House committee advances tax amnesty proposal

House committee advances tax amnesty proposal

The House Finance Committee Tuesday advanced legislation by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) that would provide for a new tax amnesty proposal that could, according to supporters, garner $150 million for next year’s budget.

The bill, House Bill 1888, passed the committee with 18-6 bipartisan support and would allow taxpayers to satisfy existing tax liabilities and only pay half the interest without prosecution.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

The House Education Committee met Monday and unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the feasibility of and potential cost-savings from school district consolidation.

The resolution, House Resolution 910, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) led the bicameral legislative Taxpayers’ Caucus Tuesday in a news conference unveiling more than $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources they say should be used before lawmakers turn to taxpayers to fill any existing budget holes.

“This is a new day and I don’t think Harrisburg has seen this before,” said Sen. Wagner about the things identified in the report, which also include recommendations about how to more effectively budget and implement economic growth strategies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - May 20, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - May 20, 2016

The podcast this week welcomes The PLS Reporter's new intern, Kyle Maguire. We also give a budget update, talk municipal pension reform, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, and a hearing related to the steel industry.

We have budget update audio from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). We also hear from Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) on his judgement day bill package, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) on municipal pension reform, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) on the ICA, and Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland) on steel.

Listen to this episode HERE.

Friday, May 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday divested itself of House Bill 414, legislation that contains significant reforms for municipal pension plans, and requested the legislation be sent back to the Senate Finance Committee where those hopeful of a comprehensive solution to the issue will renew their work to find a consensus product.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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