Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

As three unemployment compensation call centers have stopped taking calls and a December 19 furlough date looms for nearly 600 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry, Republican Senators are increasing their demand for an accounting of how UC money has been spent and transferred in the past.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 24

In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) about property tax reform/elimination, his efforts in that regard, where things stand, and where things are going.

Friday, September 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Senators seek to bolster Office of Inspector General

Senators seek to bolster Office of Inspector General

Senators David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) are hoping to decrease welfare fraud by hiring additional staff for the Office of Inspector General to investigate claims about possible welfare misconduct.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views

School district property tax elimination measure fails in Senate

Hopes of passing what sponsors believed would be a measure to put a stake in the heart of Pennsylvania’s school district property taxes were dashed Monday night, as their proposal failed along the narrow margin of 24 to 24, with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack voting in the negative to break the tie.

The proposal was voted on as an amendment to House Bill 683.

Prime sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) said the school district property tax system in effect today is the “same, stupid, unfair” tax that has existed since 1834.

“Again and again we have tried, but we have not succeeded [in eliminating the tax],” he said. “Today is the day and it’s long overdue.”

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Property tax elimination vote put off amid technical concerns

A tentatively scheduled vote on a plan that would completely eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania was nixed Tuesday amid technical concerns that sponsors of the plan have agreed to address in advance of a vote by the full Senate now tentatively scheduled for next week.

"Today was supposed to be a full Senate vote to consider the elimination of school property taxes – a proposal drafted by over 80 grassroots taxpayer advocacy groups from across the state," read a released statement from the proposal's sponsors. "Some minor technical concerns regarding the bill’s implementation have been raised. We agreed to make tweaks to the proposal and have it considered next week by the full Senate.”

When asked about the proposal, Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) said there is an interest in moving the proposal next week so long as the issues are taken care of.

“We’re taking a look at it, making sure it’s in a form that members are comfortable with,” he said. “It’s a significant bill, a lot of moving parts. There’s been questions raised regarding some of the provisions of it to make sure it works properly, so there’s been a conversation amongst our front office and the sponsors of the bill to make sure those concerns are addressed and the plan is to move it later."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views