Dept. Of Human Services Planning Change To LIHEAP Funding Allocation
PPA learned this week the Department of Human Services is planning to execute a significant change in the way it allocates LIHEAP monies this season….

Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF) Monies Appropriated To General Fund (Again)
For the second time this year, $30 million of USTIF were designated to be diverted to the state’s General Fund….

PA Legislature Passes Bill Providing Business Protection From Frivolous COVID-19 Lawsuits
The General Assembly has sent to the Governor House Bill 1737 which would temporarily, and in a targeted fashion…

PA Electric Vehicle Fee Bill Stalls In State Senate
Last week, the state House passed legislation– Senate Bill 845 –that would have established a road use fee on electric vehicles in the state….

PA Senate, House Send Complete FY 2020-21 State Budget To Gov. Wolf
On Friday, the House and Senate passed and sent to Gov. Wolf the FY 2020-21 budget that adds about $11 billion to the temporary budget they passed in May for a total General Fund budget of $36.5 billion, about four percent above last year….

Biden’s Progressive Energy, Environmental Policies Face Barriers In U.S. Senate
While President Trump’s legal challenges to the election results remain ongoing, EMA fully expects that on Inauguration Day – January 20, 2021 – President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office….

IRS Continues To Disallow Deductions For PPP Loans; Congress Pushes Back
The IRS reaffirmed its position last week indicating that employer expenses paid from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds do not qualify as deductible expenses if the loan is forgiven….

EMA Urges Congress to Make Improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program
EMA joined a large coalition of associations in sending another letter to Congress urging an immediate fix to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process before the end of the year….

New Lobbying Group To Push For 100 Percent EV Sales By 2030
A new lobbying group was formed last week to advocate for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030….

Congressional Democrats Face Uphill Battle To Overturn Last Minute Trump Rulemakings
Congressional Democrats are looking to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn several last-minute rules finalized by the Trump Administration during the second half of 2020….

Heating Fuel Dealers: Tell Congress To Fully Fund LIHEAP Now
It is time for heating fuel dealers to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge them to support increased funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)….

PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Elections, Budgets, Guns, Flags And Face Masks
In addition to trying to finish the FY 2020-21 state budget, Republicans and Democrats continued their war over the November election….


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