Mustio: Plans Underway to Modernize Pennsylvania Liquor Stores
Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, shares weekly updates from his Harrisburg office.
State budget hearings continue
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am continuing to attend hearings at the State Capitol to review the governor’s proposed 2013-14 state budget.
This week, the committee heard testimony from the Department of Transportation, the state-related universities, the Liquor Control Board, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State, among others. The governor has proposed a transportation plan that seeks to raise an additional $509 million for bridges, highways and mass transit during 2013-14 and an extra $1.8 billion in 2017-18 largely through uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax and reducing the Liquid Fuels Tax.
The Liquor Control Board discussed its plans to enhance revenues from and modernize all 605 state stores by 2020. The governor aims to privatize the sale of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania as part of his budget proposal, and the board gave assurances it would work with the General Assembly in moving forward with an agreement.
Budget hearings will continue through the first week of March and live web streaming is available at www.pabudget.com.
You can also watch all my questions to previous testifiers by visiting my Video Library at www.RepMustio.com.
'Honoring Our Vets' license plates now available.
The “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate is now available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The plate was authorized by Act 194 of 2012. It features an American flag and a bald eagle with the words “Honoring Our Veterans.”
The cost of the license plate is $35, with $15 from the sale of each plate dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund. The trust fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide grants to veterans service organizations and other charitable organizations.
More information about obtaining the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate or any other special license plate is available at www.RepMustio.com.