Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

A scheduled vote Tuesday on Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) much anticipated property tax reform proposal, House Bill 860, did not come to fruition as the legislation as pulled at the request of the Wolf administration with cooperation with House Republican leadership.

Despite the bill being pulled from the committee’s agenda Tuesday, the legislation is still on track to get a full floor vote in early May.

“We had a timeframe to move a bill in May on property tax reform and we are still on that timeline,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether the bill came out of committee today or the first week in May is really indifferent."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats are already chalking up a win in their column for this budget cycle: Being included in the process.

“The good news is, unlike the last four years, House Democrats have been meeting with the governor,” said Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). “That’s a welcomed change and it’s going well.”

He also said the caucus leadership is excited to see Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) property tax legislation get a committee vote this week as it puts a vehicle in place to input common-ground findings on the issue.

“It’s an indication and a sign that we can hopefully find some common ground on the property tax issue and the rest of the budget issues,” he stated. 

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reed: No Republican support exists for Wolf’s budget plan

Reed: No Republican support exists for Wolf’s budget plan

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) told reporters Wednesday that while he has extended an invitation to Gov. Tom Wolf to put his budget plan—particularly the revenue side—up for an up or down vote in the House, he does not believe Republican support exists for the proposal.

“I do not think there are any Republican votes for the governor’s budget as a whole,” Rep. Reed said.

Regardless, he said he would put the proposal up for a vote if the governor asks him to do so.

“I have offered to the administration that we are willing [to put it up for a vote],” he said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

A group of legislators are on a quest to end what they see as onerous prevailing wage requirements placed on public school construction projects.

Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has introduced House Bill 707, which would eliminate the requirement that union workers on public school construction projects exceeding $25,000 be paid the prevailing wage.

Rep. Topper led legislators and other supportive parties in a news conference Wednesday to support his bill.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Select subcommittee will examine career and technical education readiness

Select subcommittee will examine career and technical education readiness

A bipartisan group of House members including House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) introduced a House Resolution that would form a select subcommittee of the House Education Committee to examine readiness surrounding career and technical education.

House Resolution 102 is scheduled to be considered by the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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