HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) today announced his support for a responsible budget which would spend $30.18 billion, increase funding for education and fund government programs that serve needy citizens, without any new or increased taxes on Pennsylvania’s hard-working citizens.
House Makes Necessary Revisions to PA Background Check Law
To further clarify the types of volunteers and employees who are required to obtain background checks to work with children, this week, the House passed House Bill 1276. The legislation is designed to more clearly define who is and who is not subject to the background check requirements and, where possible, make the requirements less onerous for volunteers, nonprofit organizations, employees and employers.
Wolf’s Proposed Budget Voted Down
The House voted unanimously this week against an amendment which included the tax increases found in Gov. Tom Wolf’s $33.8 billion proposed budget to fund a proposed 16 percent increase in government spending. The Independent Fiscal Office recently indicated the tax hikes would negatively impact residents all across the state from all income groups. In addition to tax increases, the governor’s budget plan also included an expansion of the sales tax, applying it to many more products and services such as diapers, caskets, room and board for college students, day care services, and nursing home services. Now, a budget negotiation process will begin with both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office. The deadline for the final budget to be passed is June 30.
HARRISBURG – Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) and Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced this week that five area projects in Pike County have been chosen to receive state grants through the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Finance Authority’s (CFA) Local Share Account program.
Right-Sizing the Pennsylvania General Assembly
This week, the House State Government Committee voted in favor of two bills to reduce the size of the state House and Senate. House Bill 153 would reduce the size of the House by 52 seats, from 203 to 151. House Bill 384 would reduce the size of the Senate from 50 members to 37.
Heating Assistance Extended Through May
Homeowners struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program was scheduled to end in early April but was extended due to the severity of the winter across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The Wayne County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the state’s Cultural and Historical Grant Program, Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wane) announced today.
HARRISBURG – The Pike County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the state’s Cultural and Historical Grant Program, Reps. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Pike/Monroe) and Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wane) announced today.
HARRISBURG – Applications are now available for Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Rep. Mike Peifer (R- Pike/Wayne) said today.
This week marked the beginning of “budget season” in Harrisburg, and on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget priorities and spending plan to a joint session of the General Assembly. A 16 percent budget increase from last year, Wolf presented a $33.8 billion proposal that would take us to historic levels of spending, with nearly $4.7 billion in new spending alone. As proposed, Pennsylvania families would see a 21 percent increase in their Personal Income Tax liabilities.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) announced today that his legislation to help school entities make up instructional time following a weather-, health- or safety-related emergency passed the House unanimously, and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.