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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Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

In a move some were hoping would keep the issue from additional floor debate for some time, a motion in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday attempted, but ultimately failed, to send a highly contentious natural gas severance tax bill back to committee.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

As House Democrats unveil “Plan for PA,” Republicans counter with budget and regulatory reform agenda

The House Democratic Caucus this week unveiled what they are calling a “Plan for PA,” a legislative agenda they hope will get action in the coming months as legislators work on action in the interstitial period between the FY 2017-2018 budget and the FY 2018-2019 budget.

 

According to the caucus, the thrust of the four-pronged plan is a focus on solutions for working, middle-class Pennsylvanians that creates jobs, makes taxes fairer, and ensures a quality public education.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

With the governor signing most of the budget-related bills Monday, lawmakers in the General Assembly are turning their attention to solidifying their coming agenda for what they would like to see get done between now and the coming budget in the spring/summer of 2018.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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