While I have much respect for my colleague, state Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), I feel it is necessary to correct several inaccuracies in her recent commentary (Guest Opinion, July 7).
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.
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.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and many House Republican colleagues joined together today to condemn Gov. Tom Wolf for his veto of House Bill 466, the liquor privatization measure that would increase revenues for the state without raising taxes on Pennsylvania’s workers, families and businesses.
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).
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.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) has been appointed to Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.
HARRISBURG—The House has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to help those living in condominiums and cooperative associations. It now moves to the Senate.
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.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester) joined colleagues in passing legislation that will help families facing the financial challenge of caring for individuals with disabilities.
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.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the $30.18 billion budget passed by the House and Senate also eliminated the fair education funding formula and school reimbursement reform passed by both chambers, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) today expressed his extreme disappointment after the governor announced his veto of the 2015-16 budget package, which includes additional funding for education, human services and public safety, while holding the line on overall spending and not increasing taxes on working families and job creators.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined colleagues in passing legislation to help families facing the financial stress of caring for individuals with disabilities.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) has circulated a co-sponsorship memo requesting support for House Resolution 420, which calls for a full examination of the role of the judiciary in the formulation of public policy:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) tonight joined her colleagues in a vote to reform Pennsylvania’s archaic liquor and wines sales system. Both houses of the General Assembly passed House Bill 466, sending it to the governor for his signature.
HARRISBURG – Calling it a historic day in Pennsylvania, Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) voted with the majority to send three major pieces of legislation to the governor, including the 2015-16 state budget, public pension reform and liquor privatization.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, which would shift state and public school employees hired after Jan. 1, 2016, from a defined benefit plan to a hybrid 401(k)-style and cash balance plan for current and future employees, was passed today by the House on a predominantly party-line vote.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today voted with the majority of his House colleagues to approve legislation (Senate Bill 1) that would reform Pennsylvania’s pension systems.
HARRISBURG – The state House today voted in favor of a bill that would privatize the Commonwealth’s liquor system (House Bill 466), according to York County House Republican state Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township). The members issued the following statement: