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Thursday, April 21, 2011

PA House Returns To Session Tuesday, April 26

Continuing Mandate Relief for Municipalities, Welfare Integrity Reform and Expanding Education Opportunities on Tap at PA House

The state House returns to session on Tuesday, April 26, to deal with various issues of importance.

Increasing Educational Opportunities for Students, School Safety in Philadelphia, and School District Mandate Relief to be voted in House Education Committee Meeting

Political leaders have attempted to bridge the gap between today's employers and tomorrow's employees through the Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC works because it is a unique business/education partnership. Through the EITC, the state provides companies with a 75 percent tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization; the tax credit increases to 90 percent if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to $300,000 in tax credits annually. EITC provides children and families with a choice in their education and a chance in life, the program expands educational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. With 111 co-sponsors, the EITC legislation is scheduled for a committee vote on Tuesday.

Welfare Integrity to Ensure those in Need, Have the Resources Available

Continuing the debate on the House Republican eight bill legislative package known as WelFAIR (Fairness, Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility), aimed at improving the integrity of the state’s welfare system following an array of reports over the last several years depicting egregious instances of waste, fraud and abuse, three bills will be debated and voted on. Random testing for welfare recipients previously convicted of felony drug charges; restricting transportation to methadone clinics; and reforming the “Special Allowance” fund to “Job Transition Loans” are the bills for the upcoming week.

Raising Bid Limits, e-auctions, and local tax collections for Local Government Equals Mandate Relief

The House will debate bills, part of the 17-bill package to increase non-bid contract maximums, saving municipalities from the costs of advertising and bidding low-costing contracts and services. The two bills under consideration next week deal with authorities. Another bill to be voted would allow municipal property to be auctioned through the internet. Finally, a bill to allow the county treasurer in third to eighth class counties to collect municipal taxes.

As various state programs will experience budget cuts this year due to the economy, helping municipalities save money is one of the priorities House members are working together to accomplish.

The Weekly Schedule

Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House floor.
The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted HERE.


Anonymous said...

Do NOT raise bid limits for townships ! This will only hurt the hurt the taxpayers more! I see under the table dealings all the time! This will only make it worse!There are already township people draining the taxpayers checkbook!

Anonymous said...

Maybe our recently re-elected Representative can assist. He's on the radio a lot with a bunch of BS - he's already in - he can do and say whatever he wants now.