My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
House Majority Leader Turzai Joins Bipartisan Call for Municipal Pension Reforms to Help Solve Underfunding Crisis - 4/8/2014
With a $6.7 billion unfunded liability facing Pennsylvania’s municipal pension systems, a bipartisan coalition of local government officials joined House lawmakers on Tuesday in Harrisburg to call for quick movement on a pension reform plan that will address the underfunding crisis. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said a serious pension reform proposal has been put forth and that all stakeholders affected by the crisis need to come together and reach consensus on a reform plan to stabilize Pennsylvania’s faltering municipal pension systems.
House Majority Leader Turzai Says No Gridlock in PA as Debt Reduction Bill Heads to Governor - 10/17/2013
In stark contrast to what is happening in Washington, D.C., the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation to reform a much-abused state funding program. The bill passed unanimously by the House would put new controls in place to curtail mounting levels of public debt for projects funded by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) which uses borrowed money to fund economic development projects selected by the governor. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said this action to curb state borrowing shows how Harrisburg differs from Washington by responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. From Harrisburg… Mike Davies reporting. Full story and bite are available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Says Unsustainable PA Turnpike Debt Burden Must be Dealt with in Any New Transportation Bill - 6/18/2013
Border to border tolls of $50 may be the norm by 2021 if no action is taken to relieve the present debt burdens born by the PA Turnpike. That was the assessment of Auditor General Gene DePasquale who was critical of a Senate transportation bill’s failure to adequately address the turnpike’s Act 44 debt obligations during a hearing held Tuesday by the House Transportation Committee in Harrisburg. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) agreed with the Auditor General and said the existing turnpike debt burden is financially unsustainable and must be dealt with in any transportation funding bill. From Harrisburg… Mike Davies reporting.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Spending Priorities in the Recently Approved House Budget Plan - 6/12/2013
The Pennsylvania House approved a $28.3 billion state budget plan for upcoming fiscal year Wednesday in Harrisburg. The House plan increases state spending by more than $500 million without increasing the burden on Pennsylvania taxpayers. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said this is a fiscally responsible plan that meets the Commonwealth’s needs without spending beyond the government’s means. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Spending Priorities Outlined in the New House Republican Budget Plan - 5/29/2013
House Republicans outlined their spending priorities for upcoming fiscal year by introducing a $28.3 billion state budget plan this week in Harrisburg. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said although this budget calls for a moderate increase in spending over last year, it is a fiscally responsible plan that addresses the Commonwealth’s needs without calling for additional taxes. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
Majority Leader Turzai Comments on House Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation - 3/21/2013
Legislation that would get the Commonwealth out of the business of selling wine and liquor was passed by the Pennsylvania House on Thursday. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), prime sponsor of House Bill 790, said his bill would give Pennsylvanians the choices they have been calling for. House Bill 790 now moves the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Gov. Corbett’s "Passport for Learning" Proposal - 2/13/2013
Lawmakers joined Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday at a state Capitol press conference to show support for his “Passport for Learning” proposal that would fund a block grant program for Pennsylvania schools with revenue gained through the privatization of liquor sales. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the Governor’s plan to privatize wine and liquor sales and utilize the proceeds to benefit schools shows vision and leadership.. Mike Davies reports... wrap and stand-alone bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Governor Corbett’s Budget Proposal - 2/6/2013
Governor Corbett outlined spending priorities in his annual budget address delivered before a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $28.4 billion budget proposal would increase state spending 2.4 percent over the current fiscal year. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said he was pleased to see limited growth in the level of spending proposed in the governor’s budget as well as some modest increases in important state programs. From the State Capitol, Mike Davies reporting... story and bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Voices Support for Governor Corbett’s Plan to Privatize Liquor Sales in PA - 1/30/2013
Governor Tom Corbett has announced his plan to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania, eliminating the 75-year-old state monopoly on liquor sales by auctioning retail licenses to the private sector and investing $1 billion of the proceeds in public education. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said he feels the new privatization plan put forth today shows that the Governor is on the same wavelength with the majority of lawmakers and Pennsylvania consumers. From the State Capitol, Mike Davies reporting... story and bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on a State Court Decision Upholding Voter ID Requirements to Prevent Fraud in PA Elections - 8/15/2012
A court decision released Wednesday in Harrisburg upholds the new voter ID law that provides Pennsylvania election officials with the ability to detect voter fraud at polling places. The ruling handed down by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson denied a request for an injunction to prevent implementation of the new law passed by the legislature earlier this year. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the measure is aimed at providing a common sense method to prevent voter fraud and protect the sanctity of every vote in Pennsylvania. From the State Capitol, Mike Davies reporting... story and bite available.