MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (85th District) issued the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf’s tax package expected to raise $5.2 billion over two years and includes a $3.5 billion increase in the Personal Income Tax and expansion of the Sales Tax coupled with various other tax increases:
Gov. Tom Wolf finally made a counter proposal to the Republican controlled legislature offer from mid-August.
HARRISBURG – Legislative language drafted by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) to protect the integrity of Commonwealth politics by improving the filing system for lobbyists and increasing the consequences for violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act was passed unanimously by the House State Government Committee today.
YORK – State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) visited Glatfelter’s Spring Grove paper mill facility to celebrate Manufacturer’s Day in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – In an attempt to improve Pennsylvania’s legal system and economy, House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) moved legislation to promote commerce divisions of the Superior Court and Courts of Common Pleas during the Judiciary Committee’s scheduled weekly voting meeting.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny), a third-term member of the House of Representatives, would like to accept Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent invitation to have a conversation on the budget in order to make progress and come to a real solution to end the budget crisis.
When discussing the state budget, numbers can be overwhelming. At the heart of the current impasse, however, is a very basic equation that comes into play for everything from a simple bridge re-naming to a complex fiscal note – 102 plus 26 plus 1. Every bill that becomes law must receive a majority of votes in the House (a minimum of 102), a majority of votes in the Senate (a minimum of 26) and one governor’s signature.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to move the state budget talks past the current stalemate, House and Senate Republican leaders today announced a vote on Gov. Tom Wolf’s full and latest tax package proposal will take place in the House on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) was selected by his colleagues to serve as the House chairman of the Government Reform Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators working to develop and promote legislation to reform state government.
HARRISBURG – The House has approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) that would allow Pennsylvania bed and breakfasts that do not possess a liquor license to provide a complimentary bottle of wine to overnight guests.
HARRISBURG – Today in Harrisburg, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) convened a meeting of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus to discuss the history of the Tobacco Settlement Fund and Pennsylvania’s success using those dollars to fund groundbreaking cancer research in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – As part of continuing action to combat the nation’s growing drug epidemic, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, to empower the secretary of the Department of Health to add new substances to the list of controlled substances used to manufacture illegal drugs.
WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) will be visiting the Maris Grove Community to share details of Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax hike plan. Barrar will explain how Wolf’s proposed sales tax expansion and increase will affect senior citizens in Pennsylvania. He will also share information regarding the impact fee (or tax) currently imposed on the natural gas industry.
There has been much discussion about the state budget. As State Legislators representing our respective districts, we felt it appropriate to offer a few key facts and a timeline of what has transpired.
WHAT: The House Local Government Committee, chaired by Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), and the House Urban Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), will conduct a public hearing to discuss the growing challenges of municipal pension funding. According to the Pennsylvania Municipal League, underfunded municipal pensions are a statewide problem. The total unfunded liability carried by taxpayers for municipal pensions is nearly $8 billion, and 66 of the state’s 67 counties are home to at least one community with a pension plan under a high level of financial stress. The hearing will seek to better evaluate the challenges facing specific municipalities and to explore legislative options to address these challenges.
YORK – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was approved in the House Judiciary Committee today, would improve Pennsylvania’s business climate by authorizing the creation of specialized commerce courts in the Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas.
HARRISBURG – Today, in a unanimous vote, the House Judiciary Committee supported House Bill 623. The bill, introduced by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), would prohibit prosecutors from recommending, and the court from ordering, accelerated rehabilitative disposition, or ARD as it is more commonly known, for a person charged with certain child sex offenses. These include rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or aggravated indecent assault.
HARRISBURG- Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the Legislature’s emergency funding bill. The bill would have provided critical funding for school districts and human service agencies retroactively to July 1 through Oct. 31.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf today vetoed emergency funding legislation that would have eased financial stress on human service providers and public schools statewide. The move prevents distribution of approximately $11 billion that would have carried Pennsylvania through the month of October.
HARRISBURG – House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) recently appointed Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) to the statewide Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board.