Following is a listing of executive action for the week of January 14. At press time, members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session today.
In the next few weeks, Governor Tom Corbett is expected to announce plans to increase the tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The AP reported that Corbett will ask for an uncapping of the oil franchise tax, now applied only to the first $1.25 of every gallon sold at the wholesale level.
In 2011, the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission recommended removing the cap over five years. Eliminating the cap would allow the tax to be applied to the full wholesale price of fuel, rather than only $1.25 per gallon. The move alone would raise close to $2 billion annually for transportation, according to state officials.
Total gross revenue from the play of slot machines and table games at Pennsylvania’s 11 casinos during calendar year 2012 was 4.4 percent higher than revenue generated in 2011, according to figures released by the Gaming Control Board.
Combined gross revenue from casino gaming was about $3.1 billion in 2012, which produced tax revenue in the amount of about $1.4 billion.
The board also reported that gross revenue from just the play of table games at Pennsylvania casinos was $60.4 million in December 2012. That represented an 8.2 percent increase in gross revenue from table games compared to December 2011, and was the second-highest gross revenue month for tables behind March 2012.