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New State Law Changes Requirements for Tax Collectors

Legislation that provides for greater accountability of locally elected tax collectors and includes a qualification exam, a continuing education program and criminal background checks for new tax collectors was recently signed into law.  It was sponsored by Rep. Mark Keller of Perry and Cumberland Counties.

Greenleaf’s Jury Duty Exemption for the Elderly, Breastfeeding Mothers, and Judges Signed into Law

Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation sponsored by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, now Act 54 of 2015, which permits persons 75 years of age and older to opt out of jury duty. The legislation also provides an exemption for breastfeeding mothers and judges.

Gov. Wolf Met by Crowd of Protesters at Media Campaign Event

The Governor received a wake up call this past weekend at an event in Media, Pennsylvania when he and Senator Bob Casey were met with protesters frustrated about the absence of a state budget. There were crowds present with a clear message: Do not raise taxes and pass the budget.

Senator Camera Bartolotta talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly

Greg Rothman Won the 87th District

In a special election held in August, Cumberland County GOP Chairman Greg Rothman won the 87th State House district seat. He is replacing Glenn Grell who left the position earlier this year to become the Executive Director of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System. The Pennsylvanian Future Fund proudly supports and welcomes Representative Rothman.

Joint Statement from Republican Leaders urging Governor Wolf to Pass Stopgap Budget

“As members of the General Assembly, we continue to do our job to ensure that taxpayers’ money being collected by Harrisburg is returned to schools and communities. Implementing this emergency funding plan is our best option to help fund our schools and human services organizations that are being hit hard by the loss of state funds. This is an opportunity to keep that money flowing back to our communities while we forge a compromise.”

Governor Wolf Plans to Veto House Passed Stopgap Budget

Pennsylvania has been operating without a budget since July 1st, so Republican State legislators have been meeting with the Governor to try to come up with solutions, however these attempts have been unsuccessful.  Last week, the House passed a stopgap budget in order to save schools and state funded agencies from dipping into reserves or taking out additional loans.  Governor Wolf has publicly said that he plans to veto this budget.

Judge Emil Giordano

Candidate for Superior Court

Judge Giordano is running for Superior Court in Pennsylvania.  He has a long record of unique accomplishments and experiences that make him the best candidate for the Superior Courts including presiding over 80 jury trials and trying over 20 juries in both state and federal courtrooms.  During his first year as Administrative Judge of Domestic Relations, he met all state mandated performance measures for the first time in history. Additionally, during his tenure as Administrative Judge of the Orphan’s Court Division in Northampton County, it became the first county in Pennsylvania to require nationally recognized certifications for all court appointed attorney guardians.  

Governor Wolf Holding out for More Tax Dollars

June 30th has come and gone, and while the legislature met its obligation to pass a balanced budget by the constitutionally required deadline, here we are two months later without a budget.  Are you still paying taxes?  I certainly am.

The state is still receiving the revenue needed to fund state agencies, service providers, and our schools.  Yet there is no authorization to spend that money because Governor Wolf chose to veto a budget that was balanced, did not raise taxes, and provided increased education funding.  Notably, two-thirds of the line items were funded at or above the amount that the Governor requested.

The budget impasse is being sustained by the governor, not the General Assembly

Click below to read the rest of an Op-Ed written by Senator Bob Mensch. “The most significant hurdle to enacting a state budget and relieving the burden on social service agencies stripped of funding is our very own governor.”