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If Alabamians needed a reason to stick with Roy Moore, here it is…

Posted  by Sam Rolley/Personal Liberty   In American politics,  the only people more important than those who support you the most are the people ...

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Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore

BY ALEXANDER BOLTON -The Hill Senate Republicans are running out of options in their effort to replace Roy Moore as the party’s nominee ...

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Roy Moore, the Moms, and the Yearbook

By Joy Overbeck at Townhall Three out of the four Moms of the teen daughters who now claim sexual harassment or worse by ...

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According to Jesus, not one valid accusation against Moore

By Bryan Fischer at Renew America Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at "Focal Point" Host of "Focal Point" on ...

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LOCKDOWN: POLICE DECLARE MARTIAL LAW IN ENTIRE BALTIMORE NEIGHBORHOOD

Execution of black detective spurs harsh police response RT - Infowars Five days ago, Det. Sean Suiter, a married father of five and ...

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Police officer slain near Pittsburgh is ID’d; gunman still at large

Police officer slain near Pittsburgh is ID'd; gunman still at large

Fox News Police search for suspect after Pennsylvania officer killed Officer was fatally shot near Pittsburgh. A manhunt was underway in western Pennsylvania ...

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After Agent’s Death, Trump Declares US ‘Must Build the Wall!’

Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH /The Daily Signal A Border Patrol vehicle guards a section of border fence in Runn, Texas, in this March ...

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How Hungary Cut Illegal Immigration by 99%

By Matt | Contributor/The Political Insider What better way to figure out how to combat illegal immigration than to look at other countries that ...

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Newlin Township to Receive $754,000 Grant

Weekly Roundup Friday, November 17, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol Newlin Township to Receive $754,000 Grant I am happy to announce ...

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Bernstine Announces Safe Schools Grants for Laurel School District, Lawrence County Vo-Tech

Representative Aaron Bernstine 10th Legislative District Pennsylvania House of Representatives   RepBernstine.com / Facebook.com/RepBernstine   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2017   Bernstine Announces Safe Schools Grants for Laurel School District, ...

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The Monthly Report – November 2017

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2017-18 Budget Completed Four Months into Fiscal Year as Revenues Keep Pace

The General Assembly and the Administration finalized the legislative pieces necessary to complete the fiscal year 2017-18 budget. The enacted legislation includes a Tax Code bill (Act 43 of 2017) that authorizes the securitization of up to $1.5 billion in tobacco settlement payments to help close the one-time deficit carried over from fiscal year 2016-17. Despite having express authority to securitize a portion of the tobacco settlement payments, the Administration has been sending mixed signals by moving forward with a plan to sell a specified amount of monies derived from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The sale would generate upfront proceeds of approximately $1.35 billion, including $1.25 billion that would be transferred to the General Fund. In addition to the uncertainty of its borrowing plan, the Administration is contemplating raising significant revenue by applying new rules regarding the net operating loss deduction (NOL) retroactively to the 2017 tax year in light of the PA Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel. Also, they have unveiled a plan to suspend tax credits that were set to take effect in FY 2017-18.

A gaming expansion bill is also part of the package, and it will provide much-needed revenue to support both the General Fund and Property Tax Relief Fund. The gaming legislation modernizes the Pennsylvania Lottery by allowing it to offer new and exciting games over various platforms, including the Internet and on-site monitored draw games.

Total General Fund revenue for October 2017 was $2.18 billion, which was $59.3 million, or 2.7%, less than General Fund revenue collected in October 2016. The Independent Fiscal Office’s (IFO) monthly estimate for October projected General Fund revenue collections of $2.21 billion, and so actual revenues were $34.6 million less than the IFO estimate for the month. General Fund revenue collections for the fiscal year-to-date are $9.108 billion. The IFO estimate projected collections of $9.118 billion, and so General Fund revenues are $10 million, or 0.1%, below the IFO estimate thus far this fiscal year.

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