House Majority Leader Dave Reed talks 2018 legislative priorities

House Majority Leader Dave Reed talks 2018 legislative priorities

With the legislature returning to session in just less than two weeks, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) provided an update Thursday on the various priorities of the House Republican Caucus and the state House of Representatives as a whole.

Thursday, January 11, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmaker floats proposal to lower state’s personal income tax rate

Lawmaker floats proposal to lower state’s personal income tax rate

Hoping to boost the rate of Pennsylvania’s economic growth, Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) recently floated a proposal to lower the commonwealth’s personal income tax (PIT) rate from 3.07 percent to 2.82 percent.

 

The proposal comes on the heels of recently enacted federal tax reform that sought to cut taxes for the majority of Americans and spur economic growth, but was also projected to grow the national deficit.

Monday, January 8, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State collects $2.8 billion in December General Fund revenues

State collects $2.8 billion in December General Fund revenues

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the Independent Fiscal Office each reported this week that state General Fund revenue collections for the month of December rang in at around $2.8 billion.

 

However, that’s where it appears agreement stops between two of the Commonwealth’s top fiscal forecasters.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

An ad-hoc group of 18 House Republican members recently announced they will be forming the “Common Sense Caucus,” a group of like-minded legislators aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues.

 

The group is formed largely of the team of rank-and-file House Republican members that were pushing for the use of special fund transfers to fund the current fiscal year’s budget, a component of which was incorporated into the revenue plan ultimately adopted.

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Mid-year budget briefing: Wolf administration projects year-end surplus

Wolf administration Budget Sec. Randy Albright delivered the mid-year budget briefing Thursday, where he projected a year-end surplus potentially as high as $31.2 million on top of a $10 million transfer to the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, December 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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