My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Saylor Comments on Website Seeking Budget Suggestions - 3/8/2017
A new website designed to encourage state employees to suggest ways the Commonwealth could achieve budget savings was unveiled in Harrisburg on Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The State Employees Achieving Savings website will ask state employees to voice their strategies to streamline state agencies and achieve greater efficiency in government.
Rep. Saylor Elected to Lead Appropriations Committee - 11/16/2016
The members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus elected its leadership team for the 2017-18 legislative session on Tuesday in Harrisburg. Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) has been chosen to join the leadership team as the majority chair of the House Appropriations Committee. In this role, Saylor will oversee the Commonwealth’s fiscal policy and represent House Republicans at the budget negotiation table. The new House Republican leadership team also includes: Speaker-designee Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County), Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County), Whip Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Caucus Chair Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Policy Committee Chair Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre, Mifflin), Caucus Administrator Rep. Kurt Masser (R- Columbia, Montour, Northumberland), and Caucus Secretary Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong, Clarion, Forest).
Rep. Saylor Comments on Impacts of Protracted Budget Disagreement - 3/4/2016
At a press conference held in Camp Hill on Friday, Republican lawmakers emphasized the damage being done to the Commonwealth by the Governor’s decisions to cut vital funding, already approved by the legislature, for education, agriculture, corrections, and other critical services. Several House Republicans questioned the Governor’s motives in calling for increased education funding, but then personally cutting $3 Billion in the final 2015/16 budget agreement.
Education Committee Chair Rep. Saylor Urges Governor to Release Letters Allowing Businesses to Donate to EITC - 11/24/2015
Lawmakers called on the Governor to direct the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to release letters that would allow Commonwealth businesses to contribute money to the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program(EITC) at a press conference held on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The EITC program directs more than $150 million annually to schools as a result of contributions made by Pennsylvania businesses. If schools cannot receive the funds by December 31, businesses will be ineligible to donate, and will look for other potential tax-deductible donations which don’t support children in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Saylor Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk - 9/24/2015
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 are now available from Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York).
Rep. Saylor Comments on Veto Override Efforts to Ensure Funding for Service Programs - 8/26/2015
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.
Saylor Joins Members from York & Lancaster County to Blast Governor for Budget Delay, Continued Call for Tax Increases - 7/13/2015
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. House Majority Education Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) commented at the event.
Rep. Saylor Comments on Basic Education Funding Commission Recommendations and Report - 6/18/2015
The Basic Education Funding Commission released a report and recommendations Thursday calling for adoption of a new, more equitable formula to distribute state funding to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. Commission member and Education Chairman Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) said the bipartisan group worked hard to reach a consensus on the new funding plan, which takes a number of factors into consideration in deciding how educational resources will be shared.
Rep. Saylor Comments on Committee Hearing on His Property Tax Reduction Bill - 4/14/2015
A new proposal designed to reduce the property tax burden for all Pennsylvania homeowners was the topic of a House Finance Committee Hearing held recently in Harrisburg. House Bill 860 would increase the personal income tax and the sales tax rates to provide dollar-for-dollar reductions in the school property tax, and would employ a mechanism to offset future property tax increases. Bill sponsor Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), said his proposal differs from the Governor’s plan by allocating revenues directly to property tax relief, instead of the general fund, to prevent the money from being redistributed to other programs. House Bill 860 now awaits consideration by the House Finance Committee. From the State Capitol – Chuck Nichols Reports
Lawmakers Introduce Resolution to Review and Improve Technical Education in Pennsylvania - 2/24/2015
Legislation that would create a subcommittee to investigate and review technical education and career readiness in the Commonwealth has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Resolution 102 would charge the new subcommittee with finding ways to better match technical education with the needs of job creators in Pennsylvania. House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), said students can gain all the skills they need to have a good career without breaking the bank. House Resolution 102 now awaits consideration by the House Education Committee. From the State Capitol – Chuck Nichols Reports