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.

Nesbit Disappointed with Governor’s Budget Veto

Jul. 01, 2015 /

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.

Maloney Votes to Approve Historic Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 30, 2015 /

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.

House Passes Historic Liquor Privatization

Jun. 30, 2015 /

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: