House Republicans create package of bills to modernize state agencies

House Republicans create package of bills to modernize state agencies

A handful of House Republicans joined in the Capitol Wednesday morning to unveil legislation that they believe would begin changes to modernize and improve Pennsylvania government. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Rep. Grove bills would reform revenue estimate process, provide more information to IFO

Rep. Grove bills would reform revenue estimate process, provide more information to IFO

Seeking to take out what he sees as the politics of forecasting future revenue, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) recently introduced two bills that would reform how the Commonwealth arrives at its annual revenue estimate and what information the Independent Fiscal Office is able to see when determining its revenue forecasts and provides independent information to the legislature about state finances.

Friday, January 12, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

Taxpayer Caucus hears opposition to Senate-passed revenue plan

The legislative taxpayer caucus, met in Allegheny County at a hearing hosted by caucus member Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) this week to discuss the state Senate’s most recent budget revenue proposal to balance Pennsylvania’s $31.99 billion budget for the FY 2017-18.  


The caucus heard from a panel of utility officials, natural gas industry suppliers and workers, as wells as taxpayers who were mostly critical of the plan that would place an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale drillers and a gross receipts tax on natural gas customers, as well as a tax hike on electricity and phone bills.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

As revenue generation has been a key component to ongoing budget talks, tax policy in some manner has been part of the discussion; and, with the legislative calendar turning ever closer to June 30, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been showing their differences of opinion in terms of how taxes should play in terms of the overall revenue picture for the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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