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Majority Leader Reed Comments on Governor’s Budget Address

Feb. 09, 2016  Download

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address and spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was unveiled today before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion, increasing spending by 10 percent, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers. Majority Leader Reed challenged the fairness of the proposed retroactive tax increase, and requested that work continue on finishing the current state budget, from which the governor cut $6.3 billion in spending.

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Truitt Calls for Passage of Legislation to Protect Vulnerable Pennsylvanians During Budget Stalemates

Feb. 09, 2016  Download

On the same day the Governor is scheduled to deliver his annual budget address, a group of House Republican lawmakers have called for the adoption of new legislation that would prevent the interruption of crucial government services in the event of any future state budget impasse. Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Truitt (R-Chester) said this legislation would create a temporary emergency budget fund, enabling the budget secretary to continue payments to health and human services at the previous year’s level until a final budget agreement could be reached.

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Rep. Harper’s Gas Severance Tax Proposal Discussed by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Feb. 08, 2016  Download

A bi-partisan proposal to institute a modest severance tax on the natural gas produced from Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania was discussed Monday by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee in Harrisburg. Bill sponsor Representative Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) said she was pleased that the committee is taking a hard look at her measure that would preserve the existing impact fee program, while providing new revenue to help state government deal with pressing financial concerns.

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Rep. Martin Causer Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Feb. 05, 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. Matt Baker Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Feb. 05, 2016  Download

The Legislative Report Program-Podcast with Rep. Matt Baker (R- Tioga, Bradford & Potter) 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. Ryan Mackenzie Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

Feb. 05, 2016  Download

The weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- Lehigh & Berks) 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. Linda Schlegel Culver Legislative Radio Report/ Podcast

Feb. 05, 2016  Download

A new Legislative Report Program/Podcast with Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland & Snyder) 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.