My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Saccone Comments on Hearings Aimed at Finding Solutions for PA’s Growing Drug Epidemic - 8/4/2016
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is continuing a series of statewide hearings aimed at finding better ways to tackle Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis. The third of eight hearings was held Wednesday in Westmoreland County and included testimony from area law enforcement officials and drug treatment organizations about the growing drug epidemic and what new strategies may be needed to address the situation. The General Assembly plans to convene a special legislative session on the opioid addiction crisis this fall. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Washington & Allegheny) has attended the hearings and said the information gathering effort is essential to finding new solutions to the widespread addiction problem.
Rep. Saccone 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 Rep. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny & Washington), who was among the featured speakers at the event.
Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Address Illegal Immigration Issues - 3/23/2016
Three pieces of legislation designed to address problems arising from an influx of illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania have been introduced in Harrisburg. Lawmakers introduced bills to tackle issues regarding sanctuary cities, employment, and public benefit distribution. House Bill 1894 would require all Commonwealth employers to confirm workers’ Social Security Numbers through the federal E-Verify program, ensuring employees are eligible to work. House Bill 1885 would force municipalities that operate as “Sanctuary Cities” for illegal immigrants to take responsibility for illegals’ criminal actions. And House Bill 237 would prevent those who are here illegally from collecting public benefits.
Rep. Saccone 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.
Rep. Saccone Comments on Governor’s Budget Address - 2/9/2016
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. Saccone Comments on House Vote to Approve a Balanced, Responsible Budget - 12/8/2015
The Pennsylvania House approved a balanced state budget on Tuesday that would fund state programs and services and increase financial support for schools, without requiring a broad-based tax increase. The $30.2 billion budget bill would hold the increase in state spending to 3.7 percent, compared to the 16 percent increase initially proposed by Governor Wolf. House lawmakers said the spending plan approved Tuesday will provide for the prudent funding of the core functions of state government without the steep tax increases proposed by the governor last March.
Rep. Saccone React to Governor’s Veto of Emergency Funding Bill - 9/29/2015
Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed an emergency spending plan on Tuesday that would have provided more than $11 billion in funding for public and private schools, rape crisis centers and other social service providers to continue operations while state budget negotiations are ongoing. The General Assembly approved the emergency spending plan late last week, but the Governor continues to demand consideration of his full budget plan, which includes billions in state tax increases. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny, Washington) commented on the Governor's veto action.
Rep. Saccone Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk - 9/25/2015
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.
Comments on Passage of Wine & Liquor Privatization and Public Pension Reform Legislation - 6/30/2015
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. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny & Washington) offered comment following passage of these bills.
Saccone Comments on House & Senate Budget Plan - 6/26/2015
House and Senate Republican leaders 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 House and Senate 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. Comments are now available from Rep. Reick Saccone (R-Allegheny & Washington) on the plan.