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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. Miller Comments on Launch of PennSAVE Initiative to Find Savings in Government
The House Majority Policy Committee today launched PennSAVE, a Republican-led effort to find ways to save taxpayer dollars by cutting government waste and inefficiencies. The PennSAVE acronym stands for: savings, accountability, value and efficiency. The special task force will be run by a subcommittee of the House Majority Policy Committee and will research several potential cost-saving measures across state government, including state agency and program consolidations; unaddressed audit findings; reform of government procurement policies and “corporate welfare” programs, as well as overall waste, fraud and abuse in the system. Comments are now available from Rep. Brett Miller (R-Lancaster) on this new cost saving initiative.
Rep. Miller Comments on Fiscal Lifelines to Release Funding for PA Schools and Human Service Providers
Since Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the state budget on June 30, state and federal dollars have been bottled up and accumulating in the state Treasury. State Reps. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Dan Moul (R-Adams) have announced a package of freestanding fiscal lifeline bills that would release much needed funding for schools and human service providers.
Rep. Miller Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill 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 his quest for increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian.
Rep. Miller Comments on Veto Override Efforts to Ensure Funding for Service Programs
In an effort to restore funding to vital human service and education programs, the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday attempted a line by line override of the Governor’s blanket veto of the state budget. Funding for these human services providers and contractors has been suspended due to the budget veto. Lawmakers said they are working line by line to ensure these crucial programs, that would be funded at the same level the Governor initially proposed, could continue to provide services to those in need until a budget deal can be reached.
Miller Joins Members from York & Lancaster County to Blast Governor for Budget Delay, Continued Call for Tax Increases
House members from the York and Lancaster County Republican delegation called out Gov. Tom Wolf for his role in the current budget standoff during a news conference held Friday at the York County School of Technology. The event took place more than a week after Wolf vetoed a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that actually increased school funding without need for tax increases, and his subsequent vetoes of both pension reform and liquor privatization legislation. Republican House members characterized the governor’s actions as counterproductive and said his vetoes of much needed reform bills indicate his preference to see state government continuing to do business as usual in Pennsylvania. Rep. Brett Miller (R- Lancaster) commented at the event.
Miller Comments on Passage of Wine & Liquor Privatization and Public Pension Reform Legislation
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Pension Bite :20
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 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. Miller Supports Reform of Prevailing Wage Law to Help PA Schools
A group of House Republican lawmakers called for reform of the state’s Prevailing Wage Act this week, by exempting Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts from the legal requirement to pay inflated wage rates on school construction projects. Present law requires that all government entities pay a prevailing minimum wage or union rate for construction labor, when a project exceeds $25,000 in cost. Rep. Brett Miller (R-Lancaster) said he has seen how the prevailing wage mandate can inflate the cost of construction projects and feels this money would be better spent on students in the classroom.
Rep. Miller 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. Miller Comments on Inauguration
Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Brett Miller (R-Lancaster) said he is excited to serve the people of the 41st legislative district and is looking forward to learning the system and addressing the problems of the Commonwealth.