Gladys Brown named PUC chairman

Former long-time Senate Democratic staffer and current Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown was selected by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be the next chairman of the commission.

Brown will replace current PUC chair Robert Powelson who will remain on the PUC as a commissioner.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

According to Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), prime sponsor of the lead property tax reform proposal in the House, his legislation will hopefully be considered by the full House as an amendment to a bill on the House floor sometime next week.

“We have so many moving parts now in trying to get to a compromise with the governor, I think it’s easier to just do it on the floor,” he told The PLS Reporter.

At the end of April, Rep. Saylor’s House Bill 860 was pulled from consideration in the House Finance Committee as the Wolf administration requested more time to work with Rep. Saylor on the bill.

Since that time, Rep. Saylor reported he has met with the Wolf administration a number of times on working toward a compromise proposal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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IFO report says Gov. Wolf’s revenue proposals will increase taxes across all income levels

The Independent Fiscal Office Thursday released a required analysis of revenue proposals articulated in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and finds that the proposals will raise taxes on Pennsylvanians among all income brackets.

The report indicates that by FY 2019-2020, the proposals will increase net state and local tax revenues by $5.2 billion, which comprises of $9.8 billion in tax increases and $4.6 billion in tax and rent relief.

“Those new funds will be used to support additional spending on various priorities identified in the Executive Budget,” the report reads. “The proposals implement substantive changes to the current tax system and they will have disparate impacts across the Commonwealth based on a resident’s income level, consumption patterns, and school district of residence.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf, Republicans finalize budget work groups at Tuesday meeting

Gov. Wolf, Republicans finalize budget work groups at Tuesday meeting

House and Senate Republican leaders met with Gov. Tom Wolf for the second straight week Tuesday and finalized the working groups that will be dealing with the budget and component ancillary issues.

“It’s part of our continued meetings with the governor to discuss process and I think we now have a process in place with working groups that will begin budget-related conversations this week,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) following Tuesday’s meeting.

“We’ve got a revenue work group, a liquor [work group], education, and pensions,” he said. “I think everything is ready to go on that."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

A scheduled vote Tuesday on Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) much anticipated property tax reform proposal, House Bill 860, did not come to fruition as the legislation as pulled at the request of the Wolf administration with cooperation with House Republican leadership.

Despite the bill being pulled from the committee’s agenda Tuesday, the legislation is still on track to get a full floor vote in early May.

“We had a timeframe to move a bill in May on property tax reform and we are still on that timeline,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether the bill came out of committee today or the first week in May is really indifferent."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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