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Speaker Turzai Applauds Shell Appalachia’s Decision to Invest in PA

Jun. 07, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Joins 2nd Amendment Supporters at State Capitol Rally

May. 24, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Says Governor Should Reconsider His Threat to Veto a Bill to Keep the Best Teachers in PA Classrooms

May. 17, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Pleased with Governor’s Decision to Allow the Full State Budget to Become Law, Without a Signature

Mar. 23, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Comments Regarding Passage of Supplemental State Budget

Mar. 18, 2016  Download

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.

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Rep. Turzai Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

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.

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Speaker Turzai Expresses Disappointment Following Governor’s Budget Address

Feb. 09, 2016  Download

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.