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THE

TURZAI REPORT

PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID HARRISBURG, PA PERMIT NO. 529

Spring 2010

2010-11 State Budget: Let’s Take the Opportunity to Protect Taxpayers
Governor Rendell’s 2010-11 budget proposal increases spending by more than a billion dollars over the current budget. We cannot continue down this path. This proposal just spends more of your hard-earned dollars. To pay for this spending, the Governor wants to increase sales taxes overall by some $1 billion by making you pay sales taxes on new items. The tax would now apply to such items as water and sewage, basic cable, land-line telephones, residential electric and others. His plan also expands the sales tax to services rendered, such as computer, accounting and legal services. Many of these are small businesses which are the life blood of our economy. It does not make sense to expand the sales tax, particularly when it is being used to increase taxes overall and to pay for more General Fund spending. We should not increase any taxes. We need to cut spending, period. All aspects of government – the Legislature included – need to downsize. Keep in mind that spending has increased by about 40 percent under this administration, while the rate of inflation was less than 20 percent over the same period of time. I have consistently opposed this unsustainable spending. There was and is room for reducing expenditures, particularly during a down economy. There was some frustration over last year’s budget impasse. The Governor wanted a massive increase in spending and an increase in the personal income tax to pay for it. We opposed this approach. To stand strong for taxpayers, we put forth an alternative budget that restored fiscal discipline but still prioritized funding for education, hospitals and law enforcement. We reduced overall spending by almost $1 billion. And most importantly, we required no new taxes. We ended up with a budget that was slightly less than the prior year, but it still increased taxes. I voted against this package because it did not reduce spending enough and increased taxes on job creators. It also relied too much on federal stimulus spending. We made significant headway in that we finally saw some decrease in spending. The Governor first proposed increasing spending by a billion dollars more Turzai Honored for Perfect Attendance than the prior year. We did, in fact, stop the 17 percent personal income tax increase the Governor sought. I stood strong against the effort to increase the personal income tax to pay for over one billion dollars more in spending. If we would have caved in, you would have been paying more of your hard-earned income to Harrisburg. This would have been wrong! As we approach the 2010-11 budget negotiations, we need to get the state’s fiscal house in order. We need to hold the line on taxes – and ultimately need to reduce them. Families and businesses across Pennsylvania have tightened their belts. We must do the same in Pennsylvania. Follow my web site at www.RepTurzai.com to stay up-to-date on the budget process this Rep. Turzai was honored for having perfect attendance during the 2007-08 year. Please contact me if you have questions Legislative Session. He is pictured with House Republican Leader Sam or want to offer your input.
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Turzai Fights to Cut Government Spending
Before last year’s budget, Rep. Turzai and Rep. Tom Quigley proposed a plan to eliminate 32 programs from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), saving taxpayers over $300 million. Their proposal eliminated much of the “walking around money” within DCED. By way of example, Rep. Turzai’s bill eliminated the Opportunity Grant Program, which awarded grants to certain businesses picked by the Governor. A report by the Auditor General highlighted a significant lack of oversight over the Opportunity Grant Program. The Associated Press also reported that 60 percent of the 360 companies that received grants between 2000 and 2003 did not create the jobs they had promised. Rep. Turzai and others believed that tax cuts would have a more beneficial impact than a “corporate welfare” program that had government picking winners and losers. While the Governor originally criticized Rep. Turzai’s proposal, in the end, 20 of those 32 programs were eliminated from the budget and the funding for 11 other programs was significantly reduced. The elimination of the 20 programs saved taxpayers $200 million. The reduction in funding for the 11 other programs saved the taxpayers an additional $30 million, for a total savings of $230 million.
At a press conference on Nov. 10, Rep. Mike Turzai unveiled legislation, House Bill 2080, that would save the state millions of dollars by significantly curtailing the Department of Public Welfare’s (DPW) special allowance program, a program that allows DPW to give out discretionary dollars to welfare recipients. In August 2009, Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner released a report citing the potential for fraud in 45 percent of the special allowance cases examined. The audit found that DPW dispenses more than $200 million in special allowances per year. Among the problems with the program cited in the Auditor General’s report are: lax oversight and lack of proper management of the program, lack of accountability for payments, duplicate payments made for the same services, recurring payments that were made without review and were often paid beyond the point of eligibility or need, and refusal by DPW to cooperate with the audit. Turzai’s legislation would bring greater accountability to the dollars spent on the program by requiring documentation of all payments made, limiting the types of assistance permitted and eliminating duplicative programs.

Turzai Supports Reducing Size of Legislature, Other Needed Reforms
Turzai voted against payraise, never took it
We need real reform in Harrisburg. I have been out front for needed change. I voted against the payraise and did not take it. I also helped lead the repeal of the payraise. I support reducing the size of the Legislature. My colleague, Rep. Mike Reese, and I introduced House Bill 2332 to reduce the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 members to 151. This proposal would also require a mandatory 20 percent reduction in staff. I am a co-sponsor of every proposal to reduce the size of the legislature and will vote in favor of any such measure. Our caucus is eliminating positions through attrition and has frozen staff salaries. I am introducing a bill to privatize the liquor stores in Pennsylvania, am a cosponsor of a bill to merge the Turnpike Commission and PennDOT, and support overhauling the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, also known as PHEAA.

