Mike Turzai http://wesa.fm en Small Games to Expand to Bars in PA http://wesa.fm/post/small-games-expand-bars-pa <p>Supporters of compromise legislation that expands small games of chance in Pennsylvania believe everyone is a winner, including the state’s coffers.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday signed legislation that eases reporting requirements by private clubs — such as Elks and Moose Lodges, VFWs, American Legion Halls and fire departments — but now permits taverns to operate small games of chance including raffles and pull-tabs.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:02:07 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20518 at http://wesa.fm PA Lowers Debt Limit, Increases Capital Spending Controls http://wesa.fm/post/pa-lowers-debt-limit-increases-capital-spending-controls <p>With a unanimous vote, lawmakers in Harrisburg have taken the unusual step of lowering the state&rsquo;s ability to borrow money.&nbsp; The House and Senate approved a bill this week that reduces Pennsylvania&rsquo;s debt ceiling from $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Under Governor Rendell the debt limit was increased five times and we felt we needed to reduce our debt service payments and reduce our overall debt,&rdquo; said House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:02:06 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18296 at http://wesa.fm House GOP Leader Plans Vote on Transportation Funding Bill http://wesa.fm/post/house-gop-leader-plans-vote-transportation-funding-bill <p>The leader of the state House Republicans plans to seek a floor vote on a transportation funding proposal passed by the Senate last May.<br><br>Majority Leader Mike Turzai doesn't support the $2.5 billion proposal, but he notes that since Democrats are clamoring for it and the governor has noted his support for it, the measure should be brought to a vote.<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:44:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 17047 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo: Modernize, Don't Privatize Liquor Sales in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-modernize-dont-privatize-liquor-sales-pa <p>Just a day after the House Republican leader introduced another attempt to privatize liquor stores in Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh area lawmaker has unveiled legislation to modernize, but not eliminate, the state store system in the commonwealth.</p> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:53:23 +0000 Kevin Gavin 2136 at http://wesa.fm The Bell for Round One of the 2013 Liquor Privatization Fight has Sounded http://wesa.fm/post/bell-round-one-2013-liquor-privatization-fight-has-sounded <p>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s plan to privatize the state’s liquor stores is taking shape in the form of legislation.&nbsp; A plan was introduced in Harrisburg Tuesday that if nothing else will begin another round of&nbsp;debate.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 2150 at http://wesa.fm