Gov. Wolf makes his case, but Republicans aren’t impressed

Gov. Wolf makes his case, but Republicans aren’t impressed

The rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence on broad-based tax increases and relentless pursuit of other revenue-generating options was laid bare Monday in a briefing with the news media at the Governor’s Residence.

A version of his revenue plan is anticipated to be voted on in the House Wednesday.

“The biggest, overwhelming appeal here is to say on this vote on Wednesday we can’t afford Republicans and Democrats, we need Pennsylvanians,” he said of the appeal he’s making to lawmakers in an attempt to urge support for his revenue plan. “We need people who are looking out for the interests of Pennsylvania and looking beyond the narrow partisanship that looks at year-to-year budgets.”

Gov. Wolf said recent budget history is rampant with dishonest budgeting that continued into the current fiscal year with a budget bill he said would have left at least a $2.289 billion structural deficit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before any mandated spending increases.

Monday, October 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Acosta recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

VIDEO: Acosta recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-Philadelphia) celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month today with a news conference, art exhibit and House resolution presentation. 

Monday, October 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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IFO: Revenue trends continue to beat estimates

Despite the state not having a spending plan to authorize the expenditure of revenue dollars, the Independent Fiscal Office said Thursday that revenue collections for September and the first quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year remained strong.

According to the revenue trends report for the first quarter of the fiscal year, General Fund revenue has exceeded IFO estimates by $74 million.

The higher-than-estimated revenues were driven largely by personal income tax quarterly payments, higher than expected realty transfer tax payments, and other tax revenue.

Thursday, October 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: PUC highlights National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

VIDEO: PUC highlights National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Today in the Capitol Media Center, The Pennsylvania Utility Commission was joined by state and federal government agencies, utility companies and law enforcement to highlight National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the collaborative work being done to protect Pennsylvania's critical infrastructure.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 9.30.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 9.30.15

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

Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) was joined by a half dozen of her colleagues and the Raise the Wage PA coalition to call for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Sen. Tartaglione announced she has introduced a discharge resolution to force SB 195 out of committee.

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with speakers Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder of the Coalition and Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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