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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Marshall Comments on Governor's Budget Address
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.
Marshall Pleased with Shell’s Announcement They Will Follow Through on Building a Natural Gas Cracker Plant in Beaver County
State lawmakers are pleased with the recent announcement by Shell Chemical that they will commit to the construction of a major petrochemical complex in Beaver County that includes an ethylene cracker plant. Development of the plant is viewed as a major victory for those who championed pro-growth state energy policies that put incentives in place to encourage the use of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania. Building the plant is expected to create as many as 6000 construction jobs and an additional 600 full-time permanent jobs to staff the facility near Pittsburgh.
Rep. Marshall Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget
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. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver)v said it is past time to complete the budget and hopes the governor will not continue to use his veto power to hold these programs hostage.
Rep. Marshall Joins Members of MADD in Call for Legislative Action on Expanded Ignition Interlock Bill This Year
Lawmakers were joined by members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tuesday in Harrisburg to call for action on legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s ignition interlock program to make the devices mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with blood alcohol levels that measure over .10 percent. Ignition interlock systems have been proven effective in reducing recidivism rates for drunk driving, and in the 15 states that have enacted similar laws, drunk driving deaths have declined by as much as 45 percent. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said he believes the expanded ignition interlock bill should be a high priority for action by the House Transportation Committee this year.
Rep. Marshall Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address
Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver & Butler) 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. Marshall Comments on Dedication of POW-MIA Chair of Honor
Lawmakers gathered in Harrisburg on Wednesday to honor and remember Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action by dedicating a POW-MIA Chair of Honor. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said we must make sure that future generations know about those who sacrificed so much for our country.
Rep. Marshall Comments on House Passage of Transportation Funding Bill
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Legislation designed to provide funding for transportation infrastructure has been passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said the Commonwealth must invest in our infrastructure in order to move the state’s economy forward. House Bill 1060 now awaits the Governor’s signature. Chuck Nichols reporting. Full story and complete House floor comments are available.
Rep. Marshall Welcomes State Champions, Beaver Falls High School Boys’ Basketball Team to Capitol
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Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) proudly welcomed the Beaver Falls High School boys’ basketball team to the state Capitol on Monday, May 13, and recognized them on the House floor for winning the 2012-13 PIAA State Class AA Boys’ Basketball Championship earlier this year. Rep. Marshall said he was particularly pleased to recognize the teams’ championship season because he is an alumnus of Beaver Falls High School. Mike Davies reporting. Full story and complete House floor comments are available.
Rep. Marshall Comments Following Hearing on Improving Workforce Development in Western PA
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Job creation and workforce development strategies were the topic of a public hearing held Wednesday by the House Majority Policy Committee in Westmoreland County. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said lawmakers heard testimony from local businesses, job training programs and educational institutions about what state government needs to do to help produce the trained workers that employers in Western Pennsylvania need. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Jim Marshall Comments on Bill to Use Tax Credits to Bring Natural Gas Refinery and Related Industries to PA
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Governor Corbett, along with several lawmakers, industry leaders, and union officials gathered in Harrisburg on Wednesday to call for support of legislation designed to entice a large natural gas refinery to locate in western Pennsylvania. The refinery and associated industries could bring thousands of jobs to the Commonwealth. Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) said Pennsylvania is rich with natural gas resources, and steps must be taken to ensure that related jobs are generated in the state. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.