HARRISBURG (WSKG) - After extensive closed negotiations, a House committee has moved a plan to close part of the $2.2 billion gap in Pennsylvania's overdue budget. It's expected to be considered by the full chamber on Wednesday. Its key component is a five percent tax on hotel rates that would largely impact major cities, and is already being opposed by the hotel industry. The statewide rate is currently six percent. Nearly doubling it would only raise around $100 million this year, and roughly $160 million next year. But House Majority Leader Dave Reed said even deciding to move forward with the hotel tax is a significant step in a budget process where new revenue has been difficult to agree on.
Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York. He is attending Purchase College as a freshman. Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film. He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career. Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about?
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing - “Religion and Culture today”. At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today. As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After a week of closed talks between legislative leaders and Governor Tom Wolf, the House and Senate are back in session together for the first time in months. Leaders say they have a loose budget structure to work from now, though no one has officially agreed to anything. The House hasn't yet held official discussions with members about the framework, but the Senate did Monday afternoon. After he emerged from a long, closed caucus meeting, GOP leader Jake Corman told reporters that roughly 10 pieces of legislation will need to pass in order to truly balance the budget. "I mean, look, we're closer than we've been in some time, clearly," he said. "We actually brought the members back in to discuss elements of things the governor and House leadership and I talked about last week."
Naure | Naledi: One Little Elephant airs on WSKG TV October 4, 2017 at 8pm
Kiti, a gentle elephant in Botswana, was in her 661st day of pregnancy, a normal gestation period, when she finally gave birth to a baby girl. For nearly two weeks, the staff of Abu Camp, a halfway house for orphaned and former zoo and circus elephants, had been passing the time by coming up with a list of possible names for Kiti’s offspring. Perhaps because the calf was born at night, they called her Naledi, which means star in the local language. Naledi was an instant hit with the Abu Camp caretakers including elephant manager Wellington (“Wellie”) Jana who compared her arrival to getting a new daughter in the family. Wildlife biologist and Botswana native Dr. Mike Chase, who is also tasked with looking after Naledi’s herd, hopes she will have the option to be reunited with her extended family.
ITHACA (WSKG) - Back in the ‘90s, states sued big tobacco to pay for the costs of caring for smokers. Now, New York state counties, including Broome, are trying to sue big pharma over the opioid crisis. And Tompkins County is weighing whether it wants in. It’s pretty attractive. It’s free for the counties because their lawyers just get a cut of the winnings. But, Tompkins County must decide if it’s worth the time and manpower to provide information for a county lawsuit — or just join a potential statewide suit. After a day in felony drug court, Todd Livingston stood on the front steps of the Tompkins County Courthouse in Ithaca. He’s a defense lawyer and said half the cases in the court are opioid-related.
ITHACA (WSKG) - Ride sharing became available in Upstate New York in late June. However, since the school year started, demand is surging in Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. We wanted to know what it’s like to be an Uber or Lyft driver in Ithaca right now. Ultimately, is it a good job? At the start of his Friday evening shift, Thomas Harris sits behind the wheel of his enormous SUV.
Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? 'Algo' is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.
Artists of Susquehanna County, PA open their studios for the annual Artists Open House on October 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 6pm. Twenty-six artists in 19 locations display paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, and woodworking. There is also a treasure hunt and a Richard Gere film festival. We meet painter Earl Lehman and photographer Eric Van Tassel. http://wskg.org/audio/17artstour.mp3