House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

The House Appropriations Committee focused primarily on how to improve the economy and the impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas at the Independent Fiscal Office budget hearing Tuesday morning.


Legislators allowed IFO representatives to testify to discuss the implications of Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and give an overall economic outlook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
With exit announced, Rep. Markosek reflects on time in legislature and looks ahead to new endeavors

With exit announced, Rep. Markosek reflects on time in legislature and looks ahead to new endeavors

With the recent announcement by House Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) that he plans on leaving the General Assembly at the end of this session—and his son Brandon announcing plans to run for his seat—the 36-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is reflecting on his time in the legislature and looking ahead to new endeavors.

Monday, February 12, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State collects $2.8 billion in December General Fund revenues

State collects $2.8 billion in December General Fund revenues

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the Independent Fiscal Office each reported this week that state General Fund revenue collections for the month of December rang in at around $2.8 billion.

 

However, that’s where it appears agreement stops between two of the Commonwealth’s top fiscal forecasters.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

House Republican cadre forms “Common Sense Caucus”

An ad-hoc group of 18 House Republican members recently announced they will be forming the “Common Sense Caucus,” a group of like-minded legislators aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues.

 

The group is formed largely of the team of rank-and-file House Republican members that were pushing for the use of special fund transfers to fund the current fiscal year’s budget, a component of which was incorporated into the revenue plan ultimately adopted.

Monday, December 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

Legislative package aimed at reforming state budget process clears House committee

A six-bill legislative package that seeks to reform the state budgeting process made its way out of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday afternoon along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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