House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

After taking a roughly seven week session hiatus, the state House of Representatives made their long-awaited return to voting session Monday as the Republican caucus in that chamber looks to try to find consensus on a revenue plan that can close the state’s $2.2 billion deficit.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

Members of the House State Government Committee gathered in Harrisburg for the second straight Wednesday to further vet concepts outlined in hearings held earlier in the summer, this week focusing on a potential crackdown of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which some lawmakers have said is acting outside of their granted authority and causing ratepayers and businesses headaches in trying to deal with an additional regulatory structure within the basin’s territory.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Rep. Moul discusses HB 544

VIDEO: Rep. Moul discusses HB 544

On Tuesday morning, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) sat down with The PLS Reporter to talk about House Bill 544 which would encourage recreational activities on private land by expanding protections for landowners.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Legislators move to address fees and regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

The House State Government committee and other legislators who are involved with related issues held a hearing at Susquehanna University to investigate the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and its fees and regulations in Pennsylvania.

All but one testifier identified problems with the fees and regulations that the SRBC creates on public and private large water sources in the commonwealth.

The SRBC was created in January 1970 through the legislatures of New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the Federal Government to maintain and conserve the Susquehanna River basin through a compact. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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