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Will Greater Cooperation in Harrisburg Lead to Faster Passage of a Budget?

Charles J. Klitsch, Esq. on 6/23/2016

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Last year at this time, legislative leaders and Governor Wolf were not speaking with each other. What a difference a year makes – or at least the realization that this is an election year. While the 2016-17 state budget is not yet set in stone, significant progress is being made in plans to raise revenue needed to close the gap between money generated under the current tax structure and the amount needed to fund anticipated expenditures. Look for increased gambling options and loosening restrictions on alcohol sales, both of which are expected to generate increased tax revenue. Also expect to see additional taxes on tobacco products. There has not been any discussion of expanding the sales tax to include legal services – yet. Courtesy of Crisci Associates, we present the latest Pennsylvania House and Senate Legislative Tracking Report.

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