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My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Kaufer Voices Support for Maintaining Independent Status of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs - 4/5/2017
Advocates who are opposed to the consolidation of state social service agencies, including the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, into a larger state bureaucracy rallied in the state Capitol Wednesday. Public testimony was heard about budget related agency consolidation proposals and questions were raised about the future status of specific state programs, the effects on customer service and how consolidation could limit input from populations served by as many as four state agencies. State lawmakers joined in the show of support for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and how it has played a positive role in helping many citizens to recover from opioid drug addiction. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) offered comments on this issue.
Kaufer Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA - 9/29/2016
On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf spoke before a joint session of the General Assembly about Pennsylvania’s ongoing opioid and heroin abuse crisis, calling for the legislature to address access and abuse of the drugs, from prescription to disposal.
Rep. Kaufer Comments on Efforts to Educate, Prevent Opioid Addiction - 9/20/2016
The PA-HOPE Caucus recently held a press conference in Harrisburg to promote efforts to combat drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) joined the Governor and several lawmakers in calling for action on legislation designed to prevent and slow the spread of opioid abuse, as well as expedite treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Kaufer Encourages Action on Bills to Combat Opioid Addiction - 9/8/2016
Legislation designed to address Pennsylvania’s ongoing battle with opioid addiction was the topic of a press conference held recently by Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne). Kaufer has introduced a package of legislation centered on a bill that would focus on providing addicts with medical treatment for their disease, and called for the legislature in a special session to consider ways to combat the effects of opioid addiction in Pennsylvania.
Kaufer Comments on Hearings about the Growing Drug Epidemic in PA - 8/3/2016
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are continuing a series of statewide hearings aimed at finding better ways to tackle Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis. The second of eight hearings was held Tuesday in Pittsburgh and included testimony from regional representatives of human services, medical and law enforcement organizations about the growing drug epidemic and what new strategies are needed to address the situation. The General Assembly will be convening a special session on the opioid crisis this fall in Harrisburg. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is attending the hearings and said this joint effort is the first step in finding what solutions will be essential to successfully addressing the drug addiction problems now facing the state.
Rep. Kaufer Comments on Ongoing Efforts to Combat Opioid Addiction - 6/23/2016
Legislative efforts to combat the Commonwealth’s growing problem with heroin and opioid addiction was the topic of discussion at a press conference held in the State Capitol on Thursday. House Leaders, joined by the Governor and other lawmakers, announced the completion of the recommendations set forth by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, and outlined plans to move the issue forward by initiating a special legislative session to tackle the problems associated with prescription drug abuse.
Rep. Aaron Kaufer Votes to Reverse Wolf’s Cuts to Education - 4/14/2016
The Pennsylvania House has passed new fiscal code legislation, restoring funding for more than 400 school districts whose appropriation was cut by the Governor, and bringing an end to the protracted 2015/16 budget cycle. House Bill 1589, which was approved by a veto-proof bipartisan vote of 149-45, will use the equitable funding formula which was unanimously approved by the Education Funding Commission to distribute money to schools in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Kaufer Comments on House Passage of 2015-16 Supplemental Budget Funding - 3/16/2016
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 money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth the supplemental budget legislation to address funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) said this balanced budget plan would provide much needed funding for education and hopes the governor will not continue to use his veto power to threaten to close Pennsylvania schools.
Rep. Kaufer Comments on Launch of PennSAVE Initiative to Find Savings in Government - 2/22/2016
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. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) on this new cost saving initiative.
Rep. Kaufer Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address - 2/10/2016
Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) 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.