My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Seth Grove Legislative Radio Report/Podcast - 1/13/2017
The Legislative Report Program/Podcast with Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.
Rep. Grove Announces Release of Taxpayer Caucus' "Framework for Pennsylvania" - 5/24/2016
A bicameral group of lawmakers has released the “Taxpayers’ Framework for Pennsylvania,” a comprehensive report identifying more than $3 billion in savings and efficiencies in state government. The report, released by the Pennsylvania Taxpayer’s Caucus, also includes recommendations to address the 2016-17 budget deficit with department specific policy proposals and savings derived from recommendations from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators.
Rep. Grove Calls for Equitable School Funding for Charter School Facilities - 5/4/2016
Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was joined by members of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools at a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg to call on lawmakers to adopt an education funding formula that provides equal dollars for traditional public and charter school facilities. Rep. Grove said fair funding is needed to ensure that both public and charter schools are prepared to provide the best education possible for students in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Grove Comments on Governor’s Budget Address - 2/9/2016
House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.
Rep. Grove Comments on Governor's Line Item Veto of Latest Budget - 12/29/2015
Money for schools and social service programs will begin to flow from state coffers, now that the Governor has accepted portions of a state budget passed by the General Assembly shortly before Christmas. Lawmakers credited the Governor with having finally done the right thing by using his authority to approve most line items, while blue-lining those he opposed, but also criticized his misrepresentations on education funding.
Rep. Grove Questions Governor’s Spending, Transparency During Budget Impasse - 12/3/2015
Lawmakers gathered in Harrisburg to voice their dissatisfaction with the spending practices of the Wolf Administration during the protracted budget impasse. According to a report issued on Thursday, more than $30 Billion were spent in the first four months of the fiscal year, with only $4 Billion having been reported to the PennWATCH website, a portal which allows public scrutiny of all state government spending.
Rep. Grove 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. Seth Grove (R-York) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Grove Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk - 9/24/2015
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. Grove Comments on Efforts to Ensure Funding to Vital Education and Human Service Programs - 8/26/2015
In an effort to restore funding to vital human service and education programs, the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday attempted a line by line override of the Governor’s blanket veto of the state budget. Funding for these human services providers and contractors has been suspended due to the budget veto. Lawmakers said they are working line by line to ensure these crucial programs, that would be funded at the same level the Governor initially proposed, could continue to provide services to those in need until a budget deal can be reached.
Grove Joins Members from York & Lancaster County to Blast Governor for Budget Delay, Continued Call for Tax Increases - 7/13/2015
House members from the York and Lancaster County Republican delegation called out Gov. Tom Wolf for his role in the current budget standoff during a news conference held Friday at the York County School of Technology. The event took place more than a week after Wolf vetoed a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that actually increased school funding without need for tax increases, and his subsequent vetoes of both pension reform and liquor privatization legislation. Republican House members characterized the governor’s actions as counterproductive and said his vetoes of much needed reform bills indicate his preference to see state government continuing to do business as usual in Pennsylvania.Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) commented at the event.