My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Bill Allowing Students to Apply Sunscreen Approved by PA House - 4/26/2018
Legislation that would allow students to apply sunscreen and use other sun-protective clothing during school hours or at school sponsored events has been unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House. Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), prime sponsor of House Bill 1228, said his bill is a common-sense measure that would allow students to properly protect themselves from UV radiation while enjoying outdoor activities.
Rep. English Reacts to Governor’s Budget Announcement - 3/24/2016
At a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he intends to allow a budget approved by the General Assembly last week to become law without his signature. The move signals the end of a nine-month fiscal impasse in Pennsylvania. The 30 billion dollar spending plan allows money to flow to schools, corrections, and agriculture programs that had been held hostage during negotiations.
Rep. English Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address - 2/10/2016
Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was announced Tuesday 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. English 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.
Rep. English Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending - 3/4/2015
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 and sales tax, 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. Hal English Sworn In as New Member of PA House - 1/1/2013
The Pennsylvania General Assembly got off to an early start on a new legislative session this year by holding a rare New Year’s Day swearing in ceremony in the state capitol, as for the first time in 22 years, the constitutionally designated first Tuesday meeting date fell on the January 1st holiday. Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny) said he is ready to find workable solutions and common ground on the issues that face the state. In addition to the swearing in ceremony a strong Republican majority of House members performed essential reorganization tasks for the new term, re-electing Rep. Sam Smith (R- Jefferson & Indiana) as House Speaker and Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as House Majority Leader. Chuck Nichols reports, story and stand-alone bite available.