York County House Republicans Blast Governor For Budget Delay, Continued Pursuit of Tax Increases

Jul. 10, 2015 /

YORK TOWNSHIP – Supported by House members from three neighboring counties, members of the York County House Republican delegation today called out Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference at the York County School of Technology for his the role in the current budget standoff. The event took place 10 days after the General Assembly sent to Wolf’s desk a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that increased school funding without the need to raise taxes, and one day after the governor’s veto of much-needed pension reform legislation (Senate Bill 1).

Senate, House Leaders Dismayed by Governor Wolf’s Planned Pension Veto

Jul. 09, 2015 /

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-16), Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) have issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s planned veto of pension reform legislation:

Lancaster GOP Delegation Encourages the Governor to Pursue Realistic Education Budget Priorities

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Continuing his campaign-style tactics to leverage public support for his $12.7 billion in new taxes—which didn’t gain a single vote on the House floor, today Gov. Tom Wolf visited Hambright Elementary School in Lancaster. The Lancaster County House Republican delegation implores the governor to stop wasting time discussing a plan that has no support and instead focus on coming to an agreement that represents the needs of the Commonwealth’s taxpayers and students.

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to the 180 Pennsylvania school districts that are annually underfunded by more than $1 billion every year due to the outdated and inequitable “hold harmless” funding formula.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.