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 Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction - 6/23/2016
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
Speaker Turzai Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation - 6/14/2016
Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s public pension system and place new state workers into a hybrid retirement plan has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1071 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit retirement plan for future state and school employees. Under the new formula, prospective employees would receive a baseline pension based on the traditional formula, and a defined benefit – 401K style – plan for any income earned over $50,000, or after 25 years of service.
Speaker Turzai’s Privatization Bill Expected to Bring Improved Wine, Beer Convenience to Pennsylvania Consumers This Year - 6/7/2016
In a bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania House approved a Senate-amended plan on Tuesday to bring wine sales to grocery stores and improve consumer convenience for liquor sales across the state. House Bill 1690, sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), will expand the licensed sales of wine by the bottle to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels; and six-pack shops would also be able to upgrade their licenses to sell wine as well as beer. Speaker Turzai said he is confident the governor will sign the groundbreaking legislation that will significantly enhance convenience and accessibility for consumers.
Speaker Turzai Applauds Shell Appalachia’s Decision to Invest in PA - 6/7/2016
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) praised the recent decision by Shell Chemical Appalachia to follow through on plans to construct a major petrochemical complex in Beaver County that includes an ethylene cracker plant. Speaker Turzai said the commitment on the part of Shell indicates that the state’s pro-growth energy policies are paying off and successfully bringing family-sustaining jobs to the Commonwealth.
Speaker Turzai Joins 2nd Amendment Supporters at State Capitol Rally - 5/24/2016
Gun owners from across the Commonwealth as well as pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers joined together in the state capitol rotunda on Tuesday for the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For ten years the annual grassroots event has highlighted Second Amendment rights and served as a platform for citizens to lobby for the passage of legislation to protect the firearms rights of Pennsylvania citizens. Comments are available from House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who was among the featured speakers at the event.
Speaker Turzai Says Governor Should Reconsider His Threat to Veto a Bill to Keep the Best Teachers in PA Classrooms - 5/17/2016
Legislative leaders from the House and Senate on Tuesday called for Governor Wolf to reconsider his threat to veto a bill that would allow Pennsylvania school districts to retain the best teachers in the classroom when furloughs are required for economic reasons. House Bill 805 which is now on the Governor’s desk, would end the system of seniority-based, “first hired–last fired” layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on teacher performance over length-of-service. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the bill represents a truly meaningful reform that would help ensure high quality education for Pennsylvania’s students.
Speaker Turzai Pleased with Governor’s Decision to Allow the Full State Budget to Become Law, Without a Signature - 3/23/2016
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) expressed satisfaction with Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement Wednesday that he will allow the supplemental budget to close out Fiscal Year 2015-16 to become law without his signature. The bill, recently approved by the House and Senate, restores the governor’s previous line-item vetoes to more than $6 billion in basic education, agriculture and corrections funding. According to the Pennsylvania Constitution, any legislation not signed or vetoed by the governor, automatically becomes law within 10 days. The Speaker said he felt the decision to allow state money to flow to schools, universities and other important state programs represents a real victory for Pennsylvania taxpayers.
Speaker Turzai Comments Regarding Passage of Supplemental State Budget - 3/18/2016
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) addressed members of the media Friday in the state capitol to discuss recent passage of a $6.05 billion supplement that would finalize the Commonwealth’s 2015-16 budget. The legislation is designed to keep Pennsylvania schools open and government functioning, without raising taxes. The Speaker specifically called on the governor to sign the package of legislation in order to restore state funding to a number of critical state and local programs as well as funding for the state related universities.
Rep. Turzai Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation - 3/11/2016
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.
Speaker Turzai Expresses Disappointment Following Governor’s Budget Address - 2/9/2016
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) expressed his disappointment with Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address and spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was unveiled Tuesday 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. Following the address, Speaker Turzai said the governor’s plan lacks vision and calls for significant increases in both spending and taxes without completing work on the current state budget, from which the governor cut $6.3 billion in spending.