My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
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.
Rep. Fred Keller Introduces State Employee Right to Work Bill - 1/22/2013
House Republicans unveiled a package of Right to Work legislation known as the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The six bill package is designed to end the practice of forced unionism as a condition of employment, and offer workers a choice on how to spend the money they earn. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union), prime sponsor of House Bill 52, said his bill would allow state workers to avoid compulsory union dues. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Says Bill to Ensure Solvency of PA’s Unemployment Compensation Fund Headed to Governor’s Desk - 6/7/2012
Legislation to ensure the fiscal health of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation fund has received final approval from the state House and will now move on to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep. Fred Keller (R- Snyder, Union) said that by borrowing to pay off the debt owed to the federal government, businesses will save money and continue to grow and provide jobs in the commonwealth. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Comments on House Passage of Legislation to Reduce Size of PA General Assembly - 4/5/2012
Landmark legislation to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly was approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder, Union) said a reduction in the size of the legislature could result in significant cost savings, and lead to a more efficient government. Chuck Nichols reports – story and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Fred Keller Calls for Action on Prevailing Wage Legislation - 10/5/2011
On the 50th anniversary of the state’s Prevailing Wage Act, House lawmakers joined industry officials in calling for action on a package of bills to reform the law and make sure it is working in the best interest of Pennsylvania Taxpayers. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder & Union) prime sponsor of House Bill 1329 said his bill would raise the spending threshold that would require a project fall under the prevailing wage system. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.