 Pa. House leaders calling members back to work on budget-related bills
The House of Representatives are calling their members back to Harrisburg  for a rare weekend session to consider some budget-related bills.  But don't take that to mean a deal has been reached on a plan to to pay for  Pennsylvania's $32 billion unfunded state budget....  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-20-2017 Will TMI closure end in a meltdown for Pa's electricity consumers?: Opinion
Three Mile Island, the nuclear reactor in Londonderry Township, partially  melted down on March 28, 1979. Memories of that accident go a long way  toward explaining why nuclear power's share of U.S. electricity-generating  capacity is expected to decline from 20 percent today to 11 percent by...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-20-2017 House Republicans need to get serious about solving Pa's revenue problems: Editorial
Always handy with a quip, former state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Cambria, used  to joke that, when it came to making the tough choices in Harrisburg during  budget season, "everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die."  In that case, the non-starter of a revenue plan that state House...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-20-2017 Using duct tape on Pennsylvania budget no solution
Muhlenberg College political science professor and pollster Chris Borick  took his son to Maine, where they climbed Mount Katahdin on the Appalachian  Trail.  Borick brought his old tent along so they could camp, but one of the  ancient aluminum poles snapped, and he had to duct tape it together....  - Allentown Morning Call

07-20-2017 Chris Reilly: Pa. lawmakers must keep TMI open (column)
By now you’ve probably heard the news. On May 30 it was announced that  Three Mile Island nuclear generation plant will close – absent needed  policy and regulatory reforms. If TMI closes, 675 people with highly  specialized skills and training will lose their jobs. But it’s not just...  - York Daily

07-20-2017 Guest Column: Following latest Pa. budget debacle, it’s time to use revenue options
For the past seven years, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have  had majority control of our state government. For four of those years,  they’ve had total control. During that time, their fiscal policy has  been disastrous for Pennsylvania. Rather than engage in real solutions for...  - Primos Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times

07-20-2017 House to hold session amid swirling budget disagreements
HARRISBURG, PA.  The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is scheduled to return to session  this weekend, amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate and Democratic  Gov. Tom Wolf over how to resolve state government's deficit...  - AP

07-19-2017 PoliticsPA: Budget Negotiations Continue, Work Still Needed
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07-19-2017 Negotiations on how to fund Pennsylvania budget take a turn for the worse
HARRISBURG — As Pennsylvania’s state budget impasse drags on, House  Republican leaders appear to be emerging as the holdouts in talks.  Top legislative Democrats said Tuesday that House GOP leaders presented a  counter-proposal Tuesday that does not contain many of the items that had...  - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

07-19-2017 Pa. state budget update: House Republicans offer new no-taxes plan to raise revenue
The state budget talks slipped back a step Tuesday.  What remains to be seen, however, is whether that's true slippage, or just  a search for firmer footing from which the final climb to completion can  launch.  The main development Tuesday was delivery by top House Republican leaders...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-19-2017 Hard to understand why the PUC pooh-poohed Lancaster's tuk-tuk company
THE ISSUE  A small business that sought to offer sightseeing and food tours in  Lancaster city using the tuk-tuk or E-Tuk — a three-wheeled,  battery-operated, open car — has been denied permission to operate as a  common carrier by the state Public Utility Commission, LNP reported last...  - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

07-19-2017 Perry Praises ‘Clean Coal,’ but Trump Administration Policies Don’t Promote It
On his first official visit to this coal-seam state that voted  overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump, Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised the  work of the scientists at a federal laboratory devoted to figuring out how  to burn more coal with less pollution.  “You and your predecessors have really worked to change the world,”...  - New York Times

07-19-2017 Lawmakers continue talks about funding Pa. budget
State senators from Delaware County said Tuesday budget discussions among  their leaders continue while elected and industry officials debate the  optimum way to fund this year’s financial package.  The $32 billion spending package became law after it was passed by the...  - West Chester Daily Local News

07-19-2017 Pennsylvania budget shocker: House GOP backs off raising taxes
Efforts to end Pennsylvania’s 18-day stalemate over how to pay for a  $32 billion budget took an unexpected turn Tuesday when House Republican  leaders abruptly retreated from discussions over raising taxes to help  stitch together the state government’s threadbare finance...  - AP

07-19-2017 Lawmakers may feel little push to close out budget
The struggle to balance the state budget isn’t helped by the fact that  there’s little public pressure to solve the problem, said G. Terry  Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College.  Gov. Tom Wolf, a first-term Democrat, looking ahead to next year’s...  - New Castle News

07-19-2017 House Republicans need to get serious about solving Pa's revenue problems: Editorial
Always handy with a quip, former state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Cambria, used  to joke that, when it came to making the tough choices in Harrisburg during  budget season, "everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die."  In that case, the non-starter of a revenue plan that state House...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-18-2017 Pa. Senate back in Capitol
HARRISBURG — The Senate returned to the State Capitol early Monday  afternoon with good intentions: to consider various bills related to the  still-incomplete state budget.  But by day’s end, the chamber had canceled committee meetings planned  to start moving those bills along the legislative pipeline. And though...  - Philadelphia Inquirer

07-18-2017 Senate GOP leader says 'we have some work to do yet' to finalize a 2017-18 state budget
If an effort to finalize a 2017-18 general fund revenue package were  determined by the length of a meeting where it was discussed, Pennsylvania  might possibly have had an agreement on one by day's end Monday.  But that's not how it works.  A meeting between the top two Republican leaders that lasted 105 minutes...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-18-2017 A severance tax needs to be part of the final budget deal, here's why: Opinion
At least 36 states impose a severance tax of some kind, 31 on oil and/or  gas, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  But Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business  and Industry, would have us - and in particular, state lawmakers - believe...  - Harrisburg Patriot-News

07-18-2017 Manderino heads to Gaming Control Board
Mon Valley native Kathy Manderino will leave her post as state Secretary  of Labor and Industry Aug. 1 to assume an appointment to the Pennsylvania  Gaming Control Board.  Manderino, a lawyer and former state lawmaker, is the daughter of late  Speaker of the State House Jim Manderino. The Monessen Democrat, who served...  - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

07-18-2017 Senators return to state Capitol, but budget deal remains elusive
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania senators returned to the Capitol on Monday  but with no agreements in sight on the 17th day of a stalemate on elements  of the state government's threadbare budget that, by all projections, would  lack the tax collections to sustain it for an entire year...  - AP

07-18-2017 West Penn Energy Fund receives $5,000 grant
SCHNECKSVILLE - West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund has presented the  Sustainable Energy Fund with a $5,000 grant to co-fund Energypath 2017,  scheduled July 24-27 at DeSales University in Center Valley, Lehigh County.  According to a release, Energypath is the region's largest sustainable...  - Reading Eagle

07-18-2017 A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet
There is simply no credible way to address climate change without changing  the way we get from here to there, meaning cars, trucks, planes and any  other gas-guzzling forms of transportation. That is why it is so heartening  to see electric cars, considered curios for the rich or eccentric or both...  - New York Times


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