Thomas: "There's got to be a way for us to have a win-win" on soda tax

Thomas: "There's got to be a way for us to have a win-win" on soda tax

On Tuesday afternoon the House Commerce committee brought up House Bill 2241, Rep. Mark Mustio's (R-Allegheny) bill that preempts local taxation of sweetened beverages in Pennsylvania. It prohibits any municipality from levying such a tax while invalidating the current soda tax in Philadelphia.

The bill passed out of committee but not before Rep. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia), minority chairman of the committee, brought up his concerns and offered amendments. Following the vote he spoke with the PLS Reporter about what happens now.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House Republicans plan open floor for Judiciary Committee hearings on public safety and gun violence as Dems introduce assault weapon ban bills

House Republicans plan open floor for Judiciary Committee hearings on public safety and gun violence as Dems introduce assault weapon ban bills

As public polling for an assault weapons ban sits at 2-1 in favor, two bills on the controversial class of firearm could be topics of conversation at open House Judiciary Committee meetings planned for early April.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

House cranks through amendment process on so-called “paycheck protection” bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday used the bulk of its session day to crank through nearly three dozen amendments—many of which drew significant debate—filed to so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.

 

The underlying legislation, Senate Bill 166 sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), would disallow the automatic collection of political action committee money from a unionized public employee’s paycheck, but allow the automatic collection of dues money potentially earmarked for political advocacy purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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