House committee advances tax amnesty proposal

House committee advances tax amnesty proposal

The House Finance Committee Tuesday advanced legislation by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) that would provide for a new tax amnesty proposal that could, according to supporters, garner $150 million for next year’s budget.

The bill, House Bill 1888, passed the committee with 18-6 bipartisan support and would allow taxpayers to satisfy existing tax liabilities and only pay half the interest without prosecution.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) led the bicameral legislative Taxpayers’ Caucus Tuesday in a news conference unveiling more than $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources they say should be used before lawmakers turn to taxpayers to fill any existing budget holes.

“This is a new day and I don’t think Harrisburg has seen this before,” said Sen. Wagner about the things identified in the report, which also include recommendations about how to more effectively budget and implement economic growth strategies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee took up two higher profile bills Tuesday - one would provide an increase to managers of state corrections officers to deal with the issue of pay compression where corrections officers could potentially earn more than their supervisors, and the other would provide for automatic sealing of criminal records of some misdemeanors to build on Act 5 of 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

During a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, and Government Operations, Department of Environmental Protection Sec. John Quigley told members that the department’s efforts to develop a state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan has been put on “low boil” after the US Supreme Court put a stay on the plan’s implementation until the federal judiciary decides the ultimate fate of the federal mandates.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - March 4, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - March 4, 2016

This week Rotunda Ramblings from The PLS Reporter is talking government efficiency and cost-savings endeavors. We sit down with Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) to talk about PennSAVE, which was recently launched by the House Republican Caucus; Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) gives us the details on his SavePA effort; and Secretary of the Office of Administration Sharon Minnich provides and update on GO-TIME.

Listen to the latest podcast episode HERE.

Friday, March 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
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