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State tax collections top estimates

September arrived with a massive hurricane but also concerns that the economy would wither in the face of a spike in Covid-19 infections from the delta variant of the virus.
  • Data remains scarce and it is far too early to say with certainty.
  • However, at least one marker is showing the Pennsylvania economy held up over the last month.

What marker: State revenue from corporate, personal and sales taxes. All three buckets grew more than expected last month, according to data from the Independent Fiscal Office, an independent state agency.
  • Corporate tax collections were $866.3 million for the month, up 45.8% from $594.1 million in September 2020.
  • The estimate for September 2021 was $673.4 million, according to the fiscal office.
  • Sales-tax revenue for items other than cars was $971.9 million in last month, up from $837.2 million for the same period a year ago
  • The estimate for September 2021 was $874.9 million.
  • The state's income tax, meanwhile, raked in more than $1.5 billion last month, up from $1.3 billion in September 2020.
  • The estimate for September 2021 was $1.4 billion.
Why is this happening: The fiscal office just tracked the numbers for last month. It did not offer an explanation.
  • While the early numbers for September look strong, there are still risks to the economy, including inflation, a clogged supply chain and a shortage of workers.
  • And a few sectors -- namely restaurants -- see dismal months ahead.
  • Nonetheless, some reports suggest the delta wave may be cresting.

Quick takes

WHO'S BUYING: Capstone Land Transfer. A regional title insurer based in Lemoyne, Capstone has acquired Lancaster-based title insurer Land Transfer Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but, according to a press release, Land Transfer will keep its name and continue to operate out of its North Duke Street office in Lancaster.
  • Capstone is owned and operated by Brian Zulli, its president, and Jolene George, its vice president. It has 16 employees and an additional office in Lancaster County.
  • Land Transfer is headed by Patti Connell, who has more than 35 years of experience in the business. The company employs eight people, according to George.
  • "I have high expectations for this acquisition and look forward to growing this company with the addition of Patty’s team," Zulli said in a statement.

WHO'S MAKING PROMOTIONS: Warehaus. The York-based architecture, design and engineering firm has named Lauren Bergman as its first-ever chief marketing and employee engagement officer. Bergman (below left) has been at Warehaus for four years and was the firm's marketing director. The company previously had separate chiefs for marketing and human resources, according to Bergman.
  • Warehaus also promoted Danielle Lee to director of creative services and operations. Lee (below right) has been at Warehaus for 14 years, the last five as art director.
  • Warehaus was part of Kinsley Enterprises. But the firm was purchased earlier this year by two of its leaders.

WHO'S FILLING IN: UPMC Community Life Team. The EMS arm of the Pittsburgh-based health system has taken over emergency services in Newberry Township, York County. The service had been run by the local fire company but it ran into staffing issues, according to abc27.
  • The UPMC team will be housed at the Newberry Township municipal building, according to Mark Knaub, operations manager and deputy chief for the UPMC Community Life Team.
  • Staffing has been a challenge for EMS companies, one that predates the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHAT'S RELOCATING: One of two family medicine offices for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in the Ephrata area. Family Medicine Lincoln has opened a new, larger office at 101 Larkspur Lane in Clay Township, leaving behind its office at 1635 W. Main St. in Ephrata borough.
  • The Larkspur Lane office measures 15,500 square feet and has more parking, as well as a larger waiting room and registration area.
  • The practice, which has five doctors and three advanced practice providers, will keep its second office at 1261 Division Highway in Earl Township.

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