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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Legislative News

Another week, and more interesting budget news as the legislature attempts to craft a revenue plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year. On Tuesday evening, the House passed (102-88) a plan featuring a $1.5 billion proposal to borrow against the multistate tobacco settlement. With regard to actual tax revenues, the bill extends the state sales tax […]

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“More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services. That’s why we need to take innovative approaches to help restore connectivity on the island. Project Loon is one such approach.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai referencing Alphabet’s broadband balloon project which beams LTE signals to earth from a 65,000 foot orbit. The Commission gave an experimental license to the company in an effort to aid the country which still has 79 percent of its cell sites out of service.

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“They have made it clear that they would rather see me fail than Pennsylvania succeed. In the absence of a compromise revenue plan getting to my desk, I am going to take action to manage our state’s finances. I’ve had enough of the games.”

Excerpt from comments made by Governor Wolf alluding to his plan to borrow against future Liquor Control Board revenues in the wake of no budget-related legislation being acted upon by the House this week.  

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