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General Assembly Passes Budget, Pension Reform and Liquor Privatization

PA House GOP News - 7 hours 35 min ago
HARRISBURG – Calling it a historic day in Pennsylvania, Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) voted with the majority to send three major pieces of legislation to the governor, including the 2015-16 state budget, public pension reform and liquor privatization.
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Maloney Votes to Approve Historic Pension Reform Legislation

PA House GOP News - 7 hours 38 min ago
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, which would shift state and public school employees hired after Jan. 1, 2016, from a defined benefit plan to a hybrid 401(k)-style and cash balance plan for current and future employees, was passed today by the House on a predominantly party-line vote.
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Heffley Issues Statement Following House Vote to Approve Pension Reform Legislation

PA House GOP News - 7 hours 39 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today voted with the majority of his House colleagues to approve legislation (Senate Bill 1) that would reform Pennsylvania’s pension systems.
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House Passes Historic Liquor Privatization

PA House GOP News - 7 hours 52 min ago
HARRISBURG – The state House today voted in favor of a bill that would privatize the Commonwealth’s liquor system (House Bill 466), according to York County House Republican state Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township). The members issued the following statement:
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Wine and Liquor Sales Not a Core Function of Government, Lancaster GOP Delegation Says

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 17 min ago
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County House Republican delegation hailed tonight’s positive vote by both houses of the General Assembly sending legislation, House Bill 466, to reform Pennsylvania’s antiquated liquor and wine sales system to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.
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Kaufer Approves Public Pension Reform Measure and Plan to Get the State out of the Liquor Business

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 19 min ago
HARRISBURG – After Tuesday’s votes in the House, where two important proposals, Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure, and House Bill 466, a plan to get Pennsylvania out of the liquor business, were both passed, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement:
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Petri Asks: ‘Which of Wolf’s Taxes Are You Willing to Pay?’

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 27 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) said the $30.8 billion General Fund budget passed in the House on Saturday funds the core functions of government, adds record levels of funding for basic education and does not raise taxes. The Legislature’s budget contrasts sharply with the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who proposed a substantial tax hike to pay for a host of spending increases including K-12 education. In fact, the governor’s proposed new spending plan comes with a price tag of about $8 billion in new taxes.
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Knowles: House Approves Public Pension Reform and Liquor Privatization Bills

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 38 min ago
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the state House approved a public pension reform measure and a liquor privatization plan, and both have been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his consideration. After the votes, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) issued the following statement:
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Kampf Joins House in Passing Historic Pension Reform

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 41 min ago
HARRISBURG - Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery) today joined a majority of his colleagues in the state’s lower chamber in passing historic pension reforms that he has fought for since his election to the House of Representatives.
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Ellis Votes ‘Yes’ on Public Pension Reform and Liquor Divestment Bills in House

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 50 min ago
HARRISBURG – The state House approved Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure, and House Bill 466, a liquor divestment plan, on Tuesday, Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) said. After the votes, Ellis made the following statement:
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Brown Supports Public Pension Reform Plan to Help Property Taxpayers

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 53 min ago
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the state House approved Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure that would establish a hybrid 401(K)-style and cash balance plan for future state and school employees, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) said. After the vote, Brown made the following statement:
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James Votes for Public Pension Reform Approved by House

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 54 min ago
HARRISBURG – Noting the large impact that public pension costs have on local property taxes, Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) today voted for a bill that would reform Pennsylvania’s public pension systems and save taxpayers money.
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It’s a Good Day for Pennsylvania Taxpayers, Bloom Says

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 55 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) today released a statement following historic votes in the General Assembly on three statewide issues that directly impact Pennsylvania schools, communities and taxpayers:
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Culver Votes in Favor of Public Pension Reform Measure

PA House GOP News - 8 hours 58 min ago
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform bill that would help preserve benefits for current retirees and the future benefits of current employees. After the vote, Culver issued the following statement:
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Masser Supports Public Pension Reform Measure in House

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 58 sec ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) voted in favor of Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure that would establish a hybrid 401(K)-style and cash balance plan for future state and school employees. After the vote on Tuesday, Masser made the following statement:
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Saccone Hails Passage of Historic Pension Reform, Liquor Privatization Bills

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 2 min ago
HARRISBURG – Following the passage of sweeping legislation to privatize the state’s wine and spirit stores and replace the current public employee pension system with a hybrid plan for new hires, Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) called on Gov. Tom Wolf to heed the call of the people and sign the legislation into law.
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Christiana Votes to Get Government Out of the Booze Business

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 5 min ago
HARRISBURG – Following a vote in favor of the measure today, Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver/Washington) released the following statement on the passage of House Bill 466, a measure to end the state monopoly of liquor sales:
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Staats Votes for Pension and Liquor Reform

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 7 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Craig Staats (R-Bucks) today voted with a majority of his House colleagues to send bills that would reform Pennsylvania’s pension and state-store systems to the governor for his signature.
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Ortitay Votes to Get PA Out of the Liquor Business

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 14 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today announced that the House and the Senate have passed House Bill 466, reaching an agreement that would privatize the state’s liquor system. Pennsylvania is one of just two states that maintain full control of the wholesale and retail sale of wine and spirits.
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Millard Votes to Privatize State Liquor System

PA House GOP News - 9 hours 15 min ago
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick) today announced that the House and the Senate have passed House Bill 466. The legislation would privatize the state-run liquor system in Pennsylvania, which is one of just two states in the country that maintain full control of the wholesale and retail sale of wine and spirits.
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