Cox Pleased Property Taxes Highlighted in Governor’s Budget

Mar. 03, 2015 /

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.

Rader Issues Statement on Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Mar. 03, 2015 /

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:

Wolf Budget Proposal Does Not Reflect Values of Pennsylvania, Says McGinnis

Mar. 03, 2015 /

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.

Ortitay Voices Small Business Concerns in Harrisburg

Mar. 03, 2015 /

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.

House Moves Legislation to Mandate Probation for the Most Dangerous Sex Offenders

Mar. 02, 2015 /

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.

Phillips-Hill Backs Bill to Restrict Government Spending

Mar. 02, 2015 /

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.

Krieger Taxpayer Protection Act Approved for House Consideration

Mar. 02, 2015 /

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.

Jozwiak Meets with U.S. Marshals Who Helped to Capture Frein

Feb. 27, 2015 /

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.

Bill to Allow Private Sales of Wine and Liquor Clears House, Heads to Senate

Feb. 27, 2015 /

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.

Helm Votes to End Pennsylvania’s Inefficient Liquor Store System

Feb. 26, 2015 /

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.