News & Brews April 27, 2022

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Leading GOP gubernatorial candidates to debate tonight

Republican gubernatorial candidates Lou Barletta, Doug Mastriano, Bill McSwain, and Dave White will meet on the debate stage tonight at 8pm. The event, which will be hosted by ABC27, will be carried on television stations statewide and will also be streamed online. Click here for info on how to watch.

PA House votes to cut corporate net income tax

Yesterday, the House voted 195-8 to reduce Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax by one percentage point to 8.99%, beginning January 1, 2023. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Josh Kail (Beaver and Washington counties), also provides for further reductions in the tax if there are budget surpluses of at least $500 million. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Pensions, RTK proposals on tap for House committee hearing today

The House State Government Committee, chaired by Rep. Seth Grove (York County), will meet at 9am this morning to vote on several bills relating to pensions and open records laws. See the rundown of the bills here, and watch the hearing live here.

Inside informant at work in Johnny Doc case

As former IBEW 98 leader Johnny Doc—often considered the most powerful unelected politician in Pennsylvania—remains embroiled in legal troubles, the Inquirer reported yesterday that the FBI had successfully gained an informant in Johnny Doc’s inner circle. He, of course, wants to know who it is, but it appears no one is telling. Read more here.

PA Senate primaries among The Hill’s ‘races to watch’

The Hill includes Pennsylvania’s Democrat and Republican Senate primaries among its seven primaries nationwide to watch this May. On the GOP side, the story notes the primary is “expected to test just how far Trump’s endorsement will go among Republican voters” (referring to the former president’s endorsement of Dr. Mehmet Oz). Meanwhile, the Democrat primary is key as Rep. Conor Lamb claims Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is too progressive to win statewide.

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