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.
YORK TOWNSHIP – Supported by House members from three neighboring counties, members of the York County House Republican delegation today called out Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference at the York County School of Technology for his the role in the current budget standoff. The event took place 10 days after the General Assembly sent to Wolf’s desk a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that increased school funding without the need to raise taxes, and one day after the governor’s veto of much-needed pension reform legislation (Senate Bill 1).
WHAT: State Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) and Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) will hold a news conference to answer questions about the current budget stalemate, as well as address Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the liquor privatization and pension reform bills.
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined the majority of their House colleagues in advancing a spending plan for fiscal year 2015-16. House Bill 1192, the primary piece of budget legislation, passed 112-77 and may now be taken up by the state Senate.
The majority of legislation that is introduced in the General Assembly will draw very little response from the general public. That has not been the case with Act 153 of 2014, which addressed background checks for employees and volunteers. It would be a surprise to find any member of the state House and Senate who has not received at least one phone call or email from a church, youth sports program or other volunteer group with questions and concerns about this law, which was a direct response to the Sandusky case in State College.
HARRISBURG – For colleagues of state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland), opposing standardized testing is just as important as increasing funding for libraries.
ABBOTTSTOWN – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) invites residents of the 193rd Legislative District to attend one of the upcoming concealed carry seminars he will be hosting.
One of the focal points of Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign was state spending on education. In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed significant increases in taxes and targeted them for education. I feel it is very important to understand how much the Commonwealth currently spends on education, the source of those funds and where we stand in relation to the rest of the country.
HARRISBURG – The state House has taken a significant step in the movement toward eliminating school property taxes for southcentral Pennsylvania residents with today’s passage of House Bill 504. For members of the Adams-York County House Republican delegation, the key was Tuesday’s vote to amend into the bill language from House Bill 860, authored by House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion).
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined his House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee colleagues in advancing two pieces of legislation that would improve benefits for Pennsylvania veterans. House Bills 175 and 602, which both passed unanimously, may now be taken up by the full House.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) joined the majority of his colleagues Monday in moving to the state Senate bipartisan legislation that would more sufficiently fund Pennsylvania’s 911 emergency calling system and update the necessary technology to bring it into the 21st Century. House Bill 911 passed by a 134-59 margin.
HARRISBURG – The state House today concurred on a bill authored by state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) that would benefit survivors of members of the military or first responders. House Bill 152 now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf signing it into law.
Governor Tom Wolf said his budget proposal “reduces the total tax burden on the average middle-class homeowner.” Judging from a telephone town hall meeting I recently conducted and other gatherings I have hosted, a significant number of people don’t see it that way.