Late Sen. Waugh honored on House floor

Mike Waugh poses in the large arena of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this year. Waugh resigned as a York County state senator and has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jason Plotkin)

Mike Waugh poses in the large arena of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this year. Waugh resigned as a York County state senator and has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Jason Plotkin)

Sen. Mike Waugh, a York County Republican who died on Oct. 8, 2014, was honored today in speech by Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Red Lion, on the floor of the Pennsylvania House.

Related: Mike Waugh, longtime York County Republican lawmaker, dies

In the speech, Saylor traced his own history with Waugh to point out the various ways he said he felt Waugh differed from other lawmakers.

For one, he said, Waugh was involved in a lot of things for many years but never seemed to take the credit he was due.

One of those accomplishments was his instrumental work to pass a statewide building code by finding common ground between the extreme views on a prospective code. That, Saylor said, also illustrated his ability to unify people.

Saylor said Waugh made sure the entire York County delegation met every month to be a united front for York County’s needs. Those meetings continued, he said, despite the changing faces in the York County delegation over the years.

Related: Friends, associates remember Mike Waugh

A partially completed transcript of the speech after the jump. Continue reading “Late Sen. Waugh honored on House floor” »

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Gov. Tom Wolf wants to cut the corporate net income tax rate by half

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to cut Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax rate by half to make it one of the lowest in the country.

He announced the proposal Wednesday, along with plans to eliminate the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and close tax loopholes through combined reporting.

He also proposed a ‘Made In Pennsylvania Job Creation Program’ through a $5 million tax credit. The tax credit will be given to “manufacturing companies that are creating good paying, middle class jobs,” his administration said in a news release.

The proposals will be included as part of his proposed 2015-16 state budget, which he will unveil on Tuesday.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the corporate net income tax brought in $2.42 billion for the state.

Pennsylvania has a flat 9.99 percent corporate income tax rate, the second highest rate in the nation. Iowa has the highest rate, but that state has a graduated corporate income tax, so the rate varies based on income, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

The Wolf administration said bringing the rate to 4.99 percent would make it the fourth lowest in the nation.

Here is a deep dive we did during the campaign about corporate tax loopholes. The corporate income tax was one of the issues we looked at in this October story.

Full release, after the jump:

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Interactive data: Where to get education funding data and how to sort it

We are working on an article about education funding and how support from state government in Pennsylvania compares to the states in the rest of the country. Here’s a guide for where to get the data and how to sort it.

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Which states provide the most for elementary and secondary public school systems

We’ve sorted the rankings by percentage, not by actual expenditures. The funding for federal, state and local sources represent percentages. They may not equal 100 percent because of rounding.

Green = states that rank in the top 10 for the percentage of their support.

Gray = states that rank from 11 to 40.

Red = states that rank from 41 to 50.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau for the fiscal year ending in 2012.

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Keeping track of Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda

We’ll be keeping track of various parts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda here. Stay tuned.

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda: Expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs

We’ll be keeping track of Gov. Tom Wolf’s progress on expanding pre-kindergarten programs in Pennsylvania, which he talked about during his campaign. For now, check out this story about a campaign stop he made at York Day Nursery.

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Gov. Tom Wolfs agenda: Campaign finance reform

We’ll be keeping track of Gov. Tom Wolf’s progress on campaign finance reform, which he proposed during his campaign for governor. We’ll have updates later.

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Perry: Obama’s ‘radical ideology’ driving Keystone veto promise

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry shakes hands with Speaker of the House John Boehner in January. (File [YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN])

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry shakes hands with Speaker of the House John Boehner in January. (File [YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN])

Now that both chambers of the U.S. Congress have passed the U.S. Senate’s Keystone XL Pipeline bill, the project’s fate moves to President Barack Obama, who has promised to veto.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township — who represents York and portions of Adams and Dauphin Counties in the U.S. House — was one of the 241 Republicans and 29 Democrats to pass the bill with 63 percent of the vote.

While Perry sounded happy about the outcome of the bill over the phone Wednesday night, he didn’t hold much hope for the future due to what he called Obama’s “radical ideology” driving the veto promise. Continue reading “Perry: Obama’s ‘radical ideology’ driving Keystone veto promise” »

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda: Not kicking the can down the road on pensions

Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’ll tackle the state’s pension problems. We’ll be keeping track.

For now, here’s some history on the issue.

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda: Expand Medicaid

We’ll be keeping track of Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to expand Medicaid. For now, here is some recent coverage.

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