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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Ellis Comments on Governor’s Budget Address
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.
Rep. Ellis Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan
The Pennsylvania House voted to defeat the Governor’s tax increase proposal Wednesday in Harrisburg. The latest version of the tax legislation would have increased the personal income taxes by 16 percent, from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent, and would have levied one of the highest tax rates on the production of natural gas in the nation. House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the Governor’s tax plan and called for action on a state budget that will balance without increasing the burden on hard-working Pennsylvanians. Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Ellis Comment on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding to Governor's Desk
In order to help struggling social services and school districts desperate for their subsidies during the current budget impasse, the Pennsylvania House sent an emergency funding package to the governor’s desk on Thursday. The bill includes approximately $11 Billion which represents funding for 1/3rd of the fiscal year – from July through October. The decision on whether or not to release funding for education and critical services now lies solely with Gov. Wolf, who has vowed to reject the funding in pursuit of increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments are now available from Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler).
Rep. Ellis Comments on Passage of Wine & Liquor Sales Privatization and Public Pension Reform Legislation
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The Pennsylvania House voted this week on a number of statewide issues that directly impact Pennsylvania communities and taxpayers. On Tuesday the House approved legislation to address Pennsylvania’s growing pension crisis, which continues to threaten the economics of the state and local school districts. Senate Bill 1 would establish a hybrid defined contribution/cash balance plan for future state and school employees, rather than the current defined benefit plan. The House also voted on Tuesday to approve House Bill 466, which would end full government control of wine and spirits sales in the Commonwealth by giving beer distributors the opportunity to obtain a license to sell wine and spirits under a single roof, and would provide other current license holders with additional retail sale options. Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) offered comments on both pieces of legislation.
Ellis Comments on House Passage of On-Time State Budget with No Tax Increases
The House voted today, 112-77, in favor a $30.18 billion state budget that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden for Pennsylvania citizens. The budget legislation includes more than $200 million in increases for early childhood education, basic education and higher education; as well as additional funding for people with intellectual disabilities. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration and is expected to go to the governor’s desk in the next several days. Comments are now available from Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) on passage of the bill.
Rep. Ellis Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending
Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives offered their reactions to Gov. Wolf’s $33.8 billion state budget proposal, delivered Tuesday before a joint session of the House and Senate. The Governor’s plan would increase state spending by $4.7 billion and also increase a variety of state taxes, including the personal income tax, sales tax, and tobacco taxes, as well as create a new gas severance tax which would be among the highest in the nation. An average Pennsylvania household with a median income of $52,548 would pay an additional 21% in state taxes under the Governor’s plan.
Rep. Ellis Comments on House Passage of Liquor Privatization Bill
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. Ellis Bill Extending Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law Sent to Governor
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Landmark legislation to extend Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law protections to cover private sector employees who report the misuse of state money has been approved by the General Assembly and sent to the governor’s desk. Bill sponsor Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) said this accountability measure will help to protect taxpayer dollars by allowing those who work for government contractors to report incidents of fraud and abuse without fear of retaliation from their employers. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Ellis Supports Passage of On-Time, Balanced State Budget
The Pennsylvania House gave final approval to a $29.09 billion on-time state budget Monday in the state capitol that provides for a record high investment in public education without increasing the burden on taxpayers. Rep. Brain Ellis (R-Butler) said he feels the plan provides a much needed increase in funding for Pennsylvania schools while ensuring state government lives within its means.
Rep. Ellis Comments on Governor's Budget Address
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Gov. Corbett delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $29.4 billion proposal represents a 3.3% increase in spending, including a $362 million spending boost for general education, without raising new taxes. Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) said he supports the proposal because it controls the size of state government by reining in spending. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.