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Rep. Ward Comments on Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget

Mar. 16, 2016  Download

Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth supplemental budget legislation to address the funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The supplemental funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Ward said it is past time to close out this years' state budget in order for the legislature to move on with next year's fiscal plan.

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House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Holds Informational Meeting on Natural Gas Royalty Legislation

Mar. 16, 2016  Download

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee recently held an informational meeting on legislation designed to protect natural gas royalty owners. Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming & Union) is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1391, which would legally shield landowners from the efforts of drilling companies to deduct post-production costs from their royalty payments. Everett said he hopes that a better understanding of the issue will hasten the bill’s movement through the legislative process.

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Majority Leader Reed Comments on Latest House Budget Effort

Mar. 15, 2016  Download

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) commented on lawmakers’ efforts to compromise and find resolution for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unfinished due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as corrections and agriculture funding. Reed indicated that the House plans to address many of the Governor’s vetoes and ensure that funding is available to keep schools open.

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Rep. Marshall Joins Members of MADD in Call for Legislative Action on Expanded Ignition Interlock Bill This Year

Mar. 15, 2016  Download

Lawmakers were joined by members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tuesday in Harrisburg to call for action on legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s ignition interlock program to make the devices mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol levels that measure over .10 percent. Ignition interlock systems have been proven effective in reducing recidivism rates for drunk driving, and in the 15 states that have enacted similar laws, drunk driving deaths have declined by as much as 45 percent. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said he believes the expanded ignition interlock bill should be a high priority for action by the House Transportation Committee this year.

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Rep. Greiner Joins Members of MADD in Call for Legislative Action on Ignition Interlock Bill This Year

Mar. 15, 2016  Download

Rep. Keith Greiner (R-Lancaster) was joined by lawmakers and members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tuesday in Harrisburg to call for action on his legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s ignition interlock program to make the device mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol levels that measure over .10 percent. Ignition interlock systems have been proven effective in reducing recidivism rates for drunk driving, and in the 15 states that have enacted similar laws, drunk driving deaths have declined by as much as 45 percent. Rep. Greiner said while this is a statewide concern, it is a particularly acute problem in Lancaster County.

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Rep. Martin Causer Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

The weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter & Cameron) 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.

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Rep. Turzai Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.

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Rep. Ortitay Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.

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Rep. Dunbar Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.

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Rep. Maher Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.