Feb. 05, 2019 Download
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34.15 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. House Republicans said the Commonwealth should be focused on controlling spending and the education and development of our workforce..
Jun. 16, 2016 Download
Legislation that would protect the consumers of online daily fantasy sports gaming and require fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been unanimously approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg. According to bill sponsor Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), the Commonwealth currently has no law on the books regarding fantasy sports gaming and this legislation would provide for regulations and consumer protections similar to those extended to casino patrons.
Mar. 11, 2016 Download
House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.
Feb. 22, 2016 Download
The House Majority Policy Committee today launched PennSAVE, a Republican-led effort to find ways to save taxpayer dollars by cutting government waste and inefficiencies. The PennSAVE acronym stands for: savings, accountability, value and efficiency. The special task force will be run by a subcommittee of the House Majority Policy Committee and will research several potential cost-saving measures across state government, including state agency and program consolidations; unaddressed audit findings; reform of government procurement policies and “corporate welfare” programs, as well as overall waste, fraud and abuse in the system. Comments are now available from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) on this new cost saving initiative.
Feb. 10, 2016 Download
Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was announced Tuesday in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.