State Capitol ROUNDUP
3/1/2013

‘Honoring Our Veterans’ License Plates Now Available 

Pennsylvanians can demonstrate their support for the state’s servicemen and women with an “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate now available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  The plate was authorized by Act 194 of 2012.  It features an American flag and a bald eagle with the words “Honoring Our Veterans.”  The cost of the license plate is $35, with $15 from the sale of each plate dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund.  The trust fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide grants to veterans service organizations and other charitable organizations.  More information about obtaining the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate or any other special license plate is available on Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Millin) website at www.KerryBenninghoff.com 

House Budget Hearings Continue 

The House Appropriations Committee continued budget hearings this week with state agencies to review the governor’s budget proposal and receive testimony.  This week, the committee heard from the Department of Transportation, the state-related universities, and the Liquor Control Board, among others.  The governor has proposed a transportation plan that seeks to raise an additional $509 million for bridges, highways and mass transit during 2013-14 and an extra $1.8 billion in 2017-18 largely through uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax and reducing the Liquid Fuels Tax.  The state-related universities, Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln, would be level funded under the governor’s plan.  The testifiers from the universities emphasized their efforts to keep tuition increases to a minimum for students.  The Liquor Control Board discussed its plans to enhance revenues from and modernize all 605 state stores by 2020.  The governor aims to privatize the sale of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania as part of his budget proposal, and the board gave assurances it would work with the General Assembly in moving forward with an agreement. For the latest budget news, visit Benninghoff’s website at www.KerryBenninghoff.com.
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