Kaufer Appointed Public Higher Education Funding Commission

Aug. 22, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration and operations.

The Issues Facing Property Tax Reform

Aug. 21, 2019 / Press Release

For years, if not decades, people have urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to come up with a viable solution for relief from school property taxes that are forcing senior citizens out of their homes. But their appeals appeared to fall on deaf ears. Believe me, I know the frustration as I was one of those people asking my elected officials to fix this problem.

Ryan Proposes School Property Tax Elimination Act

Aug. 20, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) unveiled his proposal to eliminate school property taxes at a Capitol press conference today. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of all school property taxes. The entire press conference can be viewed on Ryan’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RepFrankRyan.

Hahn Appointed to Property Tax Working Group

Aug. 16, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – As a former legislative staff member and nearly five-term member of the Legislature, state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township) has been on the front lines of the property tax debate. For that reason, she has been appointed to serve on a School Property Tax Working Group that met Monday for the second time. The group consists of House and Senate members from both sides of the aisle.

Ag Committees Discuss Animal Health, Biosecurity, Causer Says

Aug. 14, 2019 /

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – The Commonwealth’s efforts to protect the state’s food supply through animal health and biosecurity initiatives was the focus of a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday during Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days.

Toohil Applauds Wolf’s Creation of Child Advocate Position

Aug. 07, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.

Altoona to Host House Transportation Hearing, Schmitt Says

Aug. 05, 2019 /

ALTOONA – Blair County will play host to a House Transportation Committee public hearing later this month, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), a member of the committee and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, announced today. The hearing is slated to be held at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 9th Ave. in Altoona, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. The Transportation Committee is also scheduled to tour the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Juniata shops in Altoona on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Warner to Serve on State House Infrastructure Task Force

Jul. 24, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) has been appointed to a newly formed task force charged with outlining the next steps to ensure the Commonwealth’s transportation and infrastructure systems are ready for future economic growth.

Mizgorski Appointed to New Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force

Jul. 23, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) has been selected to join the newly appointed House Republican transportation and infrastructure task force. The task force will work to determine the next phases of infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate the demands of expanding industries and a growing economy without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers.

Heffley, Polinchock Named to Drug Recovery Study Task Force

Jul. 23, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) have been appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as members of a legislative task force that will conduct a study on “warm handoff to treatment” for individuals in Pennsylvania struggling with drug addiction.