My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Masser 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.
Masser Comments on Signing of Opioid Abuse Prevention Bills - 11/2/2016
On Wednesday, a package of legislation designed to arrest the growing opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation will address drug availability and access as well as treatment for those who have become dependent. Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia, Montour, Northumberland) said his family knows firsthand the perils of addiction and he is happy that this first step has been taken to combat the opioid issue in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Masser Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction - 6/23/2016
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
Rep. Masser 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. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia, Montour & Northumberland) said it is past time to complete the budget before local schools are forced to close their doors.
Rep. Masser Comments on Introduction of a Package of Bills Aimed at Dealing with Opioid Addiction - 11/17/2015
A package of legislation aimed at dealing with a broad range of problems brought about by the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications in Pennsylvania was recently introduced in Harrisburg. The six bills are the result of a comprehensive review by a legislative task force of the widespread use of opioid drugs and what actions are presently being taken by state agencies, law enforcement, healthcare organizations and addiction service providers. At a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg,Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia, Montour & Northumberland) said he has introduced legislation aimed at improving addiction education requirements for doctors and pharmacists in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Masser 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. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Masser Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk - 9/25/2015
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 his quest for increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian.
Rep. Masser Comments on Efforts to Ensure Funding to Vital Education and Human Service Programs - 8/25/2015
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.
Rep. Masser Comments on Continuing Budget Stalemate - 8/13/2015
Pennsylvania Lawmakers are continuing to express concern about the governor’s complete veto of the state budget and subsequent failure to engage in substantive negotiations to end the funding crisis for hard hit human services agencies and schools. At a news conference held Wednesday at the Pik Rite corporation in Lewisburg, Union County; Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) joined other Upper Susquehanna Valley lawmakers in voicing their views on the state budget impasse and how it has affected their districts and constituents.
Masser 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. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia, Montour & Northumberland) on passage of the bill.