HARRISBURG – The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), heard testimony Wednesday reaffirming the potentially devastating economic impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal on working families across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The Senate today approved legislation authored by Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) that would have the Pennsylvania National Guard assist with the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). The PLCB was accompanied by the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of the Pennsylvania State Police. Here are the key takeaways from the day: Bridge tolling proposal sparked significant debate.....
HARRISBURG – During House Appropriations Committee budget hearings this morning, Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) asked PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian about the department’s plans to toll nine bridges in the Commonwealth, including the I-79 bridge at the Bridgeville exit.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was troubled to learn the Pennsylvania Department of Aging took action to block the release of documents to a federally empaneled grand jury looking into an unusually high rate of COVID-19 related deaths at a nursing home in western Pennsylvania. The revelation from Secretary of Aging Robert Torres came to light during state budget hearings conducted by the House Appropriations Committee currently underway in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG—Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) will introduce legislation with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to establish safe patient limits under the care of an individual nurse in Pennsylvania hospitals. The legislation will be known as the Patient Safety Act.
When Gov. Tom Wolf gave his second to last budget address earlier this month, it reminded me of his first budget address when he proposed a complete overhaul of the Commonwealth’s tax structure to take more of your money to drastically increase government expenditures.
HARRISBURG – In questioning the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell during today’s House budget hearings, Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and McDonnell found common ground when the secretary acknowledged that proper natural gas development has indeed been beneficial to the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Here are the key takeaways from the day: Now is certainly not the time to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians who are already struggling.....
HARRISBURG — Today, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 29 co-sponsors introduced House Resolution 56 calling for the impeachment of Gov. Tom Wolf.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) today rejected the decision to delay opening Philadelphia’s public schools as another sign there is no effective plan to return children to class following the shutdowns caused by COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) has been appointed to serve as chairman of the executive board for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) issued the following statement opposing a proposal by the Wolf administration to charge tolls for the use of nine bridges across the Commonwealth, including one on Interstate 79 in Allegheny County.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) has announced his appointment to the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) for the 2021-22 Legislative Session by House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster).
HARRISBURG – As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) is taking part in hearings at the state Capitol on the Wolf administration’s 2021-22 budget proposal.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s announcement that tens of thousands of second doses of the Moderna vaccine were recently administered as first doses by mistake, resulting in a vaccination delay for more than 100,000 Pennsylvania residents.
HARRISBURG – Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) has announced the appointment of Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) to serve on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council for the 2021-22 Legislative Session.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) met Thursday with Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid to express his continued frustration with the department’s failures that put a constitutional amendment on hold.
HARRISBURG – Today the House Appropriations Committee heard from the Department of Corrections and the Department of State. Here are the key takeaways from the day:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. She is working to create a responsible budget that limits state spending and does not raise any taxes. Mihalek issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget and what she is proposing instead: