Success is always sweeter when it’s shared- and our clients had some great reasons to dig extra deep into the Halloween candy this year. As we look back down the home stretch for the budget, Triad Strategies is thrilled for its valued clients’ successes this season.
Congrats to the Stars Group and the Poker Players’ Alliance on the General Assembly passing legislation that would make PA only the fourth state to legalize online gaming. By working closely with the General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf’s office, the final product will help to plug the Commonwealth’s budget deficit through taxes and licensing fees, while opening up gaming to an entirely new demographic of players. By collaborating with existing brick-and-mortar casinos, the legislation will also prohibit the cannibalization of casino revenue, and at the same time start to rid Pennsylvania of illegal online sites by strictly regulating the new industry.
PA’s students win big with the College Board having advocated for legislation to ensure students attending State System Universities receive college credit if they achieve a certain score on Advanced Placement exams. Language championed by Chairman Jim Roebuck, Representative Kristin Hill, and Senator Ryan Aument was included in the comprehensive Education Code. It creates a consistent AP articulation policy, and ensures that certain scores on AP exams translate to college credits at any one of the fourteen State System institutions. It has the potential to save Pennsylvania students and their families over $110 million in tuition costs and increases the likelihood of students graduating in four years.
Thanks to the Erie delegation of both the House and Senate who successfully passed legislation that addressed duplicative and cumbersome regulations in the existing law. The legislation exempts Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE Northwest PA) providers from having to comply with archaic adult day licensing requirements under the Department of Aging.
Need a ride, but no Lyft or Uber was in the area? Not anymore! Drivers for Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber can now use vehicles that are 15-years-old or newer. This change in the vehicle age requirement will allow more drivers to provide transportation network service to consumers across the Commonwealth.
The University of Pennsylvania received $30.4 million in state appropriations for PennVet. This funding supports veterinary activities and the Center for Infectious Diseases, while also providing critical support to the state’s agricultural industry as it monitors the health and safety of the state’s food supply.
Sunny days are here again… Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello was also signed into law. The change to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act will greatly help Pennsylvania’s solar energy generators like Pocono Raceway by prohibiting out-of-state solar producers from using Pennsylvania’s energy credits. This change will lead to more solar capacity being built right here in Pennsylvania.
We can feel better about our water supply thanks to Westview Water Authority as the Fiscal Code included a provision to allow public funds to be used to replace privately held lead water lines. The change is crucial to systems in western Pennsylvania, who have struggled to get their arms around the costly issue of replacing these lines while protecting ratepayers.
With this year’s budget process in the rearview mirror, we at Triad Strategies look forward to our continued partnership and shared success for each of our clients in the coming year.