My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Quigly 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. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) said it is past time to close out this years' state budget in order for the legislature to move on with next year's fiscal plan.
Rep. Quigley 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.
Rep. Quigley 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. Quigley Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan - 10/7/2015
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. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Quigley Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding 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 pursuit of increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments are now available from Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery).
Rep. Quigley 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.
Rep. Tom Quigley Comments on Budget Delay, Governor's Insistence on Tax Increases - 7/20/2015
House members from the Delaware and Montgomery County Republican delegation voiced their criticism of tactics used by Gov. Tom Wolf in the current budget standoff during a news conference held Monday at the Montgomery County Court House. In early July the governor acted to veto a balanced spending plan for 2015-16 that would have increased school funding without need for any tax increase, and subsequently vetoed landmark pension reform and liquor privatization legislation. Republican House members characterized the governor’s actions as counterproductive and condemned the tactic of using a Washington DC headquartered lobbying group to wage a negative campaign against Republican House members who voted to hold the line on tax increases.
Quigley Comments on House Passage of On-Time State Budget with No Tax Increases - 6/27/2015
The House voted today, 112-77, in favor a $30.18 billion state budget that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden for Pennsylvania citizens. The 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 go to the governor’s desk in the next several days. Comments are now available from Rep. Thomas Quigley (R-Montgomery) on passage of the bill.
Rep. Quigley Comments on Inauguration - 1/6/2015
Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) said he is happy to return to the legislature and get to work on property taxes and other issues facing the Commonwealth.
Rep. Quigley Says School Cost Drivers Were the Focus of Select Committee on Property Tax Reform Hearing - 9/24/2012
Mandates, pension concerns, and other issues that influence school property taxes were the topic of a hearing held on Monday in Harrisburg by the House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform. Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery), committee chairman, said that in order to reduce or eliminate property taxes, the state must understand issues that force school districts to continually raise tax rates. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.