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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Improving Pennsylvania’s Jobs Climate is the Main Issue On House Agenda Next Week; Reducing the Size of the House to be Voted in Committee

LinkImproving Pennsylvania’s Jobs Climate is the Main Issue On House Agenda Next Week; Reducing the Size of the House to be Voted in Committee

The state House returns to session on Monday, Jan. 23, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.

Improving the Commonwealth Jobs Climate
As state revenues come in lower than anticipated, and agencies are trying to cope with less money, House Republicans believe, “the best social program is a good economy.”

Following up on this week’s successful vote to help curb lawsuit abuse (House Bill 1907, capping punitive damages for long-term care facilities), the House will again put its focus on improving the state’s economy and jobs climate.

While the unemployment rate dropped for the third straight month, topping more than 7.5 percent is still too high according to House GOP members. The top priority of the House Republican Caucus is to make improvements to the Commonwealth’s jobs climate and lower the cost of doing business in the state. Republicans are concerned that according to various reports and business groups, Pennsylvania has one of the highest costs of doing business in the country when combining state and local taxes, fees, regulatory requirements and health care. Improvements will lead to higher employment and economic growth.

The House will consider two bills next week aimed specifically at job creators: House Bill 1972 (Rep. Justin Simmons, R-Lehigh/Northampton) would remove the sunset provision on the existing Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. The R&D Tax Credit supports start-up, highly advanced businesses within the Commonwealth.

House Bill 2022 (Rep. Mike Peifer, R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) would create a state "One Stop Shop Business Permit and License Portal." The online portal for businesses creates personal accounts to submit and track permits and licenses; it offers opportunities to make payments on licenses and permits; and tracks the status of applied-for permits.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, a bi-partisan group of legislators, led by Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Policy Committee Chairman, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. in front of the lieutenant governor’s office in the Capitol to announce an initiative to make Pennsylvania more competitive for job creators. The group will announce proposed reforms to the state’s antiquated business tax structure to bring more equity and fairness to all job creators.

By working together, the House Republicans, Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett are working to change the state’s reputation and throw open Pennsylvania’s doors to job creation and retention.

Getting Our Own House in Order
The House State Government Committee will be voting on House Bill 153, sponsored by Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), aimed at reducing the size of the General Assembly. The bill, a constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the state House of Representatives from 203 members to 153, would require the same bill be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.

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.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

This is nothing but REPUBLICAN propaganda. They have done nothing to help the job climate in PA since taking over. If it doesn't help big business, they aren't for it.