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PA House Podcast - Rep. Brown, Nelson & Struzzi discuss Budget Reforms

Jun. 19, 2019  Download

This PA House Podcast presents a roundtable discussion on a package of Budget Reform bills recently approved by the House. The conversation includes Rep. Rosemary Brown of Monroe and Pike Counties, a member of the House Appropriations Committee; Rep. Eric Nelson of Westmoreland County, a businessman and member of the Government Oversight Committee; and Rep. Jim Struzzi of Indiana County, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. These lawmakers are sponsors of legislation designed to reform and improve the budget process in Pennsylvania and avoid many of the problems and pitfalls seen in past state budgets

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Nelson Prime Sponsors Bill in Energize PA Package

Apr. 30, 2019  Download

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and fellow legislators unveiled “Energize PA,” a pro-growth, pro-jobs legislative package that will create jobs and redevelop infrastructure with no new fees or taxes. Turzai and House Republican bill sponsors spoke at a Capitol press conference this week in Harrisburg about the package that is designed to create jobs, re-use abandoned manufacturing sites, and streamline permitting processes for brownfields and other sites. Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) is the prime sponsor of a bill in this package.

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Nelson Supports Bill to Delay Changes to PA’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program

Apr. 09, 2019  Download

Lawmakers and county transportation officials recently spoke in support of bipartisan legislation to delay upcoming changes to the Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP), that provides shared rides to medical appointments for MA recipients when other means are unavailable. Changes made last year to the state’s Human Services Code included a requirement that the Department of Human Services revamp the widely used transportation program to require providing services through a statewide or regional broker. While the shift may help urban counties to improve the delivery of services and achieve savings through increased federal reimbursements, there is deep concern among lawmakers that the new system could increase transportation difficulties and costs for rural areas. At a press conference held Tuesday in the state capitol, cosponsor of the bill Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) said delayed implementation would allow for a thorough review of the plan.

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Nelson Stands in Support of Good Jobs for Pennsylvania Bills to Boost Career and Technical Education

Mar. 25, 2019  Download

Lawmakers, students and supporters of improving workforce development programs rallied in Harrisburg on Monday to acknowledge the successful passage of a Good Jobs for Pennsylvania package of legislation by the full House. The 11-bill package would help match up interested students and individuals with the best training for their career paths. The bipartisan, career and technical education (CTE) package includes measures to address workforce shortages in business and industry, strengthen educational partnerships with employers, increase access to career oriented technical training and alleviate misperceptions regarding vocational education programs. Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) voiced his support for the package of legislation that gives students a wider opportunity for career success..

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Nelson Joins Lawmakers, Business and Labor Leaders in Calling for Support of Responsible Gas Pipeline Development

Mar. 19, 2019  Download

A bicameral group of lawmakers joined with business and labor leaders Tuesday in Harrisburg to call for continued progress on improvements to the network of pipelines that moves natural gas produced in Pennsylvania safely and efficiently to markets and industrial users. Participants said the future of Pennsylvania’s economy as well as continued investment by industries that utilize natural gas is dependent on having an adequate pipeline infrastructure in place. Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) spoke at the event and said he believes responsible pipeline expansion is a critical component to ensuring future job creation in Pennsylvania.

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Rep. Nelson Optimistic About Budget Agreement on Workforce Development

Feb. 05, 2019  Download

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-2020 state budget proposal on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The $34.15 billion spending plan represents a nearly 1 billion dollar increase in state spending over last year. House Republicans said the Commonwealth should be focused on controlling spending and the education and development of our workforce..

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Rep. Nelson Comments on House Passage of 2018-19 State Budget

Jun. 20, 2018  Download

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Appropriation bill (House Bill 2121) is on its way to the state Senate for consideration after the House of Representatives passed it Thursday by a vote of 188-10. The $32.7 billion spending plan increases growth by 1.7 percent, which is below the rate of inflation (2.13 percent), requires no additional taxes or revenues and officially erases a deficit. The budget also includes a record high $12.3 billion investment in education from pre-k through 12th grade, with additional increases in funding for career and technical education as well as higher education. The budget bill is expected to be sent to the governor prior to June 30, after anticipated Senate passage.

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Rep. Nelson Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal

Feb. 06, 2018  Download

The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.

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Rep. Nelson Comments on "Taxpayer's Budget"

Sep. 05, 2017  Download

In an effort to protect Pennsylvanians from widespread tax increases proposed as a method to close the state’s budget deficit, a group of House Republican Lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bring the Commonwealth’s spending plan into balance without dipping into the checkbooks of taxpayers. The “Taxpayer’s Budget” would utilize money currently sitting idle in over 200 state-held accounts and redirect it to close budgetary shortfalls.

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Nelson Comments on Passage of Landmark Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 08, 2017  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s state employee and public school employee retirement systems has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1 would establish a hybrid retirement benefit plan, including defined benefit and defined contribution components. New employees would be mandatory members of the new hybrid plan.