My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
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.
House Majority Leader Turzai Addresses Governor’s Budget Cuts - 7/10/2014
The governor put his signature on the $29.1 billion state budget legislation Thursday in Harrisburg, but not without line item vetoing a handful of appropriations as well as sequestering a number of expenditures in budgetary reserve. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said House members strove to produce an on-time, balanced plan that calls for state government to live within its means, and expressed his disappointment at the governor’s cuts while calling for full funding of all non-vetoed programs.
House Majority Leader Turzai Joins Call for Action on Hybrid Pension Plan - 6/5/2014
House lawmakers joined representatives of the education and business communities in Harrisburg this week to explain details of a proposed hybrid pension plan designed to get a handle on the growing multi-billion dollar funding crisis facing Pennsylvania’s public pension systems. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the changes called for in the reform plan will preserve the present state and school employee retirement systems while helping to prevent the costs borne by taxpayers from continuing to spiral out of control. Mike Davies reports... story and bite available.
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.