Independent Fiscal Office http://wesa.fm en Legislation Could Eliminate School Property Tax http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-could-eliminate-school-property-tax <p>After a year of review, Pennsylvania House Representative Jim Cox <a href="http://www.repjimcox.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=18122">reintroduced</a> House Bill 76 outlining the benefits of eliminating the school property tax in the Commonwealth. With 91 co-sponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate, Rep. Cox is <a href="http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2013/08/11/news/doc520702ab2884a602888768.txt?viewmode=default">confident</a> the bill will appeal to both legislators and tax-payers. Matthew Knittel, director of the <a href="http://www.ifo.state.pa.us/index.cfm#&amp;panel1-1">Independent Fiscal Office</a>, has reviewed versions of the bill and says from a revenue perspective, the bill could be made to work in certain parts of the state.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:14:22 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14867 at http://wesa.fm Legislation Could Eliminate School Property Tax Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Net Billions, But Unknowns Remain http://wesa.fm/post/study-medicaid-expansion-would-net-billions-unknowns-remain <p>A new study finds expanding Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania would yield billions of dollars in federal funding and result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional state tax revenue over the next eight years.<br><br>The Independent Fiscal Office report says the expansion would mean big cost-savings for the commonwealth — due largely to the number of people whose medical coverage would be picked up by the feds.<br><br>But baked into the study are several assumptions necessary for completing a fiscal analysis, said IFO director Matthew Knittel.<br> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:59:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 8386 at http://wesa.fm