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.
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. Seth Grove (R-York) attended the news conference and offered comments on the package of legislation.
Sep. 13, 2017 Download
The Pennsylvania House approved an amended state revenue plan on Wednesday that puts taxpayers first and does not require any increase in state taxes. The revenue plan authored by House Republicans is viewed as a financially responsible effort that not does not rely on additional state borrowing and calls for the utilization of existing funds in dormant state accounts to help balance the nearly $32 billion state budget. The amended revenue plan now returns to the Senate for consideration. Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) commented on passage of the legislation:
Jun. 20, 2017 Download
A plan to bring in additional revenues for Pennsylvania state government by using targeted tax cuts to spur business growth was unveiled Tuesday in Harrisburg. The state’s current Corporate Net Income Tax (CNI) rate of 9.99 percent is one of the highest in the nation and is widely seen as a barrier to economic growth. Lawmakers said House Bill 1584 would make Pennsylvania more economically competitive by cutting the CNI rate, mirroring the 1981 Kemp-Roth federal law that generated a historic increase in business activity and tax revenues. Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) commented on the proposed legislation.
May. 24, 2017 Download
The Pennsylvania House this week took action on legislation to help provide improved treatment programs for the growing number of Lyme disease patients in the state. Over the course of the past six years, Pennsylvania has ranked highest in the country among states in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, with 12,200 cases of the tick borne disease reported in 2016. Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill which would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s medical practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatments. Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) supported the legislation and said this is a big step toward helping the thousands of Pennsylvania citizens suffering from this disease.
Jan. 13, 2017 Download
The Legislative Report Program/Podcast with Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
May. 24, 2016 Download
A bicameral group of lawmakers has released the “Taxpayers’ Framework for Pennsylvania,” a comprehensive report identifying more than $3 billion in savings and efficiencies in state government. The report, released by the Pennsylvania Taxpayer’s Caucus, also includes recommendations to address the 2016-17 budget deficit with department specific policy proposals and savings derived from recommendations from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators.
May. 04, 2016 Download
Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was joined by members of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools at a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg to call on lawmakers to adopt an education funding formula that provides equal dollars for traditional public and charter school facilities. Rep. Grove said fair funding is needed to ensure that both public and charter schools are prepared to provide the best education possible for students in Pennsylvania.
Feb. 09, 2016 Download
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today 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.