HARRISBURG- Last week, legislation sponsored by State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) to help pharmacy customers in border communities, was signed into law by the governor. The legislation, now Act 43 of 2015, extends protections to Pennsylvania residents who use out-of-state pharmacies that regularly do business with customers from the Commonwealth.
During Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor, he proposed a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf submitted his tax package to the House of Representatives for an up-or-down vote. He proposed a 16 percent increase in the Personal Income Tax and an effective 14 percent tax rate on natural gas drillers which would have raised approximately $1.4 billion.
HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Mifflin) legislation to protect children from sexual offenders received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HARRISBURG- The York County House Delegation applauds the state Senate for consideration and passage of Senate Bill 501, legislation that would prevent the collection of money to be used for political contributions from a public employee’s paycheck.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) was recently appointed to serve on the House Gaming Oversight Committee, which has legislative oversight of local small games of chance and bingo, local disbursement of casino gambling revenues, and the operations and regulations of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly sent Gov. Tom Wolf a no-tax-increase, balanced budget on June 30, which was the deadline for a budget to be in place for the 2015-16 fiscal year; yet, here we are in October with still no budget agreement. What happened?
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, participated in a joint informational meeting with both the House and Senate veterans committees held in conjunction with a visit of one of the president’s important military advisors. During his visit to the Capitol, Gen. Frank J. Grass, a four star general, provided the committees with valuable information relating to the National Guard and the structure of the force.
HARRISBURG – House Bill 323 sponsored by State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was passed by the House of Representatives this week. The legislation would improve Pennsylvania’s business climate by authorizing the creation of specialized commerce courts in the Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas across the Commonwealth.
For the past several months, a task force made up of 14 members of the House, including myself, has been working diligently on a report designed to make recommendations on legalizing medical cannabis in Pennsylvania to the General Assembly. I am happy to report the recommendations have been submitted for review and to be prepared for legislation to be offered to both chambers in the Capitol.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery) issued the following statement this week after the state House voted to reject Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest proposal to increase state income taxes:
WHAT: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) will host a press conference to discuss the importance of his recently introduced anti-hazing legislation, House Bill 1574.
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) joined the majority of his House colleagues today in turning aside Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to raise taxes by $3.8 billion over two years. In pursuing what would have been the largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history, the governor proposed increasing the Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent and imposing an estimated 14 percent total severance tax that included 3.5 percent on natural gas drillers and an additional 4.7 cents per 1,000 cubic feet (equal to an additional 5 percent tax) on top of the existing impact fee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) joined the majority of her colleagues in the state House today as they voted against the broad-based taxes contained in Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan that would have resulted in billions of dollars of taxes for residents of the Commonwealth by raising the Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 16 percent. The House vote was 127 to 73.
HARRISBURG – Following the defeat of Gov. Tom Wolf’s billion-dollar tax proposal, Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware) today issued this statement:
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Wind Gap) joined the majority of her House colleagues Wednesday in defeating Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to raise taxes by $3.8 billion over two years. In pursuing what would have been the largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history, the governor proposed increasing the Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent and imposing an estimated 14 per cent total severance tax when factoring in the existing impact fee.
HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) joined the majority of her House colleagues in voting “no” against drastically raising taxes on Pennsylvania families. Following the vote, Brown issued the statement below:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today joined the majority of his colleagues in the House in defeating Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax hikes, which would have primarily impacted middle-class families and small businesses with a 16 percent increase in the Personal Income Tax.
HARRISBURG – Today, Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) joined his colleagues in the House in defeating Gov. Tom Wolf’s $3.8 billion tax hike, which included a 16 percent Personal Income Tax increase on the working people of Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today voted against a 16 percent tax hike on working people and small businesses, and called for Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators in Harrisburg to get serious about ending the impasse with real, responsible solutions that reduce the cost of government.