Common Sense Caucus lays out budget priorities in advance of governor’s budget address

Common Sense Caucus lays out budget priorities in advance of governor’s budget address

The Common Sense Caucus—a self-entitled voting bloc within the House Republican Caucus prioritizing lower state spending, regulatory and welfare reform, and economic growth—sought to get ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf’s upcoming budget address by laying out their budget priorities and concerns at a Thursday news conference.

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor

Democrats on the House State Government Committee cried foul Monday afternoon as the committee unexpectedly was called to meet to vote on House Bill 472.

The legislation—a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland)—would limit the growth in state spending to a formula based on the sum of the increase in the rate of inflation and the increase in Pennsylvania’s population.

There are exceptions for emergency spending, the funding of pension obligations, and the need for additional funding, all of which require three-quarters approval from the legislature.

The PLS Reporter reported on the legislation in a story last week.

Monday, March 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders want constitutional safeguard against Wolf’s future spending

Republican leaders from both the House and Senate gathered Monday to support a legislation that would mandate checks on state spending.

Senate Bill 70, introduced by freshman Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit state spending at the average change in personal income for the three preceding calendar years or the average inflation rate plus the average percentage change in state population over the three preceding years (with exceptions for certain extraordinary circumstances).

It would also direct that revenues collected above that needed to fund the state budget to be put to use to pay down pension obligations, boost budgetary reserves, and lower the personal income tax.

Senate Bill 7 introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), called the Taxpayer Protection Act, is a legislative implementation of the constitutional amendment.

Monday, February 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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