Right 2 Know Episode 19: Sun, sand and property tax reform

Right 2 Know Episode 19: Sun, sand and property tax reform

Come on down to the ol' Right 2 Know homestead, as we talk about the push to eliminate property taxes. Justin shares what he learned from a Senate Republican Policy Committee Hearing on the topic and he hears from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) on what might be a path forward to reform. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the show on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.  
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

The Senate Democratic Caucus was out in force Wednesday, urging the governor to call a special session on property tax reform.

 

The issue has been at the center of heated debate for years in Pennsylvania, and has taken up a particular place of prominence with the recent and increasing success of property tax elimination proponents to gain support for their concept.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Property tax elimination vote put off amid technical concerns

A tentatively scheduled vote on a plan that would completely eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania was nixed Tuesday amid technical concerns that sponsors of the plan have agreed to address in advance of a vote by the full Senate now tentatively scheduled for next week.

"Today was supposed to be a full Senate vote to consider the elimination of school property taxes – a proposal drafted by over 80 grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across the state," read a released statement from the proposal's sponsors. "Some minor technical concerns regarding the bill’s implementation have been raised. We agreed to make tweaks to the proposal and have it considered next week by the full Senate.”

When asked about the proposal, Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) said there is an interest in moving the proposal next week so long as the issues are taken care of.

“We’re taking a look at it, making sure it’s in a form that members are comfortable with,” he said. “It’s a significant bill, a lot of moving parts. There’s been questions raised regarding some of the provisions of it to make sure it works properly, so there’s been a conversation amongst our front office and the sponsors of the bill to make sure those concerns are addressed and the plan is to move it later."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Amorphous progress reported by budget negotiators after pension meeting

Amorphous progress reported by budget negotiators after pension meeting

While it may just be a feeling, legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf again touted progress toward reaching a pension deal following a Thursday negotiating session on the topic.

“We had a good conversation, we’re making some progress on two really important issues: the pensions and education,” said Gov. Wolf. “We obviously have differences…but I think we had a good conversation, good discussion.”

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) noted that while pension reform and education funding are two items the negotiators have focused on over the last two days as necessary components of the final budget, differences still exist in those areas.

“We’re still working through those differences, we’re hoping to do so in a timely fashion because there are a number of other issues that need to come to the table before we can have a final budget agreement,” he told reporters.

Thursday, August 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
What does a veto say?

What does a veto say?

As the new fiscal year is likely to begin without a fully enacted budget, The PLS Reporter caught up with Republican leaders to talk about what they see as the likely scenario for how a veto is likely to play out and what it means.

“If he does veto any aspects of these bills we’re sending him, what he’s really saying is: ‘I want to increase your taxes’,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). “That’s the message people don’t want to say, but what they’re saying is that if you’re not for this I just want to increase your taxes.”

He said that message doesn’t pass “the red face test.”

Sen. Scarnati stated the General Assembly is sending the governor a no-tax-increase budget along with a pension reform plan that provides significant savings and a liquor privatization plan that gives Pennsylvania consumers the convenience they ask for while getting the state out of the liquor business.

“I absolutely believe that the proposals that we’re sending are true, good proposals for the taxpayers and voters of Pennsylvania,” he added. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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