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• Bills outlining how the state will pay for its spending plan: Several bills outlining tax credits, revenue streams, and other provisions that enable Pennsylvania to collect and distribute dollars are awaiting final votes today.
• Ethane tax-credit: A proposed tax incentive aimed in part at securing Shell Oil Co.'s proposed petrochemical plant awaits a final vote in the state House. That proposal would create a nickel-per-gallon tax credit for purchasing and using ethane from gas wells within the commonwealth, provided that a company invests at least $1 billion and creates at least 2,500 construction jobs.
• Education reform measures: Also still working their way to the governor's desk are changes to charter school authorization and payment, new teacher evaluations that include student performance, and the expansion of a tax credit program for businesses that donate to scholarships for private schools.
• Funding for Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities: While the governor and leaders of 18 state-supported universities held an event Friday to highlight their pledge to hold tuition increases low in exchange for receiving the same amount of state aid next year, measures to authorize those dollars await votes in both chambers.
• Judicial nominations: Five nominees to county common pleas courts are awaiting Senate confirmation, including Gov. Tom Corbett's former chief of staff, Bill Ward of Mt. Lebanon. The Senate has said it intends to vote on the nominations before the summer recess.
First Published June 30, 2012 12:00 am