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I Stand with Senator Pat Toomey

Posted: December 15, 2015

Senator Scott Wagner released a statement about standing behind Senator Pat Toomey. He said he considers Senator Toomey a “friend and a colleague” and believes he is being “attacked” by Katie McGinty, a candidate running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.


Bucks County Stops Payments to Harrisburg

Posted: December 15, 2015

Bucks County has stopped sending payments to Harrisburg because of the state budget conflict. Politicians in Harrisburg have been arguing over a state budget for five months. Bucks County collects as much as $5 million in taxes and have had to withdraw $6 million each month to cover state programs. The county could use all of its savings by the end of the year.


The Case for an Independent Inspector General – Sen. Ryan Aument and Rep. Mindy Fee

Posted: December 15, 2015

Senator Ryan Aument and Representative Mindy Fee introduced legislation that would focus on valuing current tax contributions that people make to the state government in hopes to pass a state budget. It would also give the Inspector General more tools to find waste, fraud and abuse.


Senate Passes Measure to Reduce Waste of Unused Property

Posted: December 15, 2015

The Senate approved a measure to seek out cost savings with the current use state-owned and state-leased properties. The Joint State Government Commission will be required to review the utilization and procurement of state owned and leased office space, storage facilities, garages, and other property. State Senator David Argall introduced this resolution after learning of several vacant and underutilized properties owned and leased by the state.


Senate Passes Greenleaf Legislation to Combine Dept. of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole

Posted: December 15, 2015

The PA State Senate passed Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s legislation that would consolidate the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. This is expected to result in cost savings and increase efficiency. The new Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will supervise parole agents and parolees.


New State Law Changes Requirements for Tax Collectors

Posted: November 4, 2015

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

Posted: November 4, 2015

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

Posted: November 4, 2015

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

Posted: November 4, 2015

Government Should Not be a Pawn for Public Union Election Activities

Posted: November 4, 2015

The NFIB released a statement in support is Senate Bill 501 which is a “paycheck protection’ bill that is headed to the House for a vote.