Author Archives: Ed Mahon

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.

What people are saying about Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Tom Wolf said he would veto the entire budget bill, which the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Here’s what people are saying about the decision (comments below came from statements): House Democrats praised the move. “Republicans wasted a … Continue reading

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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said he’s concerned about National Park Service’s Confederate flag decision

I asked U.S. Rep. Scott Perry’s office about the National Park Service’s request that vendors that run its stores voluntarily remove Confederate flag-related merchandise, specifically stand-alone Confederate flags. Perry, R-York County, represents Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Gettysburg. Here is Perry’s … Continue reading

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Mailers target Republicans opposed to Wolf’s extraction tax

In April, we wrote about mailers targeting the districts of 15 lawmakers, including Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner of York County. Those mailers criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal. Andrew Staub at PA Independent has a story about mailers targeting lawmakers for … Continue reading

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How state senators voted on Senate Bill 1

On May 13, the state Senate voted 28-19 to pass Senate Bill 1, which would make big changes to Pennsylvania’s public pensions systems. All of the Democrats in the Senate and one Republican voted against it. Here is how lawmakers voted, … Continue reading

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Did your state representative vote for the House property tax plan?

Here’s a map showing which state representatives voted for the House plan to cut school property taxes by raising state sales and personal income tax rates. The map below represents the final vote on May 13. Dark red = Republican yes … Continue reading

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Independent Fiscal Office says Pa. would have highest severance tax under Wolf’s plan

An analysis from the state Independent Fiscal Office estimates that Pennsylvania would have the highest effective severance tax rate under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal, compared to other major gas producing states. You can read the analysis below:     Testimony 6 … Continue reading

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About Wolf’s proposed rent rebate program

Here is a look at some of the requirements for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed rent rebate program: Property Tax Relief (4) (PDF) Property Tax Relief (4) (Text)

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How Wolf’s tax plan would affect homeowners differently

How Wolf’s tax plan would affect homeowners differently | Create infographics Reduction for average homeowner | Create infographics

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Gov. Tom Wolf names Auditor General Eugene DePasquale head of municipal pension task force

Gov. Tom Wolf has picked state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to head a task force on municipal pensions. The municipal pension issue recently caused a clash between several Democratic mayors and Democratic state lawmakers. In a letter to DePasquale, Wolf … Continue reading

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What would and would not be covered by Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed sales tax expansion

Expanding the state sales and use tax is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. Exemptions would remain for: •grocery store food; most clothing and footwear; prescription drugs and orthopedic equipment; gasoline and motor fuels; physician and dental services; hospital … Continue reading

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