My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Curt Sonney Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 2/10/2017
The bi-weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
Sonney Comments on Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
Rep. Curt Sonney Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 1/27/2017
The bi-weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
Sonney Comments on Liquor Modernization Legislation - 6/8/2016
Legislation designed to bring wine sales to grocery stores and improve consumer convenience for liquor sales across the state has been signed into law. Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), co-sponsor of House Bill 1690, said that consumers will benefit from the added convenience this law affords, as well as the local wine industry, which will greatly benefit from a provision allowing direct shipment of wine to customer’s homes. Chuck Nichols Reports – Story and Bite available.
Rep. Sonney 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. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) said it is past time to complete the budget before local schools are forced to close their doors..
Rep. Sonney 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.
Sonney Comments on Passage of On-time, Balanced State Budget and Liquor Privatization Legislation - 6/30/2015
The Pennsylvania House voted this week on a number of statewide issues that directly impact Pennsylvania schools, communities and taxpayers. On Saturday the House approved a $30.18 billion state budget that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden on Pennsylvania citizens. The balanced budget legislation includes more than $200 million in increases for early childhood education, basic education and higher education; as well as additional funding for people with intellectual disabilities. The House also voted on 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. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) offered his comments on passage of the bills.
Sonney Comments on House Passage of Public Pension Reform Legislation - 6/30/2015
The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday in favor of public pension reform for the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 1 addresses the rapidly rising costs of the current pension system for public school and state employees without removing any benefits already earned by current employees or affecting the pension benefits of current retirees. The legislation would establish a hybrid defined contribution/cash balance plan for all future state and school employees. The pension reform bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) offered comments following passage of the legislation.
Sonney Comments on PA House Passage of an On-Time, No Tax-Increase Budget - 6/28/2015
The House approved a $30.18 billion state budget on Saturday that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden on Pennsylvania citizens. The balanced budget legislation includes more than $200 million in increases for early childhood education, basic education and higher education; as well as additional funding for people with intellectual disabilities. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration and is expected to proceed to the governor’s desk later this week. Comments are now available from Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie).
Rep. Sonney Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending - 3/3/2015
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, sales tax, and tobacco taxes, 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.