Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

The long-awaited bill for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan is finally here, and based on the number of co-sponsors alone, the Democratic governor is just a few votes shy of majority support for his plan to fund capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas. 

 

Despite almost having enough support to get the bill to his desk, members of Republican leadership remain staunchly opposed to the idea, with the Speaker of the House labeling the $4.5 billion proposal as an “irresponsible” job-killer. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

In Harrisburg, June is known  — sometimes infamously — as the month that bears the annual state budget. This year, some lawmakers are hoping to make reforms to the budgetary process to create a more transparent approach to the yearly negotiations.

Republican lawmakers in the House have put together a four-bill package that aims to provide the legislature with more oversight and information as they develop the budget. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

House Republicans were just two votes shy on Tuesday of sending a full package of regulatory reform bills over to the Senate for consideration, but GOP lawmakers still found success with the passage of four pieces of legislation that aim to restructure the state’s regulatory processes.

The House passed four bills from the GOP caucus #GovtDoneRight wish list with relative ease on Tuesday, but one bill eluded passage as some Republicans grew skeptical of the effects it could have across the state. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

A fight has been reignited in the Capitol over whether the state should end making general assistance cash payments to poor Pennsylvanians, after the program was reinstated in 2018 because of a technicality found by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 

House Republicans are seeking to once again end the cash assistance program, which pays out monthly stipends of approximately $205 to Pennsylvania citizens who have under $250 in countable resources. The program was eliminated in a 2012 bill signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett, but was reinstated when the state Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's single-subject rule.

Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Rep. Brian Ellis resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Rep. Brian Ellis resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) announced his resignation from the Pennsylvania General Assembly Monday 

amid an allegation of sexual assault that is currently under investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney.  

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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