HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) and Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Lycoming) today issued this statement on the income and severance tax increase amendment that was voted down by the House:
HARRISBURG – To improve government transparency, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) drafted legislation that would enable the Ethics Commission to more fully address lobbying violations. The House passed the bill unanimously today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Adam Harris (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) today voted against a measure considered and rejected by the state House that would have increased the state Personal Income Tax by 16 percent. The House vote was 73 to 127.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) voted, along with House Republicans and several House Democrats, to defeat Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax increase proposal this afternoon. The governor’s latest spending plan included a Personal Income Tax increase and a severance tax on natural gas. Staats issued the following statement.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver/Washington) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest severance tax proposal, which is expected to be included as part of a tax package expected for a vote in the state House Wednesday:
HARRISBURG – The House today gave its overwhelming approval to legislation sponsored by Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) that would require unannounced inspections of Pennsylvania child care centers.
HARRISBURG – The House State Government Committee today advanced legislation authored by state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) that would prevent future employees of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) from enrolling in the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). The bill may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today said she will be seeking legislative oversight of the Luzerne County Children and Youth Agency in the wake of the state’s decision to downgrade its license. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services changed the county office to a provisional license following an investigation into the death of a child earlier this year.
HARISBURG—Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) held a press conference today to urge action on a bill he’s introduced to establish the offense of female mutilation.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation introduced by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) that would create an agricultural pilot program for industrial hemp research. The measure now advances to the House floor.
Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36th Senatorial District) and Rep. Mindy Fee (R-37th House District) today announced that they have introduced legislation to statutorily create Pennsylvania’s Office of Inspector General to provide for the office’s appointment, term, power and duties.
WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will meet to consider the following bills:
WHAT: Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) will join students from Lafayette College to discuss their research on female genital mutilation and Murt’s legislation to criminalize the act.
For all the things you’ve heard about what is wrong in Harrisburg – from efforts to raise income and sales taxes, to the need for systemic public pension reform – there is one issue that has been hidden for too long by the politicians but has a huge impact on every taxpayer and citizen in our state.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) today issued a challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf to publically explain his 2015-16 budget proposal and the tax increases included in it. The governor’s latest plan is to raise the Personal Income Tax from 3.07 percent to 3.49 percent and to expand the Sales and Use Tax (6 percent) to include a number of services not currently taxed.
TAMAQUA – On Friday, portions of area highways were dedicated in honor of two Orwigsburg natives who were each killed in the line of duty while defending their country, said Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill). These highways were dedicated as a result of a new law, inspired by House Bills 834 and 441, authored by Knowles.
MEADVILLE – With a rally scheduled today at 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Erie to push for the enactment of a state budget in Harrisburg, state Rep. Brad Roae (R-Erie/Crawford) issued the following statement:
In light of the recent passing of Yogi Berra, a phrase came to mind that seemed to come straight from Berra’s mouth and which perfectly describes our budget impasse: Even when we agree, we can’t agree that we agree.
Legislation I am sponsoring in the state House of Representatives would reduce the waiting time to obtain a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania and lessen the emotional strain on families involved in the legal proceeding.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee, and Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), chairman of the House Local Government Committee, held a joint public hearing on legislation to address the mounting pension debt threatening municipalities across the Commonwealth.