Latest Audio Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Masser Joins Call for Legalization of Video Gaming Terminals and use of the Tax Revenue as Part of Final Budget Plan Oct. 23, 2017 Download House Republican lawmakers called for the expansion of some forms of gaming to help close out the 2017-18 Pennsylvania state budget, at a news conference held Monday in Harrisburg. Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) was joined by Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia, Montour & Northumberland) in urging approval of legislation that would license and tax the unregulated video gaming terminal business already operating in many bars and clubs across the Commonwealth. The additional tax revenues generated would be used to help bring the state’s underfunded spending plan into balance. Rep. Masser offered the following comments on the legislation... Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Masser Comments on Governor's Budget Address Feb. 07, 2017 Download 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. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Masser Comments on Signing of Opioid Abuse Prevention Bills Nov. 02, 2016 Download 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. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Masser Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction Jun. 23, 2016 Download 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. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Masser Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget Mar. 16, 2016 Download 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.