Candidates try to motivate voters for local races as election day draws near

Candidates try to motivate voters for local races as election day draws near

Wandering into the cavernous Clinton County Fairgrounds commercial building Saturday surrounded by American flags, firearms enthusiasts and the smell of chicken dinners, Steve Baker was a man on a mission.

“I’d like to ask [Scott] Wagner one question,” he said.

A 66-year old retiree from multiple jobs, he lives off his pension, including one from the state. And Baker, a Republican, has seen troubling ads that say the GOP Gubernatorial candidate wants to tax his retirement, based off of old comments he said as a state Senator.

Monday, September 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While Philly suburbs loom large, battle for House is showing up across Pennsylvania

While Philly suburbs loom large, battle for House is showing up across Pennsylvania

From Pottstown to Lock Haven, West Chester to Fox Chapel, election season is now in full swing.

While the much prophesied “blue wave” has a real chance to wash in a new Democratic House majority in Washington DC, it’ll likely crest too low to overturn the 39-seat Republican majority in Harrisburg’s House.

Plenty of GOP seats, especially in the southeast, appear primed for flips. But Democrats need to defend a caucus spread out into places that run red the length of the ballot, while their strategists know that any path, no matter how slim, to an eventual majority needs to include a few tough, uphill fights.
Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

Ending lawmaker car leases on House agenda for fall session

When 27 state House members drive back into Harrisburg in two weeks, they may be asked to vote on keeping the wheels that brought them to session.

Multiple House Republican members and staffers expect HB 482 from Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) to come for a floor vote during the first week back. The bill would eliminate the leasing of state vehicles to elected lawmakers going forward — but those currently with a car would be grandfathered in.

Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Occasionally calling out crowd members by name on his home turf, Scott Wagner released his plan to tackle the opioid crisis Wednesday in York.

“I wish there was a switch we could just flip to cut this crisis off,” Wagner said to the crowd of about 200 people. “But the truth to be told is not that simple — there’s no switch to flip.”

Wagner’s plan includes expanding investments into programs with track records of ending addiction, providing more resources to law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers, streamlining regulations for mental health services and revamping the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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PA Chamber floats tax reform plan including lower corporate tax rates, retirement income levy

PA Chamber floats tax reform plan including lower corporate tax rates, retirement income levy

A lower corporate income tax, a new tax on retirement income, regular property assessments and a broader sales tax base were all pitched in a new report on reforming Pennsylvania’s tax system sponsored by the PA Chamber.

The analysis, done by the conservative Tax Foundation, is an attempt to rectify what PA Chamber vice president of government affairs Sam Denisco said is a system with “a lot to be desired.” 

“For too long, our state’s uncompetitive tax structure has caused the Commonwealth to lag behind other states – missing out on economic opportunity and growth,” Denisco said in a statement. “In order to compete in today’s global economy, we need to take a page out of the federal government’s book and take a hard look at the shortcomings within the state’s Tax Code.”
Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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