I was, I think along with many of you, at least hopeful with the tone of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s February budget address to our state. The governor promised greater unity in our government, pledging he would personally help bridge the gap between our divided legislature. Sadly, Gov. Shapiro has not held up his end of the bargain on a promise he made.
Child social media influencers can earn as much as $100 per 1,000 followers, yet Pennsylvania does not have a law to protect them from exploitation. I’m working to change that.
To hear Gov. Josh Shapiro talk, a state budget is in place and all is well at the Capitol. He’s been crisscrossing the state the last couple weeks bragging about “historic” investments in everything from education and economic development to public safety.
Pennsylvania is contending with ongoing outmigration and falling population as residents leave the Commonwealth in search of new opportunities for their families. With our total population loss ranking as the fourth highest in the nation, the loss of residents, their talent and their resources has been detrimental to our state economy, finances and culture. Between 2019-20, the Commonwealth experienced a $1.2 billion economic loss due to outmigration alone.
If there is anything that should promote unity and non-partisan work among government officials, it’s the education of our children. Instead, education has become the center of many of our partisan battles. This year felt different, almost hopeful, especially following a dramatic court ruling that essentially handed down a directive that we need to revamp our educational system in Pennsylvania so every child has access to a high-quality education.
HARRISBURG –Rep. Jill Cooper (R-Westmoreland) will soon introduce legislation that would suspend compensation to state officials when Harrisburg fails to pass a budget before July 1.
One of our biggest responsibilities as a Legislature is passing a budget for each fiscal year so our core services can receive proper funding.
We welcome thousands of visitors each year to the many sights and attractions here in Carbon County. For some residents, this is an opportunity to host out-of-town families – either as an Airbnb or a VRBO (vacation rental by owner).
Imagine sitting in a car dealership and feeling pretty good about negotiating a great deal on a new-to-you used car. Strong valuation of your trade-in, low interest rate, and even some nice “freebies” thrown in by the dealership. The salesman has all the terms ready for you to sign, but suddenly gets a call to head to the back office. After returning, he slides the agreement across his desk, ready for your signature.
In government, as in life, a person who cannot keep their word is a person not worth trusting.
Editorial by Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland)
The abuse of executive power by both parties and at all levels of government must stop. The recent unprecedented increase of these executive orders not only concentrates too much power into the hands of a single person, but it also effectively silences the voice of the people and stifles freedom.
If you thought the Democratic Party was done manipulating our election laws through the Pennsylvania Court system, think again. Last year, the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit requesting six changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rendered a verdict less than two months before the 2020 General Election. The decision made five major changes to our election laws:
The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act, approved in committee just recently vastly improves Pennsylvania’s election process that the last few election cycles prove are ripe with problems, some of which disenfranchise voters.
Pennsylvania’s farmers know what it is like to face a challenge. Supply chain, international market fluctuations and the weather can impact decisions every day and sometimes every hour. A “disaster” to a farmer can arrive in many different forms, none of which need to be declared by the government.
Pennsylvanians have rightly asked for bipartisanship in its government’s response to COVID-19 and the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in particular, has delivered.
Gov. Tom Wolf once again is pushing his fiscally irresponsible, job-crushing Restore PA proposal. He wants to borrow $4.5 billion at a cost to the taxpayers of $6.5 billion in principal, interest and fees. This debt-financed “boondoggle” is to be allocated at the whim of a new government board and paid for by yet another job-killing tax on natural gas production. Keep in mind, the state already imposes an impact fee on natural gas production and levies business taxes on these employers.
Folks don’t see or hear about very many “win-win” stories when it comes to politics.
Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) is joining with his Common Sense Caucus colleagues in expressing extreme disappointment regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent vetoes of three bills that would have dramatically reduced the state’s debt, required the Department of Human Services to institute work requirements, and expanded career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for students across Pennsylvania.
Editorial by Representative Bryan Cutler
PA House Republican Whip
With Pennsylvania’s sole gubernatorial debate having come and gone, most people are likely wondering what statements being made are true or false. Fact checking is always an important step in the political process, which is ongoing around the Commonwealth. The governor and his campaign are highlighting as many positives that occurred during his term in office as they can. They should, as things are legitimately better today than two and three years ago.