Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Just one day after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to send a bill expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to his desk, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the legislation.

 

House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the cap on contributions to the state’s EITC program, which allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations that provide private school scholarships to Pennsylvania students.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

The long-awaited bill for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan is finally here, and based on the number of co-sponsors alone, the Democratic governor is just a few votes shy of majority support for his plan to fund capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas. 

 

Despite almost having enough support to get the bill to his desk, members of Republican leadership remain staunchly opposed to the idea, with the Speaker of the House labeling the $4.5 billion proposal as an “irresponsible” job-killer. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Republican spending limit plan reported out of committee

Republican spending limit plan reported out of committee

A proposal to limit state government spending passed the Senate Finance Committee along party lines Wednesday, as Senate Republicans look to resurrect a proposal that ties state spending to economic growth.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 116, also known as the Taxpayer Protection Act, which would amend the state constitution by limiting increases in government spending to the percentage changes of inflation, plus population.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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