House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

The House Transportation Committee met Friday in Philadelphia to confront one of the major looming problems in the state’s future: the sunset on $400 million in annual funding that the Pennsylvania Turnpike provides to public transportation.
 
Act 89 of 2013 established the PA Turnpike Commission allocate $450 million annually to public transit and multimodal funding. Those payments will shrink to $50 million as of 2022. 
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Rep. Rabb introduces “Fair Share Tax”

Rep. Rabb introduces “Fair Share Tax”

When the General Assembly reconvenes later this month, legislators will be looking for long-term revenue sources to continue the bipartisan success of June’s budget process. Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) has a plan he says could bring over $2 billion annually to state coffers. 

 

Rabb submitted HB 1738 in late August. Dubbed the “Fair Share Tax”, the measure would lower income tax rates for most Pennsylvanians, while increasing the wealth rate

Tuesday, September 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

Two York County lawmakers are looking to curb government spending that exceeds budgeted amounts by bringing a constitutional amendment to the ballot box. 

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) announced Tuesday that they will be introducing legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to require supplemental spending requests to be approved by the General Assembly.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

After what can only be characterized as a tense week in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the 2019-2020 budget into law, enacting a $33.9 billion spending plan that includes no tax increases, and boosts to education funding.

 

The agreed-upon budget between Wolf and Republican leadership bolsters funding for public education and agriculture, while also making the largest allocation to the state’s emergency Rainy Day Fund in years. Wolf also signed a Human Service Code bill that ends General Assistance, a welfare program that provides cash grants of about $200 to Pennsylvania’s poorest residents.

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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