Drug Epidemic Declared a Disaster Emergency
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Drug Epidemic Declared a Disaster Emergency

The heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania this week was declared a statewide disaster emergency by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The designation comes on the heels of the General Assembly’s passage of at least a dozen state laws aimed at stopping abuse before it starts through prescription limits and better education outreach, as well as efforts to increase the availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and improved treatment options.

Among the goals set by the administration to address the issue are enhancing coordination and data collection to bolster state and local response; improving tools for families, first responders and others to save lives; and speeding up and expanding access to treatment.

More than 4,600 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to opioid overdose in 2016, and the 2017 statistics are expected to increase.
Tax Amnesty Program Recovers $143 Million

Nearly $143 million in state back taxes were recovered during a tax amnesty period that occurred last spring. After accounting for costs, more than $130 million in net revenue was generated, more than the original estimate of $100 million. The types of taxes collected (in descending order amounts) were corporation, sales and use, personal, employer withholding, inheritance, motor fuel, realty transfer, cigarette and other types.

Notices were mailed to nearly 860,000 business and individuals with Pennsylvania tax delinquencies. In total, 35,430 taxpayers participated in the program. This week, the Department of Revenue started mailing non-participation penalty assessments to delinquent taxpayers who failed to take part in the program. Learn more here.
Economic Outlook

Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for December were $2.8 billion, which was $30 million less than expected. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections of $14.23 billion are $4 million below the official estimate. Learn more here.
Farm Show Wraps Up

The 102nd Farm Show will conclude on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

Find out if anyone from our area came home a winner by checking the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos and award-winning recipes from the baking contests.

PennDOT Centers to Close for Holiday

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services at www.dmv.pa.gov.
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