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28th District Road Projects
Bridge Projects
• Grubbs Road Bridge: This project will replace the bridge that carries Grubbs Road over Pine Creek in the Town of McCandless. Traffic will be detoured during the work. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2010. • I-79 Bridges: This project will repair/replace existing expansion joints, deck, deteriorated concrete and paint on five bridges between I-279 and Route 19 in Marshall Township. The project will begin this summer and will be completed in 2012. The bridges include: • I-79 northbound and southbound over Mingo Road (deck replacements). • I-79 northbound and southbound over Warrendale Bayne Road (latex overlays). • Ramp from I-79 northbound to Route 19 at the Cranberry exit (expansion dam replacement). • Route 910 Bridge Replacement: This project will replace an existing bridge with new box culvert on Route 910 near the intersection of Grubb’s Road in Richland Township. Traffic will be detoured during the work. This project is expected to be completed by the end of November 2010.

Roadway Projects
• Route 19 will be resurfaced from Pine Creek Hill to Wallace Road. • Salem Hollow Road will be milled and resurfaced. • Wexford Bayne Road will be milled and resurfaced.

Traffic/Safety Projects
• ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) message boards will be installed on I-279 (Parkway North) from Camp Horne Road in Ross Township to I-79 in Franklin Park Borough. This project is expected to be completed this fall. • McKnight Road traffic signals will be upgraded and coordinated between Pine Creek Road and Siebert Road. This project is expected to be completed this fall. • Upgrades and retiming of traffic signals will take place on Route 19. This project is expected to be completed this fall. • Left turn lanes will be constructed at the intersection of Route 910 (Wexford Bayne Road) at Wexford Run Road in Marshall Township. The project also includes adjusting traffic signals. This project is expected to be completed in late summer 2011. • Warrendale Bayne Road Improvements: Single lane traffic will be maintained during this project to widen and improve intersections on Warrendale Bayne Road in Marshall Township. Work is expected to be finished in spring 2010.

On Jan. 29, Rep. Mike Turzai visited with Ms. Tracy Devlin and Mr. Matt Murslack’s 8th grade social studies classes in North Allegheny’s Marshall Middle School.

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Eagle Scout Honorees
Andrew K. Kuremsky Evan R. Bellan Clarke G. Lewis Adam D. Smith Timothy T. Korenich Paul J. Burkhart Christopher L. Porter William J. Carl John M. Vais James Jackson Brennan J. McGovern Andrew K. Fishell Matthew J. Magdic David M. Wilkins Jeffrey Campbell Jacob Dowling Brian D. Elinsky Colin Madigan Steven A. Smith Jake A. Weidman Dennis M. German Jeremiah German Joshua Weis Joshua E. Cupka J. Patrick Baum Matthew Roadarmel Michael Motta Scott Simpson Joseph Mannino Michael Weakland Clay O’Connor Eric Sinclair Jake Maxwell Eric Gaertner Feb. 16, 2009 March 2, 2009 March 2, 2009 March 2, 2009 March 7, 2009 March 14, 2009 March 14, 2009 March 26, 2009 April 5, 2009 May 17, 2009 May 17, 2009 May 18, 2009 May 30, 2009 May 30, 2009 June 6, 2009 June 6, 2009 June 8, 2009 June 8, 2009 June 8, 2009 June 8, 2009 June 9, 2009 June 9, 2009 June 9, 2009 June 13, 2009 June 29, 2009 Aug. 30, 2009 Sept. 13, 2009 Oct. 4, 2009 Nov. 21, 2009 Nov. 28, 2009 Nov. 28, 2009 Nov. 28, 2009 Nov. 28, 2009 Dec. 21, 2009 Troop 398 Troop 398 Troop 398 Troop 398 Troop 329 Troop 653 Troop 653 Troop 150 Troop 377 Troop 344 Troop 81 Troop 398 Troop 36 Troop 36 Troop 36 Troop 344 Troop 398 Troop 398 Troop 335 Troop 335 Troop 171 Troop 171 Troop 171 Troop 377 Troop 398 Troop 81 Troop 377 Troop 150 Troop 150 Troop 81 Troop 81 Troop 81 Troop 81 Troop 335

On Feb. 27, Rep. Mike Turzai attended a Court of Honor for new Eagle Scouts John B. Lombardo, Jr., a senior at Pine-Richland High School, and Aaron Krueger, a senior at North Catholic High School. Both young men are members of Boy Scout Troop 344 which meets at Salem United Methodist Church in Wexford.

Srikanth Palanisamy Michael Koon H. Aaron Krueger John B. Lombardo, Jr. Leal Klingensmith

Dec. 21, 2009 Jan. 4, 2010 Feb. 27, 2010 Feb. 27, 2010 March 28, 2010

Troop 335 Troop 329 Troop 344 Troop 344 Troop 150

Girl Scout Gold Award Honorees
Shelby Cunningham Cara Hertneky Alex Kluthe Amanda Scheboth Maria Munsch March 4, 2009 March 23, 2009 March 23, 2009 April 16, 2009 Feb. 5, 2010 Troop 1552 Troop 265 Troop 265 Juliette Juliette

*Please contact my district office if you know of an Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award honoree who is not named in the above list.

On Jan. 30, Rep. Mike Turzai attended the Highland Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Awards Banquet. Pictured from left to right are Ron Monper, Highland VFD president; Toby Cordek, town manager for the Town of McCandless; Norm Voegler Jr., Highland VFD second lieutenant; Turzai; and Ralph LeDonne, legislative assistant and Town of McCandless councilman.

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DISTRICT OFFICE:

State Representative Mike Turzai

PO Box 202028 Room 428 Main Capitol Harrisburg, PA 17120-2028 Phone: (717) 772-9943 E-MAIL: mturzai@pahousegop.com

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