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
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board

Gov. Wolf appoints Obra Kernodle to Gaming Control Board

Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that he is appointing former deputy chief of staff Obra Kernodle to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill

After nearly two full days of pre-Thanksgiving debate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered 23 of the nearly 400 amendments filed to House Bill 1401, legislation that would implement a volumetric natural gas tax in Pennsylvania.

 

With the House not returning to voting session until December 4, here is a look at the amendments approved by the House during the still ongoing second consideration process last week.

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

The House State Government Committee took nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon considering, and ultimately passing along a party-line vote, two bills that seek to provide so-called “paycheck protection” by disallowing certain automatic deductions of political-related dues from public employee union paychecks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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