Parker Appeals to State Leaders to Fix School Funding

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) today called on state leaders to distribute the Commonwealth's $412 million revenue surplus to the 180 Pennsylvania school districts that are annually underfunded by more than $1 billion every year due to the outdated and inequitable “hold harmless” funding formula.

Tobash Responds to Governor’s Veto of Public Pension Reform

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure that would establish a hybrid 401(K)-type and cash balance pension plan for future state and school employees. Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin), a long-time advocate of public pension reform, issued the following statement in regard to the governor’s announcement:

Local Legislators to Discuss State Budget Impasse

Jul. 09, 2015 /

WHAT: State Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) and Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) will hold a news conference to answer questions about the current budget stalemate, as well as address Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the liquor privatization and pension reform bills.

House Passes a Budget That Makes Sense for Pennsylvania

Jul. 09, 2015 /

Recently, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania passed a General Fund budget which fully meets the many responsibilities of our state government without raising taxes on the working people and retirees of the Commonwealth. It increases preK-12 education spending by $370 million to a record $11 billion, including an increase of $25 million for pre-K programs alone.

Governor’s Decision to Veto Liquor Privatization Makes Bad Business Sense

Jul. 08, 2015 /

The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently sent Gov. Tom Wolf legislation, that I co-sponsored, which would have gradually removed government from the sale of wine and spirits. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed this pro-consumer legislation for reasons that do not make much economic sense.

House Passes a Budget That Makes Sense for Pennsylvania

Jul. 08, 2015 /

Recently, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania passed a General Fund budget which fully meets the many responsibilities of our state government without raising taxes on the working people and retirees of the Commonwealth. It increases preK-12 education spending by $370 million to a record $11 billion, including an increase of $25 million for pre-K programs alone.

A Budget That Works, A Governor’s Failure to Lead

Jul. 07, 2015 /

On June 30, I was privileged to cast my first budget vote to fund the core functions of Pennsylvania state government. If I had to write the budget myself, perhaps it would have been somewhat different, but then again it’s probably a good thing that no one individual has that power entirely unto oneself.

Government That Works

Jul. 02, 2015 /

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf finally unveiled how the “historic investment in education” that has been a cornerstone of his campaign would be distributed, and it isn’t good news for York County.

Boback Says Background Check Clarifications Now Law

Jul. 02, 2015 /

HARRISBURG - Clarification changes have been made to the state’s new law regarding background clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children, said Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming).

Governor’s Veto Threat Leaves State Budget Unresolved

Jul. 02, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) said members of the General Assembly worked hard to pass a balanced, no-tax increase budget for the citizens of Pennsylvania that funds the core functions of state government and provides record levels of education funding, yet Gov. Tom Wolf said he will not sign it. Wolf has vetoed the entire budget – the first time a governor has dismissed a budget outright since the mid-1970s.

Watson Says Background Check Clarifications Now Law

Jul. 01, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Effective immediately, clarification changes have been made to the state’s new law regarding background clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children, said Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th), author of the legislation.

Tobash Proudly Supports Pennsylvania’s Public Pension Reform Measure

Jul. 01, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting in favor of a meaningful public pension reform measure on Tuesday that would establish a hybrid 401(K)-type and cash balance pension plan for future state and school employees.