House GOP coalition unveils “The Taxpayers’ Budget”

House GOP coalition unveils “The Taxpayers’ Budget”

Six weeks of work by a cadre of 18 rank-and-file House Republicans—self-entitled the “budget hawks”—was brought to fruition Tuesday as the group unveiled their long-anticipated budget plan that balances last year’s books and the $31.99 billion spending plan passed in June by utilizing special fund transfers, closing tax loopholes, moving around excess funds, and other funding maneuvers to avoid a tax increase and borrowing from the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

Senate starts process of allowing Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee sent two bills to the full Senate for consideration Wednesday that would, in sum, allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set their own licensing fees.

 

Currently, the two commissions are funded largely by fees from licenses and the mechanism to raise licensing fees rests solely with the General Assembly.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Move to bring Sunday hunting to Pennsylvania fails to win committee approval

Move to bring Sunday hunting to Pennsylvania fails to win committee approval

During a meeting of the House Game and Fisheries Committee Tuesday, Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Philadelphia) unsuccessfully attempted to amend a proposal allowing Sunday hunting into a bill that would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set its own licensing fees.

 

While allowing Sunday hunting is something that has been supported by the Game Commission, it has been unsuccessful in legislative attempts over the last several sessions due to concern posed by landowners and a hesitancy to change Pennsylvania’s long-standing legal tradition of not allowing Sunday hunting.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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