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 House Approval of Historic Legislation Privatizing the Sale of Wine and Liquor in Pennsylvania - 6/30/2015
The Pennsylvania House approved historic legislation on Tuesday to 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 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. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allgheny) said this bill will bring real reforms to the Pennsylvania liquor sales system that was created more than 80 years ago following the repeal of Prohibition and expressed hope the governor would sign the Liquor privatization legislation into law.
Speaker Turzai Comments on House Passage of Pension Reform Legislation - 6/30/2015
The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday in favor of public pension reform for the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 1 addresses the rapidly rising costs of the current pension system for public school and state employees without removing any benefits already earned by current employees or affecting the pension benefits of current retirees. The legislation would establish a hybrid defined contribution/cash balance plan for all future state and school employees. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said he feels the new system is similar to plans now standard in private industry and expressed hope the governor would sign the pension reform measure into law.
Speaker Turzai Joins with Legislative Leaders to Unveil Substantial Increases in Education Funding in the 2015-16 Budget Plan - 6/26/2015
Senate and House Republican leadership today unveiled the 2015-16 budget plan that adds considerable funding to education without adding to the tax burden of Pennsylvania families. The budget plan is on track to be presented to the governor before the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30. The Senate and House Republican plan is a balanced budget that includes no new taxes or tax increases and $200 million in new money toward education. It also includes fundamental changes to the state’s pension and liquor systems. Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the governor needs to seriously consider this plan that will help move Pennsylvania into the 21st century.
Speaker Turzai Comments on Budget Negotiation Process - 6/23/2015
Budget negotiations are heating up in Harrisburg, as the constitutional deadline of July 30th approaches. Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) offered his opinion on the governor’s intransigence in negotiations surrounding Wolf’s massive two-year tax increase proposal which recently was unanimously rejected by the House. The Speaker also commented on Governor Wolf’s demand for levying a natural gas severance tax that would be among the highest in the nation. He said the governor’s tax agenda will kill the opportunity for Pennsylvania to see any additional jobs or economic growth from the gas industry.
Speaker Turzai Joins Local Leaders in Push for Philadelphia Energy Hub - 6/11/2015
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) hosted an energy roundtable Thursday at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex that focused on building Philadelphia into a global energy hub. The Speaker was joined by members of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and volunteer veterans from Vets4Energy; as well as members of organized labor, state and local business leaders, and more than 20 members of the General Assembly; to discuss how the natural gas industry has helped create economic opportunities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Speaker said he shared the concerns of local leaders that Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax could stop the strong economic and job growth based on the production and processing of Marcellus Shale gas dead in its tracks.
Turzai Comments on Release of Latest Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Numbers - 6/9/2015
Numbers on just how much Pennsylvania communities benefit from the Marcellus Shale impact fees were released Wednesday in the state capitol. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) noted the Act 13 impact fee program has generated approximately $850 million for communities across the Commonwealth since inception in 2012. Speaker Turzai said House members want to make sure those impact fee revenues continue to flow to communities across the state.
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.