Reed’s property tax reform proposal draws concern from taxpayer coalition

Wednesday, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) announced the introduction of House Bill 2425, a proposal he argues would reform school property taxes.

Rep. Reed told The PLS Reporter that his proposal combines a number of different proposals that have been floating around in the legislature the last few years and is similar to a proposal he introduced when he was first elected to the General Assembly.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
GUEST COLUMN: On My Mind from Corinna Wilson

GUEST COLUMN: On My Mind from Corinna Wilson

Vive la Revolution!

For her third "On My Mind" guest column for The PLS Reporter, Corinna Wilson takes a look at the French Revolution on the anniversary of Bastille Day with the hope that the lessons learned from France's democratic birth can be applied to change in Pennsylvania. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Features
A Look Back with Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne)

A Look Back with Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne)

Rep. Phyllis Mundy has been a member of the General Assembly since 1990 and will be retiring at the end of this session in November. She sat down with The PLS Reporter to reflect back on her time in the legislature, discussing what she will miss, what she loved doing, and what she plans to do once she leaves the Capitol. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: A Look Back
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Potential challenge to line-item veto of Fiscal Code will likely hinge on whether bill contains “appropriations”

Almost immediately following Gov. Tom Corbett’s announcement that he line-item vetoed $72.2 million of appropriations for the legislature and legislative-designated expenditures from the General Appropriations Act and the Fiscal Code, questions about the constitutionality of line-item vetoing items in the Fiscal Code began to emerge.

“Today the governor also announced that he has cut, eliminated or placed in budgetary reserves several state programs directly, and through the unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional step of a line item veto to sections of the Fiscal Code bill,” read an emailed statement from Senate Republican leadership.

House Democrats also told The PLS Reporter that their legal staff is examining the constitutionality of the governor’s action.

So, what’s the big deal about?

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Friday, July 11, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Governor line-item vetoes $72.2 million of legislature’s funding citing inaction on pension reform; General Assembly responds negatively

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced he signed both the FY 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act and corresponding Fiscal Code, but used his line-item veto authority to nix $72.2 million of the General Assembly’s appropriation for the fiscal year.

“The final budget they sent me, coupled with [the General Assembly’s] failure to address critical challenges facing our state, causes me concern,” Gov. Corbett said. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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