ABBOTTSTOWN – Veterans who live in the 193rd Legislative District are encouraged to take advantage of additional services being offered at the district office of state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland), beginning in the month of December.
Yes, we lack a state budget. But nearly five months into the 2015-16 fiscal year, more than $9 billion in tax receipts has been taken in by the Department of Revenue, the majority of it through collection of sales and Personal Income taxes.
HARRISBURG – The state House today advanced legislation that would privatize the wholesale and retail distribution of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania. House Bill 1690 passed by a 110-86 margin and was endorsed by all members of the Adams and York County House Republican delegations.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined his colleagues on the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee in advancing a package of bills designed to maintain senior citizens’ eligibility in PACE and PACENET, Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults. All three bills may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – Thanks to a strong bipartisan vote, the state House Monday passed legislation that would address attempts to “double dip” when applying for public assistance. Under House Bill 1322, which may now be taken up by the state Senate, anyone who moves to Pennsylvania would have to list places where they lived before and received welfare benefits. The legislation also requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to notify the other state or states of the change in residency of the applicant.
You’ve probably heard about the Marcellus Shale, but did you know Pennsylvania is leading America’s shale revolution? We’re creating jobs and consumer energy savings, revitalizing manufacturing, and providing a revenue boost to the state as well as to local and county governments, all while enhancing our environment.
HARRISBURG – Two pieces of legislation that would reduce the state’s debt and require more efficient and transparent use of taxpayer dollars through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) were passed by the state House today. House Bill 928
limits the amount of outstanding obligations for existing redevelopment assistance projects to $2.95 billion, while House Bill 930 limits the amount of debt taken on by new projects to $125 million per year while also capping debt for public improvement projects at $350 million per year.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest attempt to raise taxes on Pennsylvanians was defeated in the state House today by a bipartisan vote of 73-127. The amendment to House Bill 283 would have increased the Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent, imposed a 3.5 percent severance tax on natural gas drillers and expanded the state’s existing Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf today vetoed emergency funding legislation that would have eased financial stress on human service providers and public schools statewide. The move prevents distribution of approximately $11 billion that would have carried Pennsylvania through the month of October.
HARRISBURG – The state House today passed legislation to authorize emergency state funding that would support human services providers and recipients of student loans, while unlocking federal and state dollars designated for Pennsylvania’s public school districts. The party-line vote sends House Bill 224 and Senate Bills 1000 and 1001 to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature into law.
At the recent town hall meeting state Rep. Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg) and I hosted, the nearly unanimous opinion of those in attendance was we should hold the line on taxes. This is a reflection of the telephone calls and emails I’ve received from constituents. I have heard from a handful of people who, while unhappy with the entire process, simply want my colleagues in the General Assembly and me to compromise and “get it done.” The problem is figuring out what “it” is.
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) invite residents of the 91st and 193rd legislative districts to get an update on the state budget impasse and have their state government questions answered during a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The public forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Cross Keys Banquet Center, 6110 York Road, New Oxford.
Throughout the budget process, my House Republicans colleagues and I have laid all our cards on the table when showing our “hand” and stating what we support and what we oppose. Today, I am challenging my friends on the other side of the aisle to do likewise.
HARRISBURG – State House Democrats today unanimously shutdown an effort by House Republicans to send support for basic services such as domestic violence and rape crisis centers that are funded by state government. The vote took place during a House Republican attempt to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s historic veto of the entire state spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
We are three weeks into an unnecessary budget stalemate. By vetoing a responsible spending plan, Gov. Tom Wolf is withholding billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, since two-thirds of the line items in that plan distributed either the same or more money than he requested. While the governor does have line-item veto power, he chose to veto the entire plan, something that has not happened in more than 40 years. Does this sound like “working with the Legislature” to you? It doesn’t sound that way to me either.