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Beaver County Office:
3468 Brodhead Road, Suite 9
Monaca, PA 15061
Phone: (724) 728-7655
Fax: (724) 773-7802
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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(located in the Independence Township Municipal Building)
34 Campbell Street
P.O. Box 14
Avella, PA 15312
Phone: (724) 587-3095
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2015
Phone: (717) 260-6144
My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Christiana Comments on Opioid Crisis in PA
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. Christiana Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation
House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.
Rep. Christiana Comments on Governor’s Budget Address
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. Christiana Questions Governor’s Spending, Transparency During Budget Impasse
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.
Rep. Christiana Cosponsors Bill to Eliminate “Ghost Teaching”
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Legislation designed to ensure that those hired to teach in public schools actually spend their time educating students rather than working exclusively for their union has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Bill 1649 would close a loophole that allows “Ghost Teaching” in the School District of Philadelphia, where teachers take extended leave from classroom duties to do union work, while still earning full pay and benefits. Bill cosponsor Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) said that if Pennsylvania taxpayers are to be asked for more money to fund schools, the state should make sure that teachers are spending their time in the classroom and not in a union hall.
Rep. Christiana Comments on Defeat of the Governor’s Tax Increase Plan
The Pennsylvania House voted to defeat the Governor’s tax increase proposal Wednesday in Harrisburg. The latest version of the tax legislation would have increased the personal income taxes by 16 percent, from 3.07 percent to 3.57 percent, and would have levied one of the highest tax rates on the production of natural gas in the nation. House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the Governor’s tax plan and called for action on a state budget that will balance without increasing the burden on hard-working Pennsylvanians. Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver, Washington) offered the following comments following the vote on the bill.
Rep. Christiana Comments on House Vote to Move Emergency Funding Bill to Governor’s Desk
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. Christiana Comments on Efforts to Ensure Funding to Vital Education and Human Service Programs
The Pennsylvania House, in an effort to restore funding to vital programs suffering from the Governor’s complete rejection of the budget, attempted to override the Governor’s veto on a line by line basis for critical education and human service programs. Funding for providers and contractors has been suspended due to the veto, and lawmakers said they are working to ensure these programs are supported until a budget deal can be reached.
Christiana Comments on House Passage of Public Pension Reform Legislation
The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday in favor of public pension reform for the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 1 addresses the rapidly rising costs of the current pension system for public school and state employees without removing any benefits already earned by current employees or affecting the pension benefits of current retirees. The legislation would establish a hybrid defined contribution/cash balance plan for all future state and school employees. The pension reform bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver & Washington) offered comments following passage of the legislation.
Christiana Comments on PA House Passage of an On-Time, No Tax-Increase Budget
The House approved a $30.18 billion state budget on Saturday that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden on Pennsylvania citizens. The balanced budget legislation includes more than $200 million in increases for early childhood education, basic education and higher education; as well as additional funding for people with intellectual disabilities. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration and is expected to proceed to the governor’s desk later this week. Comments are now available from Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver & Washington).