Capitol Report

Recent Action

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Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Feb. 3. Members of the General Assembly are set to return to session March 10.

Budget Hearings

Budget hearings by the state House of Representatives and Senate appropriations committee were set to begin Feb. 10 in Harrisburg and last through mid-March.

Tax Collection

Pennsylvania collected $2.4 billion in general fund revenue in January, which was $43.5 million, or 1.8 percent, less than anticipated, according to figures released by the state Department of Revenue.

Fiscal year-to-date general fund collections total $14.6 billion, which is $40.9 million, or 0.3 percent, below estimate.

Sales tax receipts totaled $814.2 million for January, $6.9 million below estimate. Year-to-date sales tax collections total $5.4 billion, which is $22.4 million, or 0.4 percent, less than anticipated.

Personal income-tax, or PIT, revenue in January was $1.2 billion, $71.3 million below estimate. This brings year-to-date PIT collections to $6.1 billion, which is $100.5 million, or 1.6 percent, below estimate.

January corporation-tax revenue of $131.9 million was $30 million above estimate. Year-to-date corporation tax collections total $1.4 billion, which is $87.9 million, or 6.5 percent, above estimate.

Slot Machine Revenue

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports that gross revenue from slot machines at the 12 casinos fell 8.7 percent in January to $171.8 million, compared to the $188.2 million in gross revenue generated in January 2013.

Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O'Toole blamed harsh winter weather for the drop.

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