My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Millard Comments on Governor's Budget Address - 2/7/2017
Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg. The Governor proposed a $32.3 billion spending plan with no new major taxes for the upcoming fiscal year. House Republicans were encouraged by the Governor’s decision to work with lawmakers to explore several cost-saving measures in order to balance the budget.
Rep. Millard Visits the 101st Annual PA Farm Show, a Showcase of the Best Pennsylvania Agriculture has to Offer - 1/12/2017
The 101st Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is ongoing this week in Harrisburg with record crowds expected to be on hand to view the largest agricultural exposition on the east coast. The event showcases Pennsylvania’s largest production industry – agriculture, and offers hundreds of farmers and others involved in agriculture an opportunity to exhibit their products and compete for prizes. Rep. Dave Millard (R-Columbia) attended this year’s week long show to speak with and visit people from his legislative district involved in exhibits and competitions.
Rep. Millard 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. Dave Millard (R-Columbia) said this balanced budget bill would provide much needed funding for Pennsylvania schools and the governor should support the plan.
Rep. Millard 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. Dave Millard (R-Colunbia) on this new cost saving initiative.
Rep. Dave Millard on WHLM "Morning Buzz" Program - November 19, 2015 - 11/19/2015
Rep. Dave Millard was interviewed on the WHLM "Morning Buzz" program on October 29, 2015. The program included discussion of the state budget crisis that continues to face Pennsylvania. Joining Rep. Millard on this program is Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill), author of property tax elimination legislation now moving through the state Senate.
Rep. Dave Millard on WHLM "Morning Buzz" Program -October 29, 2015 - 10/29/2015
Rep. Dave Millard was interviewed on the WHLM "Morning Buzz" program on October 29, 2015. The program included discussion of the budget crisis that continues to face schools and human service agencies in Pennsylvania due to the governor's veto of every spending authorization bill that has been put on his desk this year.
Rep. Millard Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk - 9/24/2015
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 his quest for increased taxation on every Pennsylvanian.
Rep. Millard Comments on Veto Override Efforts to Ensure Funding for Service Programs - 8/26/2015
In an effort to restore funding to vital human service and education programs, the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday attempted a line by line override of the Governor’s blanket veto of the state budget. Funding for these human services providers and contractors has been suspended due to the budget veto. Lawmakers said they are working line by line to ensure these crucial programs, that would be funded at the same level the Governor initially proposed, could continue to provide services to those in need until a budget deal can be reached.
Rep. Millard Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal Calling for $4.7 Billion in New State Spending - 3/4/2015
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, sales tax, and tobacco taxes, 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. Dave Millard on WHLM "Morning Buzz" Program -January 29, 2015 - 1/29/2015
Rep. Dave Millard was interviewed on the WHLM "Morning Buzz" program on January 29, 2015. The program included guest Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and offered an update on the effects of new child abuse protection laws that require enhanced background checks for volunteers who work with children.