Speaker Turzai voices opposition to Wolf’s proposed tax on computer and technology services

Speaker Turzai voices opposition to Wolf’s proposed tax on computer and technology services

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) this week voiced his opposition to the currently proposed closure of a purported sales and use tax loophole that allows certain computer and technology services to avoid charging the Pennsylvania sales tax.

 

According to the balance sheet accompanying the governor’s proposed budget, the governor proposed closing this “special interest tax loophole” to generate about $330.3 million in the coming fiscal year.

Thursday, May 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Americans for Prosperity-PA, a conservative advocacy organization, announced Wednesday they have engaged in a six-figure investment to help advocate for liquor reform bills that recently passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

 

According to AFP, the effort—labeled “free our spirits”—will be led by a multimedia push and “happy hour” events at Pennsylvania wineries, breweries, and distilleries that are aimed at highlighting what they perceive as a harm caused by Pennsylvania’s current liquor laws.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

House Speaker supports paid maternity leave for House employees

After a review of the benefits for employees of the House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued a statement earlier this week noting his support for providing House employees with twelve weeks of paid maternity leave.

 

"After conducting an extensive review of our benefit policies, as well as those offered by other employers in both the private and public sector, I support instituting a paid maternity leave policy for House employees," he said.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House sends Senate $31.52 billion budget bill

House sends Senate $31.52 billion budget bill

The House of Representatives Tuesday voted largely along party-line vote of 114-84 to send the Senate a $31.52 billion spending plan, despite not having an articulated, supportable plan for funding it.

 

"This is a responsible, sustainable budget for FY 2017-2018," said House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York). "It's a departure from past years and a good first step in the direction of reinventing government."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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