HARRISBURG – Working to support Pennsylvania taxpayers, state Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today stood with his colleagues from the House and Senate in championing the introduction of legislation to constitutionally control the future growth of state government spending.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) voiced support today at a Capitol news conference for legislation that would allow Pennsylvania voters to amend the state constitution to rein in government spending.
WHAT: Announcement concerning a new initiative of the House Education Committee on Technical Education and Workforce Readiness.
HARRISBURG – Just over one week before the governor’s annual budget address, Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) officially introduced his Taxpayer Protection Act (House Bill 472), that would constitutionally control the future growth of state government spending.
HARRISBURG – The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC), chaired by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland), today voted to accept the audit report of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s finances for the 2013-14 fiscal year as conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm.
WHAT: Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland), chairman of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC), and other LAAC members will meet to review and accept the 2014 audit.
HARRISBURG – The House Education Committee met this week to hold a public hearing and take testimony from witnesses on House Bill 177 and House Bill 168. Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and committee members heard from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania School Board Association and the Pennsylvania Business Council.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) recently introduced legislation to create a Marcellus Shale Health Registry. The bill was introduced as House Bill 252.
WHAT: In response to recent comments by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who boastfully announced his intentions to poach Pennsylvania jobs, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, will host a hearing tomorrow, Feb. 18, to discuss the general business climate facing Pennsylvania’s businesses. York County business owners and statewide business associations will provide testimony to the committee on state taxes and regulations, how to improve the state’s business climate and how to attract new business.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) has called on Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his decision to place a moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week held a public hearing on his plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 911 Emergency Telephone Act to adapt it to changing technology and adjust the surcharge fee to allow for maintenance of the emergency system.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) today offered his thoughts on the governor’s proposal to implement a high severance tax on the Marcellus Shale reserves in Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG – This week, Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) was appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to serve as the House majority member of the Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), chairman of the House Gas and Oil Caucus, today offered her thoughts on the governor’s proposal to levy a severance tax on all natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth:
HARRISBURG – House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) today announced that Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) will serve as the secretary of the House Education Committee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) was named a member of the House Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education by Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York). He will serve with three other members.
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of his severance tax proposal today.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today released his proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. The plan would impose a 5 percent across-the-board tax on the value of natural gas extracted in Pennsylvania, plus 4.7 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of gas sold. The delegation is open to revisiting how Pennsylvania taxes its natural gas industry, including a possible severance tax. But, this proposal is very similar to former Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2010 severance tax proposal, which was introduced as House Bill 1489 and never garnered approval of the General Assembly.