Rep. Christiana goes in depth about his property tax elimination plan

Rep. Christiana goes in depth about his property tax elimination plan

Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) discussed House Bill 2145 with The PLS Reporter Wednesday morning.

The bill, if passed, would abolish all property taxes in Pennsylvania. 

Rep. Christiana stated in his interview that he believed, "property taxes are the most unfair, anti-american tax" in Pennsylvania. He said that if the property tax was eliminated then there would be four ways to make up the money. 

His four ways included an increase in personal income tax, an expansion of the personal income tax, an increase in the sales tax and an expansion in the sales tax. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislative push to end current year’s budget process still faces Wolf question mark

Legislative push to end current year’s budget process still faces Wolf question mark

The Republican-led Pennsylvania General Assembly began to push a supplemental appropriation for the FY 2015-2016 budget Tuesday that they hope will land on the governor’s desk on Wednesday, and if enacted, would provide the fiscal year with a $30.025 billion, no-tax-increase budget.

However, that budget will need to be approved or vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who said Tuesday he has not made up his mind about how to deal with the plan he still feels does not address Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf plans “to make a stand” against new GOP budget proposal

Gov. Wolf plans “to make a stand” against new GOP budget proposal

Amid the news that the Republican-led legislature plans to send a $30 billion-plus budget to his desk this week, Gov. Tom Wolf used a scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh’s KQV radio Tuesday morning to say he plans “to make a stand.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

In their first big face-to-face pow-wow following the governor’s line-item veto of a budget proposal they sent him before Christmas, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republican leaders emerged with a short-term budget game plan and a common enemy in an old foe: Gov. Tom Wolf.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) was involved in budget-related negotiations Thursday, partaking in a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Wolf administration proxies on property tax relief.

Upon leaving the meeting, Sen. Wagner was coy to discuss with reporters what was detailed in the meeting—calling it his Sgt. Schultz moment—he did note the importance of providing property tax relief to homeowners.

“The school tax issue, that’s the largest issue we have in Pennsylvania,” he said. “It’s driven pensions; there are a lot of issues.”

He said those in his district “are begging for relief.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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