WHAT: A news conference to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s created budget impasse, along with its expected impact on constituents and local social services. The lawmakers will also reiterate their opposition to the governor’s $13 billion tax increase over two years on Pennsylvania’s working families, and the impact of a potential natural gas severance tax on local businesses.
One month has passed since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the state budget. The goal should be to enact a budget built upon fact versus one built on the propaganda being circulated by the governor and special interest groups from Washington, D.C.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) and his fellow lawmakers today sent an open letter to Pennsylvania taxpayers urging them to call Gov. Tom Wolf and tell him to stop his misguided plan to tax middle class families who are already struggling to make ends meet. The text of the letter follows:
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) is encouraging local residents to be on the alert for an ongoing and resurgent nationwide telephone scam.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) issued the following statement regarding his “no” vote on House Bill 504, which was advanced by the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday:
MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (85th District) will be hosting a second town hall meeting from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the Paxtonville VFW, 1555 Paxtonville Road, Middleburg. The meeting will include a discussion of the budget process as well as other state-related issues.
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) and Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) are inviting those involved with area fire companies and EMS units to a meeting with Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay.
MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (85th District) invites residents of Union and Snyder counties to two town hall meetings to discuss the budget process and other state-related issues.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s budget address and proposal:
The 199th Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly began on Tuesday, Jan. 6, when members of the state House and Senate took the oath of office. Pictured, from left, are area lawmakers, Rep. Fred Keller (R-Union/Snyder), Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland), and Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder). The 2015-16 legislative session marks each of the lawmakers third term serving area residents in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Either we face the truth or the taxpayers will suffer the consequences of inaction. Pennsylvania’s two pension systems, the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and State Employees Retirement System (SERS), are underfunded by no less than $50 billion, using the most optimistic calculations. This liability equates to a bill of more than $4,000 to every man, woman and child who resides in this Commonwealth. I have, and will continue to advocate for reform with the goals of protecting the benefits already earned by both retirees and current employees, providing future employees a method to save for retirement, and most importantly making the plan affordable to the Pennsylvania taxpayers who must fund all government services. Understanding the significant flaws of the current system and the subsequent causes of the $50 billion unfunded liability are essential to developing a solution which supports these goals.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th District) today announced that Union and Snyder counties will receive more than $81,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected during calendar year 2013. Checks will be distributed by July 1.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th District) to amend the Public School Code to require school boards to provide no less than forty-eight hours’ public notice prior to voting upon any proposed collective bargaining agreement or employment contract (House Bill 1741) passed the state House today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) has introduced legislation to require all state sponsored materials, publications and publicly accessible Internet websites feature the phrase “Prepared or Compiled Using Taxpayer Resources.”
MIFFLINBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-Union/Snyder) and SUN Area Dairy Princess Ashley Wetzel invite residents of Union and Snyder counties to join them at Keller’s district office in Mifflinburg for a “Cheese Break” in celebration of National Cheese Month.