House loads somewhat agreed-to $31.55 billion budget

House loads somewhat agreed-to $31.55 billion budget

The House Appropriations Committee Monday evening loaded into Senate Bill 1073—a budget bill left over from the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse—a $31.55 billion state spending plan for FY 2016-2017 that has sign-off from House Republican and Democratic leadership.

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

The House Education Committee next week is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2125, legislation purported to combat the so-called “ghost teacher” issue in Pennsylvania.

Sponsors of the legislation say the bill will also save taxpayer resources that can be used elsewhere in the classroom. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 2

2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 2

In the second and final part of our feature on his 2016 priorities, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office noted continuing goals of seeing the implementation of a natural gas extraction tax, an increase in education funding, progressing on workforce development initiatives, and finding government efficiencies.

The first segment outlined his priorities of getting minimum wage, anti-discrimination, and medical marijuana legislation enacted. 

Monday, January 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

A group of Republican lawmakers from the House and the Senate sounded the alarm Thursday on what they believe is a lack of transparency in how money is being spent by the Wolf administration during the protracted state budget impasse.

Including federal dollars, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said the Wolf administration has spent $30.4 billion in the period between July 1 and October 31.

A report authored by Rep. Grove and Representatives Chris Dush (R-Jefferson) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) was released with recommendations about how to bring more transparency to the way dollars are spent and calling on the auditor general to take a look at the issue.

“What we discovered in this report is the administration used prior year funds without any oversight from the legislature or transparency to the public to fund Harrisburg first,” Rep. Grove said.

Thursday, December 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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