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Week of February 13, 2017
Taxpayer Protection Act and Small Business Reform
The PA Senate
Finance Committee, chaired by
Senator Hutchinson passed my
Senate Bill 7, the “Taxpayer Protection Act”, which would limit the growth
in state government spending. Every second, the Commonwealth spends $999 of
your hard-earned tax moneys. $59,995 every minute, over $3 Million an hour, and
over $86 Million every day. Since 1970, Pennsylvania’s population has grown
7.7%, while the Commonwealth’s General Fund Budget has grown 1,010%.
SB 7 attempts to address these burdens and would limit – not reduce – the
growth in state government spending through the lower of the following
- Limit state government spending to the average change
in personal income for the three preceding calendar years, OR;
- Limit state government spending to the average
inflation rate plus the average percentage change in state population over
the three preceding years (with exceptions for certain extraordinary
The “Taxpayer Protection Act” would also require:
- 25% of any moneys in excess of these limits be returned
to the taxpayers.
- 25% be allocated to the Rainy Day Fund to help balance
state budgets during trying economic times.
- 50% to help pay down the unfunded liabilities of the
Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employees’
Retirement System (SERS).
Committee also approved a Small Business Reform Package, including: my
SB 201 (Like-kind Exchanges),
SB 202 (Net Operating Loss), and
SB 203 (Section 179 Expense Deductions), as well as
SB 173 (Taxpayer Protection Act Constitutional Amendment). These bills,
SB 7, advance to the full Senate for consideration.
Bills Pass Senate, Go to House for Further Consideration
Senate Bill 3 (32-18)
– reduces maximum gestational age for legal abortions to 20 weeks from 24 weeks
and prohibits dismemberment abortions;
Senate Bill 10 (37-12)
– prevents municipalities and counties from designating themselves as “sanctuary
Senate Bill 166 (28-22)
– public employee “paycheck protection” to ensure political campaign funds are
not collected with taxpayer resources;
Senate Bill 170 (38-11)
– Delaware River Port Authority changes;
Senate Bill 181 performance based budget legislation (passed unanimously);
Senate Bill 241 (36-14)
– amends the Equal Pay Law.
Lebanon County Commission for Women Glass Slipper
Lebanon County Commission for Women will hold the Glass Slipper prom dress
sale 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 24, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25 at the
Lebanon Valley Mall (2231 Cumberland St.) in the previous Fashion Bug location.
The sale is open to Lebanon County high school students, and dresses (new and
gently used) will be sold for $10. A fashion show will be held at the stage
near Boscov’s Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. prior to the sale.
Gently used dresses (cleaned and on hangers) will be
collected 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 18 at the Mall, and the following locations
will also be accepting donations Feb. 13-17: Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS
– 615 Cumberland St., Lebanon), TempForce (827 Cumberland St., Lebanon), The
Annex (50 N. Railroad St., Palmyra), Prudential Gacono Real Estate (50 W. Main
St., Annville), Jonestown Bank (2 W. Market St., Jonestown), and Wengers of
Myerstown Construction Building (west side of Rt. 501, Myerstown). For more
information, contact TempForce at (717) 273-8811, or LFHS at (717) 273-6741.
Farm to School Mini Grant Awarded to York Suburban
York Suburban School District was awarded a $905 Farm to School Mini Grant
PA Department of Education. The grants are intended to provide students
with access to fresh, healthy food sourced locally. York Suburban Middle School
will utilize the grant to conduct taste tests of locally produced food items,
including different varieties of lettuce, fresh beans and root vegetables.
I was also pleased to participate in a York Suburban town
hall meeting on
Senate Bill 76 to eliminate school property taxes through expansion of the
Sales and Personal Income taxes. You can read about it in
The York Dispatch article written by Junior Gonzalez. Thanks to everyone
Congressman Costello February Lebanon Community Office
Congressman Ryan Costello will hold Community Office Hours in my Lebanon
District Office (101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street, Lebanon) from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th. If you have any questions, please
contact Kori Walter,
Congressman Costello’s District Director at (610) 376-7630.
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