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Palmyra PA 17078
(717) 838-3823 / 8-1720
FAX: (717) 832-8194
Hours: M – F
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149A East Wing
PO Box 202101
Harrisburg PA 17120-2101
Phone: (717) 783-1815
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Overregulation Strangling PA’s Economy
1/22/2018
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

           Overregulation Strangling PA’s Economy

Last week, I joined with my colleagues and business leaders from across the Commonwealth announced a multi-bill package specifically designed to rein in state government overregulation.

The bills include giving the Legislature the ability to initiate the repeal of any state regulation in effect; establishing the Independent Office of the Repealer to undertake an ongoing review of existing regulations; requiring legislative approval of an economically significant regulation; making the permitting process more transparent; requiring each agency to better educate the regulated community regarding implementation of any new regulation and its requirements; and improving the regulatory culture so the application of existing laws is collaborative and not punitive.

Also announced was a Regulatory Overreach Report, which showed that Pennsylvania’s restrictive regulatory environment kills family-sustaining jobs, strangles opportunity and cripples economic growth.

Pennsylvania currently has more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions that stretch across every industry in the Commonwealth.


Updating Pennsylvania’s Archaic Tax Code
As many of you know, one of the main reasons I ran for public office was due to my concern over the fiscal cliff Pennsylvania is headed for. If drastic steps are not taken soon, the Commonwealth will face insolvency – there is just not enough revenue to keep up with the spending and current liabilities.

As I press this endeavor, I have also noticed how outdated our tax laws are and I am introducing several pieces of legislation to address problems I have discovered:

House Bill 2017
The U.S. tax landscape has undergone significant changes with the enacting of sweeping legislation overhauling our federal tax system. The new law is significant and complex. It is designed to stimulate economic growth and development by reforming both individual income and corporate income taxes. The impact at the state level, which at this point is less defined than at the federal level in terms of revenue impact, is potentially significant, particularly on the business tax side.

Under the new law, bonus depreciation doubles from 50 to 100 percent for property purchased between September 27, 2017, and January 1, 2023 (or January 1, 2024, for a small category of property). After that date, at 20 percent phase-down takes effect. Also, bonus depreciation amount is now permitted for the purchase of used property, in addition to new property. This is a common tax plan strategy used by virtually all businesses at some point in time, both large and small.

But not in Pennsylvania. Businesses looking to expand in Pennsylvania will not be able to take advantage of this provision. On Dec. 22, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued Corporate Tax Bulletin 2017-02. Under 2017-02, in the best case scenario, a taxpayer gets no deduction until the asset is sold or disposed of. If the taxpayer has equipment that may be used indefinitely, it could effectively get no depreciation write-off in Pennsylvania. This draconian pronouncement essentially tells businesses owners “thanks, but no thanks, Pennsylvania is closed for business.

I plan to introduce legislation in the near future that will reverse the provisions of Bulletin 2017-02 and allow Pennsylvania businesses the opportunity to take advantage of this important provision. Please join me in cosponsoring this change.

House Bill 2027
The current tax code, Act 43, contains a provision to require entities to withhold Pennsylvania Personal Income Taxes and other taxes where applicable, on out-of-state payments made to taxpayers of other states where a 1099-MISC tax reporting form is used. Additionally, Act 43 makes the tax a liability of the payor which is an extremely dangerous precedent. Such a provision encourages the payee to fail to file, thereby putting the payor on notice as being liable for the tax thereby shifting the tax burden effectively to an in-state business.

I have introduced House Bill 2027 to remove this burdensome provision as it produces no tangible benefit to the Commonwealth because of the reciprocity agreements the Commonwealth has with adjoining states. This statute, if not repealed, encourages other states to cancel their reciprocity agreements with the Commonwealth. In the past year, we have already seen what happens when that occurs when the State of New Jersey threatened to terminate the reciprocity agreement with the Commonwealth.

I hope my colleagues will support my effort to repeal the reporting requirements for 1099-MISC income paid to non-residents.
 

Current Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards are Acceptable for Domestic Air Travel

Pennsylvania is under REAL ID enforcement extension through October 10, 2018
                                   
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reminds customers that Pennsylvania is under an enforcement extension from the Department of Homeland Security until October 10, 2018, which means that Pennsylvanians may use their current driver’s license or ID card to board commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities that require ID until at least that date.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stated that beginning January 22, 2018, travelers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Because Pennsylvania is currently under a REAL ID extension, travelers with PennDOT-issued driver’s licenses or ID cards may continue to use their licenses as usual.

“We understand that there is a lot of information out in the public about REAL ID,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “We want to assure Pennsylvanians that their current licenses are acceptable for boarding commercial flights and entering federal buildings.”

A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it's the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver's license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020.

PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards will be available to customers that want them in spring 2019, and will continue to apply for extensions from DHS until becoming REAL ID compliant.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at penndot.gov.
 

Opioid Emergency Shouldn’t Impact Second Amendment

To help ensure that residents’ Second Amendment rights are not inadvertently impacted by the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in the fight against opioid addiction, new legislation has been unveiled to protect that right.

With the emergency declaration, the governor activated an automatic trigger in the Crimes Code dealing with the Second Amendment. While this may make sense in the context of a natural disaster, it could cause problems for law-abiding citizens now. Never before has a disaster emergency been declared for a public health reason.

Under state law, an emergency declaration criminalizes the open carrying in public or on public property of any firearm – whether a handgun, rifle or shotgun. The intent of this prohibition is to protect communities from looting and criminal behavior in the time of a natural disaster, and would last for the full duration of the declared disaster.

While the declaration of disaster for the opioid crisis gives the state tools to use to help Pennsylvania citizens in this public health crisis, the issue regarding the Second Amendment is not necessary and should not be in effect.

The legislation would simply clarify that the prohibition against open carrying of an otherwise lawful firearm only applies if the disaster declaration expressly declares that such a prohibition is required to maintain public safety. Because the governor’s recent disaster declaration made no such declaration, upon enactment of this bill, Second Amendment rights would once again be secure in Pennsylvania.
  

2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms to be Available Monday
 
Forms for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program will be available for download from the Department of Revenue’s website starting Monday, Jan. 22. Paper forms will be available in the coming weeks.
 
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Residents do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district office(s); however, applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available here.

Free assistance for completing these forms is available by contacting my Palmyra district office at 1044 East Main Street, (717) 838-3823.
 

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
 
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a good time to raise awareness of cervical cancer and learn more about Pennsylvania’s HealthyWoman Program, which is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program for those who are not insured or whose insurance doesn’t cover the screenings.

Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

Among the services offered are pelvic exams, Pap smears and follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result. Cervical cancer screenings are recommended for women beginning at age 21.

For more information, call the HealthyWoman hotline at 1-800-215-7494 or click here.
 
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