CAPITOL CROWD: Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman

CAPITOL CROWD: Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman

Meet Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Learn about his career throughout Pennsylvania state government, his day-to-day duties as Chief Counsel, and who he likes to play golf with. 

Monday, April 27, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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IFO report says Gov. Wolf’s revenue proposals will increase taxes across all income levels

The Independent Fiscal Office Thursday released a required analysis of revenue proposals articulated in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and finds that the proposals will raise taxes on Pennsylvanians among all income brackets.

The report indicates that by FY 2019-2020, the proposals will increase net state and local tax revenues by $5.2 billion, which comprises of $9.8 billion in tax increases and $4.6 billion in tax and rent relief.

“Those new funds will be used to support additional spending on various priorities identified in the Executive Budget,” the report reads. “The proposals implement substantive changes to the current tax system and they will have disparate impacts across the Commonwealth based on a resident’s income level, consumption patterns, and school district of residence.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Committee hears about potential changes to small games of chance reporting requirements

The House Gaming Oversight Committee continued its spring series of hearings on gaming-related topics by hearing from regulators and clubs on the reporting requirements related to small games of chance.

Many members of the committee reported small, charitable clubs in their districts utilizing these games as fundraisers are disincentivized from doing so because of onerous reporting requirements and confusion about the law leaving them without small games of chance as a fundraising tool.

Minority Chairman Nick Kotik (D-Allegheny) told committee members and testifiers he would like to see changes to the current law—the Local Option Small Game of Chance Act—that help out these clubs.

“Anything we can do to make the process smoother, easy for the clubs that depend on this revenue, we’d appreciate it,” he said.

Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

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

  • The Keystone Research Center (KRC) held a press conference to release a new study on increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage entitled, Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to present an audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s implementation of a 2008 law to protect healthcare workers from excessive mandatory overtime. The audit shows the department was negligent in responding to healthcare complaints and in developing regulations giving the agency legal authority to enforce the act.
  • A bipartisan group of Senate and House members joined together in Soldiers Grove for an official van dedication ceremony. The dedicated vans are vital to disabled veterans, they argued, and are driven by volunteers to take disabled veterans to a VA hospital or other facilities where they can receive the treatment they need.
  • Save a Life Now PA and advocates filled the steps of the Main Capitol Rotunda to rally for passage of SB 850, the Donate Life of PA Act.
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth held a Young Voters in the Capitol to meet with local legislators and call for a fair education funding formula in this year’s state budget. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Speaker Turzai joins working group to promote debt transparency bills

VIDEO: Speaker Turzai joins working group to promote debt transparency bills

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) joined a working group of House Republicans to show his support for a package of bills aimed at reducing debt in the Commonwealth. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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