TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 15TH, 2022

The University of Pittsburgh reportedly will increase in-state tuition by three-point five percent for the 2022-23 school year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting school trustees approved rates Thursday that would bring the base tuition for state residents on the main campus to a little over 19-thousand dollars per year.  The hike for out-of-state students would be around five and a half percent. Penn State University is expected to announce its tuition rates by the end of this month.

Security plans are in place ahead of a busy weekend in Pittsburgh.  With the Black Music Festival underway at Point State Park, and Picklesburgh beginning today, thousands of people are expected to gather in the city.  Acting Police Chief Tom Strangrecki says, much like the Fourth of July event, uniformed officers and support personnel will have a presence surrounding the events.  Safety is a priority at all large gatherings, according to Strangrecki.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is applauding the reduction in the Corporate Net Income Tax rate as part of the new state budget. PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein says the reduction in Pennsylvania’s highest in the
nation 9.99 percent Corporate Net Income Tax rate will make the state more competitive, even though it will take nine years for it to be cut in half. (CUT 3) Bernstine says cuts in corporate tax rates typically lead to increased GDP, higher wages, increased home values and more jobs.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is presenting a proposal to allow the state’s high school athletes to make money on their name, image and likeness.  PIAA officials said the plan is needed to prevent the state’s high school athletes from leaving the state.  It would allow student athletes to sign commercial endorsements, earning money from promotional activities.  They would not be allowed to reference the PIAA, member schools or team name and can’t wear their school uniform for a promotion.    

State Representative Rob Matzie announced 1.4 million dollars is being awarded in Beaver County to build and modernize Pennsylvania’s registered apprenticeship system. Matzie said the funding will give local students and job seekers a leg up in securing good-paying jobs by connecting them with trusted work partners. The grants were awarded through the state Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office.

Specialists with the State Department of Agriculture are warning drivers to check their cars for spotted lanternflies before they travel through the state. The insect is known to frequently hop onto vehicles as it makes its way hundreds of miles from its original location. A state study says if uncontrolled, the insect could cause the state to lose 324-million-dollars annually in agriculture damage and also affect over 28-hundred jobs. Over 40 PA counties have enacted a spotted lanternfly quarantine. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is warning businesses throughout the commonwealth of a scam in which fraudsters are impersonating the department mailing them false notices of investigation. The fraudulent letters will direct business owners to turn over their accounting records in order for scammers to use for illicit activities that will greatly harm the business’s financial standing. Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary, Dan Hassell is urging Pennsylvanians to be on high alert if they receive any suspicious notice claiming to be from the revenue department.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident that sent one man to the hospital. According to police 55 year old Kerry Kelly of Zelienople was northbound on Interstate 79 in Jackson Township when he struck a vehicle operated by 44 year old Shannon Downy of Chicago. Kelly’s vehicle then left the roadway and struck a tree. He was taken to UPMC Cranberry for treatment. No other injuries were reported. Two fan favorites are thrilling riders once again at Kennywood amusement park.  Park officials say the Steel Curtain and Thunderbolt roller coasters, both closed for repairs last month, are open once more.  Thunderbolt went back into service a few weeks ago while Steel Curtain went back online yesterday