Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

According to Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), prime sponsor of the lead property tax reform proposal in the House, his legislation will hopefully be considered by the full House as an amendment to a bill on the House floor sometime next week.

“We have so many moving parts now in trying to get to a compromise with the governor, I think it’s easier to just do it on the floor,” he told The PLS Reporter.

At the end of April, Rep. Saylor’s House Bill 860 was pulled from consideration in the House Finance Committee as the Wolf administration requested more time to work with Rep. Saylor on the bill.

Since that time, Rep. Saylor reported he has met with the Wolf administration a number of times on working toward a compromise proposal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
In Reflection with Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

In Reflection with Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)

In this special PLS Reporter series, In Reflection, former Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) shares a philosophy he calls “Strategic Policy Collaboration” that he believes helped him as a legislator.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Mike Brubaker
Categories: Features
Three Wolf nominees sail through confirmation hearings

Three Wolf nominees sail through confirmation hearings

Three of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominees had confirmation hearings Tuesday and all three were unanimously moved along in the process toward their confirmation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Medical marijuana, collective bargaining transparency bills advance to Senate floor

The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a trio of high-profile bills to the Senate floor Monday, moving medical marijuana legislation and two bills said to bring transparency to collective bargaining agreements to the full Senate for consideration.

Monday, May 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.4.15

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

  • The Pennsylvania Psychological Association held their annual Advocacy Day in the East Wing Rotunda to mark May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the commonwealth. PPA Executive Director Krista Patermostro Bower reported nearly 44 million Americans experience a mental health problem in a given year, with statistics from the Department of Human Services showing more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians have been diagnosed with some form of mental health challenge. 
  • The National Association of Letter Carriers announced their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive starting on May 9th. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.  

  • The acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Teresa Osborne led policymakers and advocates in a celebration of Older Americans Month. She stated that 2.7 million individuals are over age 60 in Pennsylvania and explained the department partners with other state agencies to provide opportunities for older Pennsylvanians to live independent, productive, meaningful lives while maintaining close family ties. 

  • Pennsylvania Court Watch and others gathered in front of the Pennsylvania Justice Center in Harrisburg today to call for the reform of Pennsylvania’s court system. Diane Gochin from Pennsylvania Court Watch told rally participants, “Our economy, our taxes, everything is being controlled in this building behind us.” 

Monday, May 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Event Central
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