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The battle is on in the Wolf administration over the Governor’s proposed gas severance tax. A coalition of more than a dozen business groups clashed with Wolf yesterday over the proposed tax saying that the national gas industry has already created about 200,000 jobs, and paid more than $2 billion dollars in various state taxes since 2008 and reduced energy costs. Wolf says that the businesses are putting gas and oil interests ahead of schools and children who he says will benefit from his plan.
A 20 year old Bucks County woman died in a crash on Interstate 80 in Columbia County yesterday. The woman was driving westbound on 80 near the Mifflinville exit yesterday afternoon when for an unknown reason her car veered across the median into oncoming traffic. She was struck by an RV and died at the scene. Those inside the RV suffered minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
The state has awarded the Montoursville Area School District a grant in the amount of $2 million dollars. The funds will help to reduce the tax burden on residents and expand the installation of energy efficient building systems to the high school project– resulting in significant savings for the District for years to come.
It’s going to be a key week for Wall Street investors and the U.S. economy. Wal Mart, the nation’s biggest retailer set to report earnings. Profit is expected to fall 4.5%. What happens at Wal-Mart is key. Wal Mart accounts for 26% of all the revenue reported by all the retailers in the S&P 1500 index. Target is also reporting its results — on Wednesday. Investors want to see signs of better growth there, too. Target’s adjusted profit is expected to jump 47% for the first quarter. It’s not just big retailers. There are things to watch for too. Data on housing starts and building permits are due Tuesday. Analysts are calling for slight increases in activity. And then on Friday, the big number is out: inflation.
State Representative Jeff Wheeland will host the annual EMS Week Kickoff event which will be held Saturday from 10am to 2pm outside Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport. The free event features many vendors, the Life Flight Helicopter will be on hand, as well as a number of EMS vehicles and personnel and food and refreshments. Wheeland says he and his staff will be on hand to assist with a variety of state related programs as well.
Williamsport City Council last night gave the okay for a tax collection agency out of Pittsburgh to go after businesses that aren’t paying the city business privilege taxes. Turnkey Taxes Incorporated has assured the city they can collect at least $150,000 dollars in business privilege taxes annually for the city or the company isn’t paid. According to the agreement, if they can reach that number, they will be paid 20 percent of what they collect.