Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban guns at public recreation areas, allow vaccine transporters to access state roads during emergencies and expunge certain eviction records to improve access to housing.

Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

After a series of closed-door negotiations, House lawmakers have unveiled a $33.997 billion spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year that would impose no new taxes and send over $250 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

 

The proposed budget — amended into House Bill 790 — was revealed in a House Appropriations Committee meeting on Monday and includes funding increases for public education, agriculture and school safety.

Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

Despite last-minute pleas from Democrats, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would end a program that provides cash grants to Pennsylvanians who don’t qualify for other welfare and assistance programs.

 

House lawmakers voted 106-95 to pass House Bill 33, which would we bring an end to the General Assistance program that provides cash grants of approximately $200 a month to some of the poorest residents in the state.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate

The full House voted Tuesday to approve a major increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, despite concerns from Democrats over elements ranging from the bill’s escalator clause to allegations that certain schools discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion.

Past increases to the EITC have drawn broad bipartisan support. 31 Democrats voted in favor of a more modest increase to the EITC and its counterpart, the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, last session.

Tuesday, however, only four Democrats voted to join Republicans in supporting the measure. That is due, critics say, to the more drastic nature of the legislation. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Democrats preparing new ‘Fair Share Tax Plan’ that would reform personal income tax

Democrats preparing new ‘Fair Share Tax Plan’ that would reform personal income tax

Pennsylvania Democrats are planning to unveil a tax reform proposal that would cut taxes for a majority of Pennsylvanians and raise over $2 billion in new revenue, all while working around the state constitution’s uniformity clause that prohibits progressive income taxes on state residents.

The proposal, called the “Fair Share Tax Plan,” would split the state’s personal income tax into two parts — a tax on wages and tips and a tax on wealth. House Democrats introducing the proposal want to reduce the personal income tax on wages and tips from 3.07 percent to 2.8 percent and increase the personal income tax on wealth — which includes money from interest, dividends, net income, capital gains, royalties, winnings and more — from 3.07 percent to 6.5 percent. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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