House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

Members of the House State Government Committee gathered in Harrisburg for the second straight Wednesday to further vet concepts outlined in hearings held earlier in the summer, this week focusing on a potential crackdown of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which some lawmakers have said is acting outside of their granted authority and causing ratepayers and businesses headaches in trying to deal with an additional regulatory structure within the basin’s territory.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

A group of lawmakers in the state House of Representatives is looking to prioritize regulatory reform in Pennsylvania upon returning to voting session this coming fall.

 

After holding two public hearings on the issue earlier this summer, members of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday held a members-only informational meeting to discuss the previously submitted testimony and set a course of action for the committee to take on regulatory reform.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform bill gets House “tweaks”

Pension reform bill gets House “tweaks”

Senate legislation that would overhaul Pennsylvania’s state-run pension plans that benefit state and public school employees received the “tweaks” many were anticipating in a Tuesday morning vote by the House State Government Committee.

The legislation was changed to allow all current state employees—not just elected officials—to opt-in to the new side-by-side hybrid pension plan, eliminate the artificial funding collars for FY 2016-2017 the Senate included in the legislation, and require the Public Employee Retirement Commission to attach an actuarial note to the legislation as required by law.

All of the changes were agreed-to unanimously, but committee Democrats uniformly opposed the full measure.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House property tax reform plan passes key House floor vote

Tuesday, the House approved a measure by Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) that would raise Pennsylvania’s income and sales tax while providing dollar-for-dollar property tax reduction.

The proposal was adopted as an amendment to Rep. Matt Gabler’s (R-Elk) House Bill 504 by a 109 to 86 vote that crossed party lines.

The proposal calls for increasing Pennsylvania’s personal income tax by 0.63 percent to 3.7 percent while raising the sales and use tax a full percentage point to seven percent in order to earn an estimated $5 billion in additional revenue to be dedicated to property tax relief. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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