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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Mustio Interviewed on Video Gaming Legislation by KDKA Radio's Mike Pintek on March 28, 2017
Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) discussed his recently introduced legislation to legalize video gaming terminals in Pennsylvania on KDKA Radio's Mike Pintek program on Tuesday March 28th.
Rep. Mustio Introduces Legislation to Legalize Video Gaming Terminals in Pennsylvania
Legislation designed to legalize games of chance through video gaming terminals in licensed establishments within Pennsylvania was introduced Monday in Harrisburg by a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers. Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny), prime sponsor of House Bill 1010, said since the revenues from casino based gaming have leveled out, it makes sense to put state regulations in place to govern the use of video gaming terminals that currently operate unlicensed and untaxed in many bars and clubs.
Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Assistance Program for Distressed Neighborhoods
Legislation designed to increase funding for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program was the topic of a hearing held recently in Pittsburgh by the House Finance Committee. Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny), prime sponsor of House Bill 2213, said this is a successful program, and he wants to expand its capacity to rejuvenate communities across the Commonwealth.
Mustio 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.
Mustio Supports Expansion of Video Gaming Terminals Outside Casinos
The legalization of Video Gaming Terminals in Pennsylvania taverns and clubs was the topic of a press conference held in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) said that the state cannot afford to miss out on the millions of dollars in annual revenue that could be realized by widening the scope of gaming legislation in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Mustio 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. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) said it is past time to complete the budget and she hopes the governor will not continue to hold these programs hostage.
Rep. Mustio Comments on Governor’s Budget Address
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.
Rep. Mustio Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan
The Pennsylvania House voted to defeat the Governor’s tax increase proposal Wednesday in Harrisburg. The latest version of the tax legislation would have increased the personal income taxes by 16 percent, from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent, and would have levied one of the highest tax rates on the production of natural gas in the nation. House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the Governor’s tax plan and called for action on a state budget that will balance without increasing the burden on hard-working Pennsylvanians. Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Mustio Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding to the Governor's Desk
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 pursuit of increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments are now available from Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny).
Rep. Mustio Comments on Efforts to Ensure Funding to Vital Education and Human Service Programs
The Pennsylvania House, in an effort to restore funding to vital programs suffering from the Governor’s complete rejection of the budget, attempted to override the Governor’s veto on a line by line basis for critical education and human service programs. Funding for providers and contractors has been suspended due to the veto, and lawmakers said they are working to ensure these programs are supported until a budget deal can be reached.