House Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee is responsible for revewing legislation dealing with the financial issues of the state, with tax collection rates and tax policies regularly reviewed.
The Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform was established in 2017 to investigate and review Pennsylvania’s tax laws, explore other states’ best practices and methods for levying and collecting various taxes, and develop recommendations to encourage equitable and fair tax policy.
The Democratic members of this select subcommittee, led by Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, continue to push for a fair tax policy that works for all Pennsylvanians, one which encourages job creation and economic fairness today, while laying the groundwork for a prosperous economy and workforce for tomorrow.
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It costs more than $70,000 a year for a Philadelphia family of four to live without help; in the suburbs, up to $88,000

A Philadelphia family of four must make more than $70,000 a year just to survive, a new report says — a stunning sum beyond the reach of most residents in a city beset by high poverty and meager chances.According to the newly released study based on 2019 data, two adults with one preschooler and one school-age child have to take in $70,613 to meet their needs without receiving public assistance or help from relatives or friends. Read more

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Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances

In the last decade, unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy — as well as communities across Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region.Often popularly referred to as “fracking,” this highly industrialized process is used to extract energy resources from underground geologies such as shale or sandstone. Read more

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Medicaid block grant proposals spell trouble for patients and hospitals

Medicaid is a longstanding partnership between states and the federal government to provide care to the poorest and sickest among us. A pair of proposals from Washington threaten to upset this joint commitment and fray the nation’s perilously thin safety net for vulnerable patients.Together, these proposals stand to trigger an erosion of the impressive gains we’ve made for patients across our country and region this past decade. Read more