My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Phillips-Hill Comments on Revenue-Generating Tax Cut Plan - 6/20/2017
A plan to bring in additional revenues for Pennsylvania state government by using targeted tax cuts to spur business growth was unveiled Tuesday in Harrisburg. The state’s current Corporate Net Income Tax (CNI) rate of 9.99 percent is one of the highest in the nation and is widely seen as a barrier to economic growth. Lawmakers said House Bill 1584 would make Pennsylvania more economically competitive by cutting the CNI rate, mirroring the 1981 Kemp-Roth federal law that generated a historic increase in business activity and tax revenues. Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) commented on the proposed legislation.
Phillips-Hill Comments on House Committee Vote to Approve a Bill Bringing PA into Compliance with the Federal REAL ID Law - 5/9/2017
Legislation that would bring the state of Pennsylvania into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, while offering citizens a choice in the form of identification they prefer, was approved unanimously Monday by the House State Government Committee. Committee member Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) said she felt the bill does a good job of meeting the need for compliance with federal ID standards, while providing an option for those Pennsylvanians who prefer the current form of driver’s license or photo identification card.
House Committee Advances Bill Co-Sponsored by Rep. Phillips-Hill Aimed At Expediting the Return of Military Veterans and Spouses to the Classroom - 5/23/2016
Veterans and their spouses who face obstacles when attempting to maintain state teaching certification due to the frequent moves required by military service would get a boost under legislation approved Monday by the House Education Committee. Co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) said House Bill 2078 would ease and simplify the transition process for those veterans and their spouses who move into Pennsylvania and seek to establish professional certifications for teaching in the public schools.
Rep. Phillips-Hill 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. Phillips-Hill Reacts to Governor’s Budget Announcement - 3/23/2016
At a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he intends to allow a budget approved by the General Assembly last week to become law without his signature. The move signals the end of a nine-month fiscal impasse in Pennsylvania. The 30 billion dollar spending plan allows money to flow to schools, corrections, and agriculture programs that had been held hostage during negotiations.
Rep. Phillips-Hill Comments on Passage of a Supplemental Funding Bill to Complete the 2015-16 State Budget - 3/17/2016
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 corrections and agriculture programs. The supplemental budget bill approved by the House and Senate would address the funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding. The legislation provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education lines, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will be forced to close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) said the budget supplement is a common sense move that will release funding for critical programs and keep schools open.
Rep. Phillips-Hill 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. Phillips-Hill 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. Phillips-Hill Comments on House Vote to Approve a Balanced, Responsible Budget - 12/8/2015
The Pennsylvania House approved a balanced state budget on Tuesday that would fund state programs and services and increase financial support for schools, without requiring a broad-based tax increase. The $30.2 billion budget bill would hold the increase in state spending to 3.7 percent, compared to the 16 percent increase initially proposed by Governor Wolf. House lawmakers said the spending plan approved Tuesday will provide for the prudent funding of the core functions of state government without the steep tax increases proposed by the governor last March.
Rep. Phillips-Hill 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.