My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Hahn Reacts to Governor's Budget Announcement - 3/23/2016
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. Hahn Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget - 3/16/2016
Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth the supplemental budget legislation to address funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) said it is past time to complete the budget and provide much needed funding for schools and other critical programs without raising taxes.
Rep. Hahn Joins Penn State Ag Council, 4-Hers in Calling on Gov to Restore Funding to Vital Ag Research & Extension Programs - 3/9/2016
House lawmakers joined dozens of Penn State Ag Council members and 4-H members Wednesday in the state capitol to call for the restoration of more than $50 million in funding for the university’s agriculture research and extension programs. A failure to restore the funding vetoed in December by Governor Wolf would force Penn State University to begin shutting down its agriculture operations and outreach by May 1st, putting at risk an estimated 1,100 jobs within Penn State Extension and research. In addition to the impact on jobs, eliminating the $50 million investment could cause an economic loss for the state of more than $260 million. And it would also mean an end to Penn State’s 4-H program, which helps to prepare future leaders in the state’s agriculture community. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) attended the event and commented on the effort to restore this crucial funding.
Rep. Hahn Comments on Launch of PennSAVE Initiative to Find Savings in Government - 2/22/2016
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. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) on this new cost saving initiative.
Rep. Hahn Offers Her Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address - 2/10/2016
Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) offered her 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. Hahn Comments on House Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation - 3/22/2013
Legislation that would get the Commonwealth out of the business of selling wine and liquor was passed by the Pennsylvania House on Thursday. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) said people want more choice in where they get alcoholic beverages, and House Bill 790 provides choice while maintaining a viable business plan for beer distributors. House Bill 790 now moves the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Pennsylvania House Approves Rep. Hahn's Rare Disease Day Resolution - 2/21/2013
The Pennsylvania House has unanimously approved a resolution designating February 28, 2013 as “Rare Disease Day” in the Commonwealth. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), who sponsored House Resolution 84, said there are thousands of diseases that affect a relatively small number of people, and that awareness and education are needed to ensure that those suffering from these rare ailments get the treatment they need and deserve. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Marcia Hahn Comments on Her Pennsylvania Long Rifle Bill - 2/14/2013
Legislation that would designate the Pennsylvania Long Rifle as the Commonwealth’s official firearm has been introduced in Harrisburg. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), prime sponsor of House Bill 636, said the Pennsylvania Long Rifle deserves recognition for the significant role it played in the history of our nation and state. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Hahn's Police Training Legislation Signed Into Law - 11/13/2012
Legislation that will allow basic training requirements for police officer candidates to be waived for those individuals who have completed federal and military law enforcement training was recently signed into law. Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), prime sponsor of House Bill 2043, said there is no need to waste resources re-training those who already meet qualifications. Chuck Nichols reports... wrap and stand alone bite available.