Due to the work of Sen. Pat Browne, the Neighborhood Investment Zone (NIZ) was created in 2009. This effort encompassed working with two governors, Governor Ed Rendell and Governor Tom Corbett, their gubernatorial staff and 2 key revenue secretaries, Dan Meuser and Dan Hassell. For those who are unfamiliar with the NIZ, it is a… Read More»
Budget Update 10/30/17: Today the Governor approved the Admin, Tax, Fiscal, Gaming and Capital Budget bills: HB 118: Amends the Administrative Code implementing the 2017-18 budget & instituting future budget implementation; for administrative organization; providing for alternative judicial administration; and making related repeals. HB 271: Amends Titles 3 (Agriculture) and 4 (Amusements), extensively revising gaming provisions,… Read More»
BUDGET STATUS In light of the House action this week on the budget, I believe (have you heard this before?) that there is finally light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Based on next week’s legislative schedule, here is what I think will happen… The Senate will: move the tax and fiscal code bills… Read More»
**This article was originally written on Law360 By Dan Packel Law360, Philadelphia (October 18, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT) — Lawyers for a set of health insurance providers on Wednesday challenged Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services’ handling of a $12 billion procurement process to administer the state’s Medicaid program before the state’s Commonwealth Court, focusing on an allegedly improper… Read More»
Budget Update 10/2/17: The Pennsylvania House adjourned on Monday, October 2nd with several members indicating that there indeed is a problem getting the 102 votes for a tax package that includes commercial storage, which is projected to bring in over $175 million in new and sustainable revenue. The Senate did convene for session but all… Read More»
Today’s announcement that Standard and Poor’s lowered its rating on Pennsylvania’s debt is now the second downgrade it has slapped on Pennsylvania in three years as budget makers have struggled to pull the state out of a stubborn post-recession deficit. Aside from today’s downgrade, Governor Wolf stated that the Legislature has until the end of… Read More»
So Where is Pennsylvania and What is the Actual Status of our State Budget? The lower chamber’s Republican majority leaders, along with a healthy number of their rank and file conservatives, did not favor the Senate-passed (and Governor-endorsed), new-taxes revenue package which passed in late July, so they set out to find alternatives. For nearly… Read More»
While the electric vehicle industry is growing — sales increased by 37 percent in 2016 — it still faces many challenges. Why? Just as gas-powered vehicles rely on gas stations, electric cars depend on charging stations. And since electric vehicles are still a minority on the roadway, many state roads and highways aren’t equipped to… Read More»
Gov. Wolf has released his 2017-18 PA budget proposal. From agency consolidations to tax expansions, here’s what you need to know.
Procurement changes made in 2016 will undoubtedly affect the procurement process in 2017. Here’s how.