Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

The legislative taxpayer caucus, met in Allegheny County at a hearing hosted by caucus member Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) this week to discuss the state Senate’s most recent budget revenue proposal to balance Pennsylvania’s $31.99 billion budget for the FY 2017-18.  


The caucus heard from a panel of utility officials, natural gas industry suppliers and workers, as wells as taxpayers who were mostly critical of the plan that would place an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale drillers and a gross receipts tax on natural gas customers, as well as a tax hike on electricity and phone bills.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

As revenue generation has been a key component to ongoing budget talks, tax policy in some manner has been part of the discussion; and, with the legislative calendar turning ever closer to June 30, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been showing their differences of opinion in terms of how taxes should play in terms of the overall revenue picture for the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

The first week of May saw worse news after bad for Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections that could potentially lead to a larger-than-anticipated budget deficit for the coming fiscal year.

 

Monday, the state Department of Revenue reported fiscal-year-to-date revenues are currently $1.2 billion behind estimate after April’s collections were released and the Independent Fiscal Office on Tuesday signaled weak economic growth in Pennsylvania, coupled with a potential shift in the realization of income into next year, has caused a downward revision in their revenue estimates for the current and coming fiscal years.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Legislators from both parties in either chamber of the legislature have started the process of seeking support from fellow members to combine the Departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The proposal—first articulated by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February budget address—has been carried forward in a spending plan crafted by House Republicans currently under consideration in the Senate after it passed the House just two weeks ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

In the same session week that saw a House Republican crafted budget proposal make its way to the Senate, legislation has been put into the works that would delay a major portion of the budget plan: the consolidation of four human services-related state agencies.

 

The same day that the budget bill passed the House, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) began circulating a cosponsorship memo for legislation to delay the consolidation of the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs until studies conducted by the Joint State Government Commission and the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee can be completed and shared with the legislature.

Friday, April 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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