Entries by Fred Gaffney

Analysis Highlights Heavy Burden of Wolf’s Budget Proposals

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office released an analysis last week that anticipates the tax increases proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his 2016-17 budget plan would generate $2.66 billion for new state spending. This is slightly less than the $2.7 billion that the governor’s budget office estimates would be the full amount of tax hikes […]

PPL Continues to Improve Reliability

PPL Electric Utilities has made significant improvements to customer reliability in recent years through line clearing, capital investments, and new technology. Assisted by mild weather, 2015 service reliability was the best in more than 20 years across its 29 county service area. The company plans to invest nearly $1 billion per year over the next […]

Will the 2016-17 Budget Process be Any Better?

With the State’s 2015-16 budget finally completed, legislators are well into the 2016-17 process. Will the next budget be passed on time? Get insights from our State delegation and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry at an upcoming breakfast. Jennifer Reis, Manager of Government Affairs with the PA Chamber, will provide an overview of […]

General Assembly Sends Governor Veto-Proof Fiscal Code Bill

Last week, an overwhelming majority of House and Senate lawmakers sent Gov. Wolf an amended version of the Fiscal Code Bill that provides direction for how certain state funding should be spent. The governor vetoed a previous version of the legislation in March, based on his resistance to provisions relating to school funding distribution, environmental […]

New Kiosks in Danville Showing Results

On March 1st, the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau unveiled two new interactive kiosks located in the Danville area. The first kiosk was placed at Geisinger Medical Center in the Atrium Café, which is a heavily trafficked area of the hospital complex.  The other kiosk is located in the lobby of the Pine Barn Inn.  These displays […]