Pension reform to be held until fall, while Philadelphia cigarette tax revived

Wednesday saw pension reform dominate debate and rhetoric in the hall of Pennsylvania’s Capitol as Gov. Tom Corbett reiterated his desire for a plan to reach his desk and legislative leaders worked to revive the reform plan sent back to committee Tuesday.

“It was disappointing to see members use a procedural maneuver to disguise the fact that they cannot stand up to the special interests that are out there at this time,” Gov. Corbett said of yesterday’s action. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Pension reform bill voted out of committee, House floor vote anticipated in the fall

VIDEO: Pension reform bill voted out of committee, House floor vote anticipated in the fall

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), Chairman of the House Human Services Committee gives his remarks on HB 1353, a pension reform bill, that was voted out of his committee. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Gov. Corbett makes one more push for pension reform

VIDEO: Gov. Corbett makes one more push for pension reform

While Gov. Tom Corbett continues to review the budget passed by the General Assembly, he makes one more push for pension reform saying that it will bring relief for schools and property taxes across the state. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Attempt to authorize Phila. cigarette tax nixed in late-night Rules Committee meeting

The House Rules Committee met Tuesday night to consider House Bill 278, which comprises the Fiscal Code legislation needed for the implementation of the FY 2014-2015 budget. Committee Democrats tried, but ultimately failed, in their attempt to attach an amendment to the bill that would authorize a cigarette tax in Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 7.1.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) held a teleconference this afternoon to discuss the $29.1 billion budget passed by the General Assembly last evening. Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to sign the bill. PBPC Executive Director Sharon Ward described the budget situation as “not quite done yet.” She explained the Senate amended and approved the House’s budget last night. Ward said Gov. Corbett’s announcement he would not sign the bill was shocking to some.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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