Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Bill Tabled — House Bill 1538, the bill that would allow counties, municipal governments and school districts
to opt out of Pennsylvania’s onerous prevailing wage requirements, was tabled, yesterday, Oct. 1.
A spokeswoman for State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12), one of the more responsible political figures in Harrisburg, says the bill is not dead however.
The prevailing wage law, which requires labor cost to be be paid at a
rate set by the state for most public construction projects, adds 20 percent to the cost of these projects according to Commonwealth Foundation.
Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Bill Tabled by House
HB 1718 would create a database of online courses in Pennsylvania
Legislation was introduced last week to create a clearinghouse of online courses for students in public schools, nonpublic schools and home education programs, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). The bill seeks to offer greater course choice, enrich educational opportunities and offer a more customized learning experience for Pennsylvania students.
House Bill 1718, the Online Education Initiative, would make the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) establish a database of online courses available to public schools in the Commonwealth. Sixth through 12th graders would have the chance to choose courses selected by their school district.
The bill ensures school districts have maximum flexibility to develop their own courses, contract with online course providers and/or use courses available on the clearinghouse.
The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.
HB 1718 Pushes Online Courses
Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. was barbecued ham steak and grilled string beans with corn fritters homemade by Mrs. Chef Bill.
The wine was an inexpensive Chablis.
Fort Belvoir Golf Course Closed? Nope. — Today’s mull: With the government shutdown having started are the golf courses at which President Obama likes to chill, such as at Fort Belvoir, going to be closed?
Really, we checked. They remain open.
Meanwhile did you see what the morons did to our World War II veterans? A group of them from a Mississippi Honor Flight arrived on a long-scheduled trip to see their memorials today only to find the normally unmanned World War II Memorial barricaded. Well, if the Germans and Japs couldn’t stop them, the Park Police were no match. They just used their wheel chairs to knock them over. Remember, the average age of an Honor Flight participant is about 90.
Something else to mull: the government can reopen in two hours if the Democrats who run the Senate and Obama cooperate just a little.
Fort Belvoir Golf Course Closed? Nope.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has received the National Taxpayers Union’s 2012 Taxpayers’ Friend Award. The 362,000-member nonpartisan citizen group gives this award to members of Congress based on votes related to sensible fiscal policy, lower taxes, and more reasonable regulation of job creators.
“I made a promise to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania that I would fight for them by tackling Washington’s overspending while championing lower taxes and reducing government red tape,” Toomey said. “To help boost our economy and job growth, I will continue my efforts to lessen the tax burden shouldered by our families and employers. I thank the NTU for recognizing and supporting my efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers.”
According to Democracy Now,
Republicans in the House are quite upset because the Senate Leader
refuses to call a session to vote on the idea put forward by
Republicans, that threatens to shut down the government if
Obama-care, a health care system that would give the opportunity to
those who were cut out because of pre-existing conditions, the poor,
the lower middle class and working class and millions of working
poor, to purchase insurance, and would make it almost impossible for
bankruptcy to result from large hospital bills.
I must say, during my lifetime, I have
never before seen one part of the government resort to extortion and
holding the citizens hostage, or using them as human shields, to
overturn an initiative voted for and passed by the House and Senate
and signed into law by the President of the United States. This
great turn around, in fact, is after most of the Republican
Representatives and Senators signed onto the bill on the condition
that it would slowly fade in beginning 2014.
Now the U.S. has become the laughing
stock of most of the world. Everything that we stood for in the past
has been turned upside down. We work to export democracy and the
democratic process throughout the world as those who tout democracy,
and who claim to be Christians, do whatever they want to against the
will of the people to keep people poor and destitute without the type
of healthcare that almost every industrial nation (I can’t think of
any that doesn’t), has.
