HARRISBURG – “A lecturer, not a leader” is how state Reps. Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg) and Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) labeled the man who delivered his 2016-17 budget address today before the General Assembly. While avoiding details during his speech, Gov. Tom Wolf later laid out a plan to raise the Personal Income Tax from 3.07 percent to 3.4 percent for 2016-17, and make it retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year. He also wants to add sales tax to basic cable television bills and movie theater ticket purchases, as well as increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack.
The word fair is defined as “free from bias, dishonesty or injustice.” By that definition, the manner in which Pennsylvania’s public schools are funded is anything but fair. I would like to take a moment to focus on the distribution of school funding, which needs to be fair, equitable and adequate.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) has proposed legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ Second Amendment rights and make it illegal for the federal government to impose further regulations on firearms through executive order.
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) released the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s partial veto of House Bill 1460, the budget legislation passed last week by the General Assembly:
HARRISBURG – Answering the overwhelming number of requests to hold the line on tax increases, state House members from Adams and York counties today voted to endorse a $30.26 billion spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year. House Bill 1460 funds state government’s core functions and supports Pennsylvania students by increasing education funding to another record level – all without the need for new tax increases.
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.