Reed: No Republican support exists for Wolf’s budget plan

Reed: No Republican support exists for Wolf’s budget plan

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) told reporters Wednesday that while he has extended an invitation to Gov. Tom Wolf to put his budget plan—particularly the revenue side—up for an up or down vote in the House, he does not believe Republican support exists for the proposal.

“I do not think there are any Republican votes for the governor’s budget as a whole,” Rep. Reed said.

Regardless, he said he would put the proposal up for a vote if the governor asks him to do so.

“I have offered to the administration that we are willing [to put it up for a vote],” he said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.15.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.15.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) and Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) held a joint news conference in the Main Rotunda to reintroduce their legislation that would establish veterans’ courts statewide. HB 887 and SB 517 would establish a specialized veterans’ court in any Pennsylvania county that does not have one.
  • Frank Brogan, chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda to release the results of the latest economic and employment impact study conducted on behalf of the State System and its 14 member universities.
  • The Foundation To Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA) and other advocate supporters met on the Main Capitol steps to show support for Statute of Limitations reform in Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Combined reporting hearing: partisan or educational?

Combined reporting hearing: partisan or educational?

The House Finance Committee held a hearing on the issue of combined reporting Wednesday that some are calling partisan, while others have defended it as educational.

Combined reporting would require multi-state corporations with a Pennsylvania presence to pay Pennsylvania taxes on the combined income of all entities, regardless of whether they are headquartered in Pennsylvania.

Currently, under the so-called Delaware Loophole, corporations with their headquarters in Delaware can avoid paying Pennsylvania corporate taxes despite having a presence in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday’s hearing was brought together as a result of Gov. Tom Wolf proposing to lower Pennsylvania’s current corporate net income tax of 9.99 percent to 4.99 percent so long as combined reporting is adopted.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Reed answers questions on budget, property tax, pensions

VIDEO: Reed answers questions on budget, property tax, pensions

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (Indiana) visited the Capitol Newsroom to answer some questions about key issues facing the legislature. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pending contingencies, Rep. Grell to leave legislature for PSERS

Pending contingencies, Rep. Grell to leave legislature for PSERS

Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) confirmed to The PLS Reporter Wednesday that, pending the fulfillment of a number of outstanding contingencies, he will leave the legislature to take over as executive director for the Public School Employee Retirement System.

“The offer has been made, there’s some contingencies on it, assuming those are satisfied, we would expect to accept the offer,” he said.

According to a news release from PSERS, the offer is effective May 1, 2015, and depends on a number of necessary approvals and background checks.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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