HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks/Lancaster) was pleased today in Harrisburg to hear Pennsylvania’s governor talk about the important issue of property taxes during his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jack Rader Jr. (R-Monroe) issued a statement today after the unveiling of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget includes spending of $33.8 billion, representing an increase in spending of 16 percent over this fiscal year. In his statement, Rader said:
HARRISBURG – Following the governor’s first budget address to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) today expressed her concerns about the high level of spending and numerous tax increases on working families included in the plan.
HARRISBURG – Citing concern over the 16 percent spending increase represented by Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal, Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) urges citizens to speak out against the plan. The governor unveiled his $33.8 billion budget blueprint today before a joint session of the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – For the second session in a row, a proposal to prevent non-compliant Megan’s Law sex offenders from receiving welfare benefits in Pennsylvania received unanimous passage on the House floor, said Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland).
HARRISBURG— Yesterday, on the eve of the governor’s state budget address, Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) joined several concerned state lawmakers and small business advocates to highlight the negative impact potential tax increases could have on small businesses and job creation in Pennsylvania. A small business owner himself, Ortitay contributed to ta roundtable discussion and acknowledged his support for pro-job, pro-growth policies.
Watch it live! A live Web stream of this press conference can be viewed at PAHouseGOP.com starting approximately 30 minutes after the governor’s budget address ends.
HARRISBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) to increase the rights of crime victims to be present during criminal courtroom proceedings was approved by the House of Representatives today.
Lawmaker expressed concerns on behalf of York County businesses
HARRISBURG – House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was pleased that his legislation to increase public safety by requiring courts to impose a mandatory three-year probation period to immediately follow the convictions of serious sex offenders passed unanimously through the House today.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today voted to approve legislation, authored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), which seeks to expand reporting requirements regarding individuals who have been categorized as sexually violent predators.
HARRISBURG – On the eve of a budget address by Gov. Tom Wolf that is rumored to include a number of tax increases, state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) today voted to advance House Bill 472, the Taxpayer Protection Act. This legislation, which passed the State Government Committee on a party-line vote, would promote responsible management of taxpayer dollars through restrictions on state government spending.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Krieger’s (R-Delmont) Taxpayer Protection Act (House Bill 472), that would constitutionally control the future growth of state government spending, was advanced by the House State Government Committee today for consideration on the House floor.
HARRISBURG — Less than 24 hours before the governor’s annual budget address, the PA House State Government Committee successfully advanced the Taxpayer Protection Act (House 472), that would Constitutionally limit the future growth of state government spending, to the House floor for consideration.
WHAT: Press event with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to discuss the necessity of protecting Marcellus Shale-related jobs.
Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) this week in Harrisburg met Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Stacia Hylton and U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin J. Pane during their visit to the state Capitol. Hylton and Pane were part of a large team – along with other U.S. Marshals, Pennsylvania State Police officers and other law enforcement personnel – who worked together to track down and arrest Eric Frein. The Marshals involved received a House citation honoring their work. Frein hid in the woods for weeks after allegedly killing one Pennsylvania State Police officer and seriously wounding another Pennsylvania State Police Officer in September 2014.
HARRISBURG -- A bill authored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) aimed at improving charter and cyber education in Pennsylvania was passed by the House Education Committee on Wednesday.
HARRISBURG – The House today voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) aimed at reforming the way alcoholic beverages are sold in Pennsylvania. This fiscally responsible and consumer-driven wine and spirits privatization legislation would end the post-Prohibition state store system put in place by Pennsylvania’s then pro-temperance governor, Gifford Pinchot.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined his colleagues on the House Education Committee to unanimously pass House Resolution 102, which will establish the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness.
HARRISBURG – Citing concern over the increasing inefficiency of the state-owned liquor store system, Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) today joined a majority of her colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving legislation that would turn the sale of wine and spirits over to private enterprise. Helm is a co-sponsor of House Bill 466, which now heads to the Senate for consideration. Similar legislation was approved by the House during the 2013-14 session but the Senate failed to take action.