My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Package of Legislation to Increase Transparency, Reduce Debt - 4/22/2015
A package of legislation designed to reduce the Commonwealth’s debt burden and increase transparency when government seeks to fund projects through borrowing has been introduced in Harrisburg. The four bill package would address reporting and oversight of the Capital Budget Bill, Capital Facilities Debt, which deals with state owned buildings and properties, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Projects(RACP) debt ceiling, and Lease-Back Debt, which concerns leases of public property or equipment. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said lawmakers must stop kicking the can down the road and address spending and debt now. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Governor Wolf’s $33.8 Billion Budget and Tax Increase Proposals - 3/3/2015
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) voiced his reaction Tuesday to Governor Wolf’s $33.8 billion state spending proposal delivered in a budget address before a joint session of the House and Senate. The governor’s plan would increase annual state spending by $4.7 billion and significantly increase a variety of state taxes including the personal income tax and sales tax, as well as create a new gas severance tax that would be among the highest in the nation. An average Pennsylvania household with a median income of $52,548, as determined by US Census statistics, would pay an additional 21 percent in state taxes under the governor’s plan. Speaker Turzai expressed disappointment with the Governor’s budget plan and the effect it would have on middle class working Pennsylvanians.
Speaker Turzai Comments on House Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation - 2/26/2015
The Pennsylvania House voted Thursday in favor of House Bill 466, which would shut down the state’s outmoded state liquor store system and replace it with more modern, privately owned wine and spirit retail system. House Bill 466 is nearly identical to liquor privatization legislation passed by the House in March 2013. It includes a series of reforms for beer, liquor and wine sales and would allow beer distributors to expand their businesses to sell liquor and wine as well as beer. Pennsylvania’s current liquor system was created more than 80 years ago, in 1933, following the repeal of Prohibition. The Commonwealth is presently one of only two states which continue to hold a complete monopoly over wholesale and retail sale of liquor. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Rep. Turzai Elected Speaker of the PA House, Looks Forward to Addressing Significant Statewide Issues in New Session - 1/7/2015
Newly elected members of the General Assembly have unanimously elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) as their choice for speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Turzai, who has served as Republican Majority Leader since 2011, was elected to the Speakership Tuesday after a significant sweep of the fall general elections brought a record 119-84 Republican majority to the state House. Speaker Turzai said he is honored to have been selected by his colleagues to preside over the House and looks to move forward in a bipartisan manner on a number of crucial issues in the new session of the General Assembly.
119 Strong House Republican Majority Chooses Leadership Team - 11/12/2014
The 119 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) as their choice for speaker of the House of Representatives and Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) as majority leader for the 2015-16 legislative session. The caucus election comes eight days after Republicans increased their majority from 111 members going into Election Day to 119 members, retaining control of the state House for the third consecutive session. The formal election for speaker will take place in the full House when the 2015-16 legislative session begins on Jan. 6, 2015. Republicans will hold a 119-84 majority in the state House.
Majority Leader Turzai Says Rules Committee Moves Philadelphia School Funding Bill on to the Full House - 9/16/2014
Legislation enabling Philadelphia City Council to authorize a local cigarette tax to help fund the Philadelphia schools has been approved for further action by the Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania House. Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the bill gives the city the ability to provide more revenue for their schools and will ease the charter school application appeal process in the face of rising demand. The cigarette tax bill will now move on to the full House for final consideration. Mike Davies reports… story and bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Holds Goodwill Mission with Philadelphia Schools Superintendent – Schools to Open on Time - 8/15/2014
Philadelphia’s public schools will open on time, according to Superintendent Dr. William Hite, thanks to calls from the Majority Leader and Speaker of the Pennsylvania House to release $265 million in advanced funding to the Philadelphia School District. Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) reiterated the legislature’s commitment to find a long term funding solution and said he is happy that schools will be open on time for the 200,000 plus students in Philadelphia. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Meets with Philly Schools Superintendent, Says He Hopes to See Progress on Additional Funding for Cash Strapped Schools - 8/11/2014
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) toured school facilities Monday in Philadelphia with Superintendent William Hite to discuss education issues, including what needs to be done to ensure additional funding is available for the cash strapped district. Governor Corbett has announced plans to expedite transfer of $265 million in state funding ahead of schedule to help address funding shortfalls that could delay the start of classes in the city this fall. Majority Turzai said House lawmakers initially suggested the funding advance as a stopgap measure and are hoping to hammer out a legislative solution to the Philadelphia school funding crisis soon in Harrisburg.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Governor’s Advance of $265 Million to Philadelphia Schools - 8/6/2014
The governor has announced that the State will advance $265 million to address Philadelphia’s school funding problem. The funding authorized by Gov. Corbett should allow the cash-strapped school district to begin classes on time. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the Pennsylvania House wants to ensure all children in the Commonwealth have access to a quality education, and that lawmakers will continue to work on solutions to help Philadelphia’s schools. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
House Majority Leader Turzai Comments on Governor’s Budget Action - 7/11/2014
The governor put his signature on the $29.1 billion state budget bill Thursday in Harrisburg, but not without line item vetoing a handful of appropriations. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said he was disappointed in the governor’s response to the on-time and balanced budget plan produced by lawmakers and called for a renewed focus on finding legislative solutions for the critical issues now facing the Commonwealth. Two audio cuts are available.