House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House lawmakers have pushed this week a series of proposals they say are designed to boost the fortunes of the state’s volunteer firefighter and EMS companies amid declining enlistment and financial hardship.

The package of bills came out of the SR 6 commission, which traveled the state to evaluate threats to first responders and firefighters. Their end product totals 23 bills, including loan forgiveness for those who sign up as volunteer firefighters, making it easier for companies to secure loans and helping first responders suffering from trauma to get care.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors

On Wednesday morning Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) unveiled House Bill 165 which would lift the sales tax exemption for advertising, and the money made would go towards creating a property tax freeze for senior citizens. 

DeLuca stated that by placing this tax on advertisements, it could generate $135 million for seniors who have a yearly income of less than $40,000.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

The House voted Tuesday to approve a $33.9 billion spending bill for the 2019-20 fiscal year despite the repeated objections of many Democrats, who pushed to turn the debate towards a raise to the state’s minimum wage.

Citing concerns ranging from eliminating the General Assistance program to the lack of a minimum wage increase to support for public education that didn’t go far enough, all-in-all, 62 members, including seven Republicans, voted not to support the budget. 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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DePasquale and Deluca unveil School Board and Administration Financial Reform Package

DePasquale and Deluca unveil School Board and Administration Financial Reform Package

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Rep. Tony Deluca (D-Allegheny) joined together today to unveil a package of legislation known as the School Board and Administration Financial Reform Package.

The bills would help keep Pennsylvania school districts from future financial mishaps that force Pennsylvania taxpayers from bailing them out.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House

A twisty, turvy House floor debate finally ended this week when the chamber approved a bill to let magisterial judges run for reelection without filing signatures.

The debate also made for some odd ideological bedfellows over the course of two votes to suspend the rules, a constitutional question and ultimately its final passage which moved 128-65. 61 Democrats joined with 67 Republicans in support, while 17 Democrats joined with 48 Republicans opposed.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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