HARRISBURG – In continuing his efforts to address Pennsylvania’s massive public pension debt, which totals more than $56 billion, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined the majority of his House colleagues in favorably voting for a pension reform plan, which he has sponsored. Tobash’s plan takes an important step in implementing public pension reform. Current employees are not affected, and billions in savings are expected as the state moves its pension systems into the 21st century.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday afternoon, the House State Government Committee voted in favor of Rep. Mike Tobash’s (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) legislation to establish a reformed retirement benefit plan, containing both defined benefit and defined contribution components, for future state and public school employees. After the vote on House Bill 1499, Tobash made the following statement:
HARRISBURG, April 21 – The state has awarded $1.4 million in grants to fire and EMS companies across Schuylkill County, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman, Jerry Knowles, and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced.
It’s mid-April, and K-12 students have only a few more weeks until the 2015-16 school year is in the books. This is the time of year where classes and curricula should continue, while students and teachers prep for spring field trips and other end-of-the-year events the kids worked hard for and look forward to all year.
HARRISBURG, April 8 – Pottsville will receive a $274,500 grant that will help improve sidewalks in a section of the city targeted for revitalization, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced.
HARRISBURG, April 1 – The Schuylkill Conservation District will receive a $67,024 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to again monitor water quality on the Upper Swatara Creek, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced.
HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced he will allow the General Assembly’s latest 2015-16 budget plan to become law. Following the press conference, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) made the following statement:
HARRISBURG – In continuing his efforts to learn more about the needs and opportunities that exist within Pennsylvania’s private sector, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) joined his colleagues on the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness at a public hearing in Pittsburgh on Friday.
HARRISBURG – In another attempt to complete Pennsylvania’s state budget, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) voted in favor of House Bill 1801 on Wednesday. The bill funds items cut by Gov. Tom Wolf as part of his Dec. 29 line-item veto.
LANSFORD – Local legislators from the House Republican Caucus are rejecting Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including an increase to the Personal Income Tax as part of his annual budget proposal. That 11 percent tax increase (retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016), along with several others, would amount to an annual tax hike of $2.7 billion. The legislators included Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe), Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin).
COOPERSBURG - State legislators from Lehigh and Schuylkill counties today said they will continue to oppose the retroactive, broad-based tax increase being pushed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
WHAT: A news conference to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal, along with its expected impact on constituents and local small businesses. The lawmakers will speak in opposition to the governor’s neglect of school property tax reform, and his proposed $3.6 billion increase in new state taxes. Local business people will also speak.
WHAT: A news conference where local lawmakers will discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal. Wolf is proposing a $3.6 billion increase in taxes. The lawmakers will voice their opposition to the governor’s plan to take money out of people’s pockets, and even their savings accounts.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) issued the following statement today after listening to Gov. Tom Wolf’s address before a joint session of the General Assembly and reviewing Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year:
While the process of establishing the state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year has proven to be anything but easy, the way we go about the budgeting process in general is really quite simple. A budget is merely a projection of how much money there is, and how much will be spent.