Capitol Quick Hits 4.30.14

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

  • Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) held a news conference to unveil his budget proposal alternative.
  • Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) held an event to unveil a new documentary featuring victims of child abuse.

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Questions About Property Tax Elimination Bill Remain Despite Comprehensive Amendment

Questions About Property Tax Elimination Bill Remain Despite Comprehensive Amendment

A Senate Finance Committee hearing on a comprehensive amendment to a bill that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania meted out one certainty: more questions about the proposal remain.

Sitting in front of the committee to explain the amendment to Senate Bill 76 was Senators Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the main sponsors of the legislation.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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VIDEO: Argall Hopes To Eliminate School District Property Tax

VIDEO: Argall Hopes To Eliminate School District Property Tax

After today's Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) talked with The PLS Reporter about SB 76 - The Property Tax Independence Act - and an amendment to the bill being proposed in committee. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Despite $650 Million in Innovation Savings, April Revenue Collections Dim Budget Picture

Gov. Tom Corbett and several cabinet secretaries today announced nearly $650 million in savings from innovation in the three years since the administration took office.

“Today’s state government is much leaner and much more efficient,” said Secretary of Administration Kelly Powell Logan.

Following the event, however, questions from the media concerning worse-than-projected April revenue figures faced the governor.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.29.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) held a press conference to release its 2013-2014 report. PATF staff members thanked the legislators and board members in attendance for their continued support in helping people to live independent lives every day with assistive technology.
  • Arts and culture advocates from across the state gathered in the Main Rotunda to call for an increase to the Grants to the Arts line item for the 2014-2015 state budget. Organizations in attendance were the Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts along with Sen. Costa (D-Allegheny), Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), and Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery).
  • The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) held a rally in the Main Rotunda in support of legislative changes to empower nurse practitioners across the commonwealth. PCNP called upon the General Assembly to pass SB 1063, which would provide nurse practitioners full practice authority.
  • The Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania held a rally on the Capitol steps to support HB 1762. The legislation would stipulate that any physician performing an abortion who does not have clinical privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles will be guilty of a third degree misdemeanor.
  • Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) was joined by gun owners and other pro-Second Amendment lawmakers for the annual PA Second Amendment Action Day on the Capitol steps.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) honored musicians Roger Humphries of Pittsburgh and Anthony “Tony” Williams of Philadelphia for National Jazz Month. Both musicians performed in the Media Center before being presented with legislative citations.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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