Jun. 26, 2019 Download
House lawmakers have voted to support a 2019-20 General Fund budget that continues a multi-year effort to hold the line on taxes, fees and spending. Total state spending would be set at $33.997 billion, a 1.8% increase over the current fiscal year, which is in line with the rate of inflation. The plan provides for a record level of spending on education and includes a deposit of more than $250 million into the Rainy-Day Fund, the state’s primary “savings account.” Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) offered the following comments on the spending priorities of the budget plan.
May. 06, 2019 Download
Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) spoke Monday, May 6, at a rally in support of House Bill 11, which he sponsored. House Bill 11 would recognize the nuclear industry as a creator of carbon-free energy.
Mar. 20, 2019 Download
A package of bills designed to bolster career and technical education and increase the number of family sustaining jobs in the Commonwealth have been approved by the Pennsylvania House and are on their way to the Senate for consideration. The Good Jobs for PA initiative is designed to help students prepare for the changing job market, while offering employers an avenue to help develop educational programs that will yield workers who have the skills Pennsylvania businesses need.
Mar. 11, 2019 Download
In an effort to prevent the premature and permanent closure of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants, Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) today introduced legislation updating the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act to recognize nuclear energy for its significant contribution to the state’s zero-carbon energy production. Known as the Keep Powering Pennsylvania Act, House Bill 11 would amend Pennsylvania’s AEPS Act to include nuclear energy as a qualifying zero emissions energy resource. Mehaffie said this change would help control future electricity costs for consumers and ensure that existing nuclear power plants remain a viable source for Pennsylvania’s base load electricity supply.
Feb. 22, 2019 Download
A new Legislative Report Program-Podcast with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. This brief public affairs report may be used in its entirety or edited for actualities to use in state government news coverage. In this program Rep. Mehaffie discusses his recent appointment as co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are concerned about the impacts of recent changes in the state’s electric power generation industry and the negative economic effects that could result from the closure of PA’s nuclear fueled generation plants.
Feb. 05, 2019 Download
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. Rep. Tom Mehaffies (R-Dauphin) said he was pleased to see the Governor's budget plan contains spending increases for early childhood education.
Dec. 10, 2018 Download
A new Legislative Report Program-Podcast with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. This brief public affairs report may be used in its entirety or edited for actualities to use in state government news coverage. In this program Rep. Mehaffie discusses a detailed report recently released by the Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus about the impacts of the nuclear energy industry on the state’s communities, economy, and environment; as well as options under consideration by lawmakers to prevent the premature closure of PA’s fleet of electric power generation plants that are fueled by nuclear energy, including Three Mile Island.
Oct. 29, 2018 Download
A new Legislative Report Program-Podcast with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. This brief public affairs report may be used in its entirety or edited for actualities to use in state government news coverage. The topic of this report is House Bill 2557, now Act 124 of 2018, that allows the city of Harrisburg to exit Act 47 status without imposing a commuter tax and also preventing significant increases in property taxes on residents.
Sep. 26, 2017 Download
Legislation designed to aid parents in their daycare choices has been introduced in Harrisburg. Representative Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1742, which would require all state-licensed childcare centers to post their Keystone STARS rating on their websites and in their locations. The Keystone STARS performance standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management. Mehaffie said he wants to make it easier for families to research and choose a daycare facility.
Jul. 21, 2017 Download
This Legislative Report Program with Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) 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.