My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative - 3/22/2017
A package of legislation designed to protect the rights and freedoms of employees in Pennsylvania was introduced in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative package of bills would give employees the right to opt in or out of union membership and would prevent compulsory or “fair-share” union dues by employees who may not support the political activities of their industry’s union.
Fred Keller 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.
Rep. Keller Comments on Passage of a Supplemental Funding Bill to Complete the 2015-16 State Budget - 3/17/2016
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 corrections and agriculture programs. The supplemental budget bill approved by the House and Senate would address the funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding. The legislation provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education lines, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will be forced to close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) said it is time for the state to completely release funding for critical programs and the governor needs to support this bi-partisan legislation.
Rep. Keller 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. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) joined other Upper Susquehanna Valley lawmakers in voicing their views on the state budget impasse and how it has affected their districts and constituents.
Keller 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. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) on passage of the bill.
Rep. Fred Keller Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending - 3/3/2015
Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives offered their reactions to Gov. Wolf’s $33.8 billion state budget proposal, delivered Tuesday before a joint session of the House and Senate. The Governor’s plan would increase state spending by $4.7 billion and also increase a variety of state taxes, including the personal income tax, sales tax, and tobacco taxes, as well as create a new gas severance tax which would be among the highest in the nation. An average Pennsylvania household with a median income of $52,548 would pay an additional 21% in state taxes under the Governor’s plan.
Keller Transparency Legislation Advances to Senate - 1/14/2014
Legislation to require school boards to provide no less than forty-eight hours public notice prior to voting on proposed collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts was recently approved by the Pennsylvania House in Harrisburg. Bill sponsor Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) said the legislation is designed to provide taxpayers with increased access to financial information and help ensure fiscal accountability. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Legislation to Reduce RACP Borrowing Limit - 10/17/2013
Legislation designed to reform the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) received unanimous bipartisan support from the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday. House Bill 493 would reduce the RACP debt ceiling by $600 million dollars and implement controls to ensure new projects are worthy of inclusion in the program which has long been plagued by spending abuse. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder, Union) said the RACP program has grown out of control and measures must be put in place to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for wasteful projects. House Bill 493 now awaits the Governor’s signature. Chuck Nichols reports... wraps and stand alone bites are available.
Rep. Fred Keller Chairs Committee Hearing on Prevailing Wage - 9/18/2013
Legislation that would revise the Commonwealth’s prevailing wage law was the topic of a recent hearing held by the House Labor and Industry Committee in Johnstown. The committee heard testimony on legislation that would change the monetary threshold for when taxpayer funded projects fall under the Prevailing Wage Act, from the current level set in 1963 to a more modern standard. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union), who chaired the hearing, said an update of the existing prevailing wage law is long overdue and would provide much needed financial relief to local governments. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on Introduction of Pension Reform Legislation - 5/8/2013
House and Senate lawmakers joined Governor Corbett this week in Harrisburg to introduce a pair of bills designed to provide significant short- and long- term relief for the underfunded State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union) said this is a serious fiscal crisis and steps must be taken now in order for both of the pension systems to remain solvent. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand-alone bite available.