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Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Dunbar Measure to Protect Consumers of Daily Fantasy Sports Gaming in PA
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Legislation that would protect the consumers of online daily fantasy sports gaming and require fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been unanimously approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg. According to bill sponsor Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), the Commonwealth currently has no law on the books regarding fantasy sports gaming and this legislation would provide for regulations and consumer protections similar to those extended to casino patrons.
Rep. Dunbar Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation
House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.
Rep. Dunbar Comments on Launch of PennSAVE Initiative to Find Savings in Government
The House Majority Policy Committee today launched PennSAVE, a Republican-led effort to find ways to save taxpayer dollars by cutting government waste and inefficiencies. The PennSAVE acronym stands for: savings, accountability, value and efficiency. The special task force will be run by a subcommittee of the House Majority Policy Committee and will research several potential cost-saving measures across state government, including state agency and program consolidations; unaddressed audit findings; reform of government procurement policies and “corporate welfare” programs, as well as overall waste, fraud and abuse in the system. Comments are now available from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) on this new cost saving initiative.
Rep. Dunbar Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address
Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was announced Tuesday 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. Dunbar Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan
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. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Dunbar Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding to Governor's Desk
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 pursuit of increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian. Comments are now available from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland).
Dunbar Comments on House Passage of On-Time State Budget with No Tax Increases
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. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) on passage of the bill.
Rep. George Dunbar Comments on Public Official Gift Ban Legislation
Legislation designed to strengthen the law regarding gifts to public officials was introduced this week in Harrisburg. The Government Reform Caucus, comprised of a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the state House and Senate unveiled House Bill 43 and Senate Bill 885 at a press conference at the State Capitol on Monday. House Bill 43, along with its companion bill in the Senate, would prohibit public officials from accepting transportation, lodging, hospitality, or any items of economic value as a gift.
Rep. Dunbar Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New Spending
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 and sales tax, 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.
Rep. Dunbar Comments on Passage of State Budget Bill
The Pennsylvania House gave final approval to a $29.09 billion on-time state budget Monday in the state capitol that provides for a record high investment in public education without increasing the burden on taxpayers.