today’s news … Monday, June 24, 2013

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Question for today “War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against one other.” – Thomas Carlyle

  • Census update: Lancaster County’s population growth exceeds state’s. So, too, does “persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin.” And “persons under 18.”
  • Public Hearing Held on Transportation Plan…The House Transportation Committee completed a series of public hearings on Senate Bill 1, a multi-year, comprehensive transportation funding plan. The committee received testimony from various stakeholders and industry representatives, including Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and representatives from public transportation systems, construction and engineering interests, agriculture, trucking, rail freight and others. Senate Bill 1 aims to raise an additional $2.5 billion a year for transportation funding, with an additional $11 billion overall over five years, by doing the following:
  1. Removing the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax.
  2. Reduce the State Liquid Fuels Tax over a period of four years.
  3. Make vehicle registrations valid for two years instead of one and increasing the net cost by $32.
  4. Make driver’s licenses valid for six years instead of four and increasing the net cost by $6.25.

“The House Transportation Committee expects to vote on the bill next week.” – (SOURCE: State Representative Ryan Aument’s Weekly Roundup)

 

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