As state representative for the 193rd Legislative District, I am tasked with being the voice of my constituents in the General Assembly. That means casting votes in line with the majority of district residents. On many issues, deciding which way to vote is fairly simple. Such is the case with a hot topic on which I have received a great deal of feedback.
If there is a silver lining in the 2015-16 budget debate, it is the “unveiling” of details in the budget process that have always existed but rarely put on public display. Most of you should now be aware that finalizing a state budget is not as simple as passing one bill. Many moving parts have to come together if a spending plan is to be put in place.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) today joined the majority of his colleagues in the House and Senate in passing legislation that will require use of a more equitable school funding formula rather than Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan that heavily favored the School District of Philadelphia. House Bill 1589, which also restores construction reimbursement funding schools are owed through PlanCon (the Planning and Construction Workbook), passed each chamber of the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority, thus preventing a veto by the governor.
When Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the Fiscal Code last month, education funding in Pennsylvania entered a totally new realm. This past week, the governor chose to shortchange 433 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, which will now all receive less money thanks to distribution of basic education funding using a formula he created. In doing so, the governor completely ignored the work of the Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), which was created two years ago to address inadequacies in Pennsylvania’s basic education funding formula.
The 2015-16 state budget standoff will undoubtedly be remembered in history (and hopefully not be repeated). A silver lining in the impasse is Pennsylvanians should now understanding that finalizing a spending plan is not as simple as passing one piece of legislation. The state budget is made up of a number of moving parts, including one for the current fiscal year that actually still has to be finalized.
Legislators ask Gov. Wolf to avoid ‘yet another crisis’
HARRISBURG - State Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) are warning of serious consequences coming to Pennsylvania’s agriculture community, and the state as a whole, as the result of a lack of funding for Pennsylvania’s major universities.
ABBOTTSTOWN – State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) is inviting residents of the 193rd Legislative District to attend one in a series of legislative breakfasts he is hosting in April.
WHAT: A news conference to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal, along with its expected impact on constituents and local small businesses. The lawmakers will reiterate their opposition to the governor’s $3.6 billion increase in new taxes. This would be on top of a 5.8 percent tax increase for the current fiscal year. A local business leader will also speak.
I am frequently asked whether or not a state budget is in place for the current fiscal year. The unequivocal answer is yes. It is an undeniable fact that on Dec. 29, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a spending plan for 2015-16. What he did prior to putting the cap back on the pen has muddied the water.
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.