The Public Forum is a monthly KQV Radio Talk Show where hosts from our Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs Team and various guests discuss current topics impacting Harrisburg and D.C. and the business community.
Our Hosts for tonight’s show are Rob Vescio and Kim Hileman with guest, David Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
We hope you will listen tonight at 7:00 PM at 1410 AM, KQV.
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If you have questions please contact Michelle Vezzani at MVezzani@cohenlaw.com or the public affairs professional with whom you work.
On July 10, 2014, Governor Corbett approved the budget for Pennsylvania’s 2014-2015 fiscal year after announcing that he had decided to line item veto certain funding for the state legislature. The budget provides for $29.1 billion in state spending for this new fiscal year. Budget highlights include:
No increases in broad-based state taxes (e.g., Personal Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax).
No severance tax on the extraction and production of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
The continuation of economic development tax credits, including the Film Production Tax Credit.
The continued phase out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.
$10.5 billion for K-12 education.
A $20 million increase in special education.
A $10 million increase for PlanCon, a process whereby a school district seeks reimbursement from state government for a major construction project undertaken by the school district.
$327.69 million in funding for early childhood education, including a $10 million increase for Pre-K Counts.
A $3.5 million increase in funding for community colleges.
$5 million for the newly established Ready-to-Succeed Scholarship, which provides merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement and come from families with household income of less than $110,000.
$100 million for the newly created Ready-to-Learn Block Grants to support academic achievement with flexible uses that include the following: uses allowable under the Accountability Block Grant; establishing, expanding, and maintaining kindergarten and Pre-K programs; hybrid learning; and curriculum alignment.
Requirement that the Environmental Quality Board regulations differentiate between conventional oil and gas wells and unconventional gas wells.
Elimination of the state’s pension reimbursement payments to charter and cyber charter schools.
No public pension reform. However, pension reform may be taken up by the state legislature in the fall.
No liquor store privatization or modernization.
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