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State 2014-15 Budget Hides $2 Billion Structural Deficit

HARRISBURG – The $29.1 billion budget that the General Assembly placed on Governor Corbett’s desk is a ticking time bomb that hides a $2 billion (or more) structural deficit that will explode sometime next year. The Governor threatened this spring to not sign the budget unless the General Assembly dealt with pension reform and the privatization of the state liquor system. Neither of those got done.... (more)



Bill to Encourage Green Infrastructure Passes St
ate House

Rain GardenHARRISBURG – A bill to encourage the use of green infrastructure and other best management practices (BMPs), such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales and similar landscape designs, to control storm water runoff has passed both houses and is on the Governor’s desk. The bill, SB 1255, gives municipal authorities the power to offset water and sewer bills when green infrastructure is used by property owners to control storm water runoff... (more)

Bill Amends Home Improvement Contractor Law   

Home Improvement Contractor LawHARRISBURG – A House bill (1543) that amends the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration law has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously in late June. The bill clarifies language to make it easier to write time and materials home improve contracts for work covered under the home improvement contractor law... (more)

PLNA Opposes Pesticide Notice Bill

ParkHARRISBURG – PLNA has come out in opposition to HB 1459 that would require 72 hour notice before pesticides could be used in public or private parks. PLNA’s objections were spelled out in an email to Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs staff, where the bill is being considered. PLNA’s main objection is that the notice period would require that companies be able to accurately... (more)

Pa.'s Chesapeake Bay Report: Good News/Bad news

BayANNAPOLIS, MD - A recent assessment by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) found that Pennsylvania has exceeded some of its Chesapeake Bay clean up goals and fell short of others. According to the report, the state exceeded its goal for phosphorus cleanup and but fell short in reaching its overall nitrogen pollution reduction goal... (more)



Immigration Reform Window Slams Shut

ImmigrationWASHINGTON, D.C. – The small window for immigration reform in Congress, which was open last month for a short period, slammed shut with Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Virginia) stunning defeat in his June primary. What had been a very carefully knit together opportunity by immigration reform supporters to move reform bills before this fall’s mid-term election, unraveled as conservative House Republicans ran for cover. Many saw Cantor’s defeat as a grim warning... (more)


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7/30/2014 » 7/31/2014
PANTS (Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show)

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