Everett, Wheeland Vote Against Tax Increases

Oct. 07, 2015 /

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:

Gov. Wolf’s Latest Spending Plan Defeated by House, Staats Says

Oct. 07, 2015 /

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.

Christiana: Wolf Severance Tax Proposal Would Crush Industry

Oct. 06, 2015 /

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:

Toohil Issues Statement on State Decision to Downgrade License of Luzerne County Children and Youth Office

Oct. 06, 2015 /

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.

Ag Committee Approves Diamond Industrial Hemp Bill

Oct. 06, 2015 /

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.

It’s Time For a Change

Oct. 05, 2015 /

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.

Simmons Challenges Governor to Explain His Tax Plan

Oct. 02, 2015 /

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.

Knowles Honors Two Hometown Heroes at Orwigsburg Highway Dedication Ceremonies

Oct. 02, 2015 /

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.

Even When We Agree, We Can’t Agree That We Agree

Oct. 02, 2015 /

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.

Bill Would Help Families Going Through Divorce

Oct. 02, 2015 /

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.