HARRISBURG — Rep. Warren Kampf (Chester/Montgomery) was in attendance today for Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to the Phoenixville Middle School where the governor was attempting to rally support for his massive tax increase.
A year ago this week, I wrote a column, titled “Push for Pension Reform Must Continue,” in which I explained my support for a pension reform proposal that would have moved elected officials, including current and future legislators, out of their current defined benefit retirement plans and into defined contribution, or 401(k)-type pension plans. The vast majority of individuals in the private sector have defined contribution plans, while those who work in the public sector have much more generous defined benefit plans. I argued that elected officials needed to lead by example by switching to defined contribution plans.
WHAT: Local Reps. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) and Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will hold a news conference to answer questions about the current budget stalemate, along with its expected impact on local social services.
WHAT: House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sandra Major (R-Montrose), along with Reps. Rosemary Brown (R-East Stroudsburg), Jack Rader (R-Reeders) and David Parker (R-East Stroudsburg) will hold a news conference to speak about the current budget stalemate, along with its expected impact on local social services.
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) called on Gov. Tom Wolf to end the campaign for higher taxes on Pennsylvanians and return to the negotiation table.
HARRISBURG-- Following the heartbreaking death of Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) announced he will co-sponsor legislation to require state and local law enforcement agencies to comply with federal law and cooperate with federal immigration officials.
The recent state budget approved by the General Assembly and sent to the governor would have achieved the goals of being balanced and keeping spending to a minimum while dedicating record funding for education without any new or increased taxes.
HARRISBURG – To ensure that beneficiaries are made aware of any life insurance benefits owed to them, Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) authored legislation which would require insurance companies to compare their in-force life insurance policies with the U.S. Social Security Death Master File (DMF) to identify matches. The House passed the legislation unanimously with bipartisan support.
HARRISBURG — Yesterday, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) reintroduced his House Resolution calling for the impeachment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
BEDFORD -The House today voted in favor of legislation intended to increase cooperation between state agencies, in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls which lead to financial exploitation, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) said.
HARRISBURG – Following the tragic deaths of five military personnel at two military installations in Tennessee last week, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) urges Gov. Tom Wolf to issue an executive order to allow Pennsylvania National Guard recruiters and personnel to carry firearms in the performance of their duties.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) blasted the Wolf administration for its smear campaign against state lawmakers who oppose the massive income and sales tax hikes contained in the Wolf budget plan.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) have urged Attorney General Kathleen Kane to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, according to a letter sent to the attorney general.
We are three weeks into an unnecessary budget stalemate. By vetoing a responsible spending plan, Gov. Tom Wolf is withholding billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, since two-thirds of the line items in that plan distributed either the same or more money than he requested. While the governor does have line-item veto power, he chose to veto the entire plan, something that has not happened in more than 40 years. Does this sound like “working with the Legislature” to you? It doesn’t sound that way to me either.
WEST CHESTER – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin/Lebanon), which would prevent Pennsylvania municipalities from enacting housing ordinances that discriminate against college students, Monday was the focus of a public hearing conducted by the House Local Government Committee in West Chester. Committee co-chairs, Reps. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Robert Freeman (D-Northampton), led the hearing, which was held at the West Chester Borough Building.
HARRISBURG – In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Beaver County today as part of his continued statewide campaign to defend his $12.7 billion tax increase plan, state Reps. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver/Washington) released the following statement urging the governor to put politics aside and join legislative leaders at the negotiating table:
WHAT: In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s scheduled rally for higher taxes and state spending in Beaver County, State Reps. Jim Christiana (R-15) and Jim Marshall (R-14) invite local taxpayers, business owners, workers and citizens to join them in a rally to ensure Pennsylvania’s economy remains competitive and urge the governor to begin working on a budget that works for all Pennsylvanians.
HARRISBURG – House Appropriations Chairman William F. Adolph, Jr. (R-Delaware) said “Governor Wolf has tried to justify his unnecessary, knee-jerk veto of the state budget by saying it was necessary to achieve his goal of imposing a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania to fund education.”
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) and his fellow lawmakers today sent an open letter to Pennsylvania taxpayers urging them to call Gov. Tom Wolf and tell him to stop his misguided plan to tax middle class families who are already struggling to make ends meet. The text of the letter follows:
Recently, our colleague, Rep. Kevin Schreiber detailed in an op-ed the “noble efforts” of Gov. Tom Wolf to compromise on a final budget. In what turned out to be a fanciful version of current events, our colleague left out a few important details.