Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

Hundreds of people representing labor unions and advocacy groups from across the Commonwealth conducted a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda today demanding “a fair state budget that creates jobs and healthy communities.”  The speakers of the group focused on the governor and the General Assembly to expand Medicaid, properly fund community services, increase funding for public education, raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour, Marcellus Shale severance tax, and oppose privatization of the state’s wine and spirits stores. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Supporters of Senate Bill 3—the current Senate proposal to legalize medical marijuana—gathered in the East Wing Wednesday to rally support behind the proposal.

Legislation co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) called for legislators to put politics aside in passing the legislation.

“Put the petty politics aside and move this forward,” he said to House members who opposed similar legislation last session. “We want to get a bill on the governor’s desk by May so we can get sick people the medicine they need this year, because if we don’t do that we are shirking our responsibility.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
On Wolf’s corporate tax proposal, Republican leaders agree the devil is in the details

On Wolf’s corporate tax proposal, Republican leaders agree the devil is in the details

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced some of his budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year, among them a substantial revision to Pennsylvania’s corporate tax laws, but Republican leaders say they need to see the specifics of the plan before casting any final judgment.

According to a news release form the Wolf administration, the governor proposed at an event in Bethlehem Wednesday cutting Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax from the current rate of 9.99 percent to 4.99 percent over two years. He is also calling for a final phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and for combined reporting (also known as closing the Delaware Loophole).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Compromise on “paycheck protection?”

It appears as though Senators are coalescing around a more moderate proposal to advance so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

While an unamended proposal in the form of Senate Bill 501 moved out of the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday that would prohibit the Commonwealth and public school from collecting union dues from employee paychecks, members spoke of an amendment that would limit the scope of the proposal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware)

Freshman Focus: Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware)

Meet Sen. Tom McGarrigle. He represents the 26th Senatorial District. Find our why he ran for office, what committee's he serves on, and what he likes to do outside of the Capitol. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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