We are being pushed backward and the
heritage of the United States…the True Heritage, is being stolen by
the ones who have pledged to preserve it. This heritage can be seen
in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United
States, the Gettysburg Address, and on the plaque on the Statue of
Liberty. The belief and application of these values are the only
thing that ever made us exceptional. They are the only things that
differentiated us from most of the western world. They will soon be
I just pray for our children and their
children as this country erodes into Neo-feudalism and all of those
who wasted their time and energy fighting against true exceptionalism
by trying to push us back to a time of Pre-civil War mentality and
block others from partaking of the opportunities afforded us by this
great nation. For this is what will ultimately bring about the
destruction of this nation and will garner curses and hatred from our
descendents because we didn’t stand up when it was the time and
protect the heritage of our own. Who are our own. Every citizen is
Child protection bills before full house
The House Judiciary Committee approved several bills last week in a continuing effort to enhance protections for Pennsylvania’s children says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
House Bill 20 would increase the penalty for concealing the death of a child from a misdemeanor to a felony, which would also come with a larger fine and potentially longer prison sentence. Under the bill, any individual residing in the same household as the child or anyone responsible for the child’s welfare may be charged with the crime of concealing the death of a child.
House Bill 494 would create a new crime of failure to report the disappearance of a child. Under this bill, a parent of a child under age 14 can be charged with the offense if he or she acts with reckless disregard for the child’s welfare and fails to report the disappearance of the child to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours of knowing the child has gone missing.
House Bill 1045 would create the offense of making false reports of child abuse. A person will be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if he or she knowingly or intentionally makes a false report of child abuse or induces a child to make a false report of child abuse under the Child Protective Services Law.
House Bill 1594 would increase the grading for luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure from a first-degree misdemeanor to a second-degree felony if the child is younger than 13 years old.
The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.
Child Protection Bills Before Full House
Bill kills Pennsylvania prevailing wage, at least for local projects
A bill allowing local governments to opt out of Pennsylvania’s onerous prevailing wage requirements has cleared the State House’s Committee of Labor and Industry and is now on the full floor reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129)
“House Bill 1538, . . . would allow counties, municipal governments and school districts to offer competitive wages – instead of inflated payments based on urban wage rates – to workers on certain projects,” said Cox.
The prevailing wage law, which requires labor cost to be be paid at a rate set by the state for most public construction projects, adds 20 percent to the cost of these projects according to Commonwealth Foundation.
The union bosses are not happy with this potential blow to their luxurious lifestyles and are commanding the sheep in their pens to action as they fear the bill and its sisters HB 665 and HB 796 will be put to vote next week.
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Toomey Explains Obamacare Fight — Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, who was one of 19 Republicans in the Senate who voted to defund Obamacare, has issued the below statement explaining his strategy. Thank you, Senator. You are an independent thinker and not one of those who are part of the problem.
All my Republican colleagues and I want to end Obamacare completely. All the Democrats support Obamacare and want it to continue. The Republicans control the House and have passed defunding legislation. Democrats control the Senate and will not pass defunding legislation. Thus, we are at an impasse. Yesterday, seeking to break this all-or-nothing standoff, I proposed a way to fund the government and to repeal some of the most egregious parts of this terrible law. Acknowledging that Senator Reid has the votes to strip the bill of its Obamacare defunding language, I sought to offer three modest amendments to the Senate bill. The first would repeal the medical device tax that is costing Pennsylvania jobs; the second would provide relief from the infringement on religious liberty in Obamacare; the third would delay the individual mandate for one year.
Those three items all have bipartisan support, could have passed the Senate, and might well be acceptable to the House. But we will never know because the Democratic leadership would not permit me to offer those amendments. For this reason, and others, I voted against the measure.
I remain hopeful that Congress will avoid a government shutdown. I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to find a responsible solution.
Toomey Explains Obamacare Fight
Obamacare SEIU — Local 1 in Chicago of the notoriously Democrat-supporting and fashionably progressive Service Employees International Union has gone on strike because the janitorial company Professional Maintenance has cut hours.
Why did Professional Maintenance cut hours? For the same reason a whole lot of other companies are cutting hours — the looming Obamacare mandates.
We are almost wishing we could cry for these fools but the pain they are inflicting on themselves, they inflicted on the rest of us.
In other news from the “progressive” front, Venezuela is experiencing hyper-inflation (45.4 percent in August) and has a toilet paper shortage.
Expect that here unless the Tea Party faction of the GOP winds up victorious.