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Tobash Sponsors Bill in Good Jobs for Pennsylvania Package to Increase Employer Involvement in Career and Technical Ed

Mar. 25, 2019  Download

Lawmakers, students and supporters of improving workforce development programs rallied in Harrisburg on Monday to acknowledge the successful passage of a Good Jobs for Pennsylvania package of legislation by the full House. The 11-bill package would help match up interested students and individuals with the best training for their career paths. The bipartisan, career and technical education (CTE) package includes measures to address workforce shortages in business and industry, strengthen educational partnerships with employers, increase access to career oriented technical training and alleviate misperceptions regarding vocational education programs. Rep. Mike Tobash (Schuylkill, Dauphin) sponsored a bill in the package to encourage businesses to invest in Career and Technical Education.

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Tobash Comments on Education Committee Moving a Package of Workforce Development Bills Forward for Early Consideration

Feb. 20, 2019  Download

A package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education in Pennsylvania is moving through the House Education Committee toward early legislative action. At a press conference Monday in Harrisburg, a bipartisan group of lawmakers showcased the 8 bills aimed at putting Pennsylvania Families First by increasing job training opportunities, addressing the skills gap and solving the issue of skilled worker shortages that are viewed as holding back the state’s economy. Rep. Mike Tobash (Schuylkill, Dauphin) offered comments on his House Bill 522 which is part of the package of workforce development legislation.

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Rep. Mike Tobash Comments on Pension Report

Dec. 21, 2018  Download

The Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission has released its report, including recommendations to improve the transparency and management of investment expenses and returns of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). Comments are available from Commission Chair Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin)

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House Education Committee Moves to Bolster Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania

Apr. 18, 2018  Download

The House Education Committee has approved a bipartisan package of legislation designed to equip students with the technical and career skills they will need to thrive as they enter the workforce. The package of bills is the result of hearings held and data gathered from 2015 to 2016 by the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness.

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Package of Workforce Education Bills Approved by House Education Committee

Apr. 17, 2018  Download

The House Education Committee has approved a package of legislation designed to equip students with the technical and career skills they will need to thrive as they enter the workforce. Rep. Mike Tobash (Schuylkill, Dauphin), prime sponsor of House Bill 2156, said his bill would allow direct investment from those businesses which contribute to career and technical education organizations.

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Rep. Tobash Comments on Legislation to Streamline State Government

Feb. 21, 2018  Download

A package of legislation designed to streamline state government was the topic of a press conference held recently in Harrisburg. A group of House Republicans have introduced several pieces of legislation that would consolidate disparate government agencies that offer similar or duplicative services, as well as eliminate obsolete programs. Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill, Dauphin) offered his support of the effort to reduce the size of state government.

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Rep. Tobash Comments on Efforts to Control Budget Spending

Feb. 01, 2018  Download

In anticipation of the Governor’s Budget Address next week, a group of lawmakers gathered in Harrisburg on Thursday to ask the Governor and legislators to craft a state spending plan that forces Pennsylvania to live within its means. Members of the Commonsense Caucus commented on the economic impact of overregulation, the burden of duplicitous government programs, and the stagnating effect of welfare programs which discourage workforce participation, as well as the hole the state has dug for itself by allowing spending to outpace our rate of growth.

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Rep. Tobash Comments on House Republican Welfare Reform Plan

Jan. 02, 2018  Download

House Republican lawmakers called for action on legislation to help contain costs and bring real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system. Reps. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) announced a package of bills Tuesday in Harrisburg to give more Pennsylvania families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current benefit system. The package also contains measures aimed at enhancing the value of work and strong families, while recognizing that those receiving benefits need help to gain financial independence, not continue a life of dependence.Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill & Dauphin) spoke at the news conference and offered comments on the package of legislation.

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Rep. Tobash Comments on "Taxpayer's Budget"

Sep. 05, 2017  Download

In an effort to protect Pennsylvanians from widespread tax increases proposed as a method to close the state’s budget deficit, a group of House Republican Lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bring the Commonwealth’s spending plan into balance without dipping into the checkbooks of taxpayers. The “Taxpayer’s Budget” would utilize money currently sitting idle in over 200 state-held accounts and redirect it to close budgetary shortfalls.

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Tobash Comments on Passage of Landmark Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 08, 2017  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s state employee and public school employee retirement systems has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1 would establish a hybrid retirement benefit plan, including defined benefit and defined contribution components. New employees would be mandatory members of the new hybrid plan.