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Leader Benninghoff with RJ Harris on WHP 580

Sep. 02, 2020  Download

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff talks with RJ Harris on WHP 580 on 9-2-20. Topics include the Governor's extension of his COVID-19 emergency declaration,and his nonsensical calls for recreational marijuana, and h House Republican efforts to get restaurants and small businesses some help.

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Governor Moves Goalposts on Re-Opening School, Sports – PA Policy Podcast - 082120

Aug. 21, 2020  Download

On this PA Policy Podcast, House Republican Caucus Spokesman Jason Gottesman discusses the Governor’s recent “clarification” on safely reopening schools, and his “one man’s opinion” on school sports in the fall – announcements that throw a wrench into the plans of school districts across the Commonwealth.

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Benninghoff Says Smart Fiscal Leadership Led to Historic Revenue Returns

May. 01, 2019  Download

House Republicans held the line on state spending over multiple budget cycles, and now those smart fiscal policies are paying off. The House Appropriations Committee says revenue collections for the month of April were more than $4.4 billion, which is $465 million more than the Department of Revenue’s official estimate. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, general fund collections total $29.16 billion year-to-date, which is $828.5 million above the official revenue estimate. Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre & Mifflin) said the good fiscal news for the Commonwealth is the direct result of Republican leadership in efforts to control the growth of state spending and to stand up for taxpayers while the governor has called for tax increases.

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Rep. Benninghoff Joins Adoptees in Celebrating Access to Original Birth Certificates

Jan. 22, 2018  Download

Pennsylvania-born adoptees from around the country joined together at the state Capitol on Monday to celebrate their recently restored right to access their original birth certificates, which had been sealed since 1984. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) reinstated the rights of adult adoptees to apply for and receive a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate in Pennsylvania. Although Benninghoff’s bill became law on Nov. 3, 2016; it was not until Nov. 3, 2017 that the state Department of Health began actually processing those requests. Under previous Pennsylvania law, adoptees could petition the courts for a copy of their original birth certificate; however, that request could have been denied by a judge. Rep. Benninghoff, who also recently received his own birth certificate information through the new law, offered the following comments on how this has helped thousands of Pennsylvania born adoptees to reconnect with their roots.

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Benninghoff Joins Business Leaders in Call for State Regulatory Reforms to Spur Job Creation and Economic Growth

Jan. 16, 2018  Download

House Republican lawmakers and business leaders introduced a package of Regulatory Reforms Tuesday in Harrisburg aimed at improving the state’s business climate and reining-in government regulatory overreach. The bill are based on information gathered in the House State Government Committee’s Regulatory Overreach Report, which included findings from a series of public hearings held across the state last year that included testimony from various employers, organizations and experts on state regulatory policy. The report called for reforms to Pennsylvania’s restrictive regulatory system that is credited with holding back business development, limiting job creation and crippling economic growth. House Policy Committee Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre & Mifflin) offered comments on the package of legislation.

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Rep. Benninghoff Comments on House Republican Welfare Reform Plan

Jan. 02, 2018  Download

House Republican lawmakers called for action on legislation to help contain costs and bring real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system. Reps. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) announced a package of bills Tuesday in Harrisburg to give more Pennsylvania families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current benefit system. The package also contains measures aimed at enhancing the value of work and strong families, while recognizing that those receiving benefits need help to gain financial independence, not continue a life of dependence. House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre & Mifflin) attended the news conference and offered comments on the package of legislation.

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Rep. Benninghoff Calls on Gov. Wolf to Sign Cost Saving Welfare Reform Legislation

Oct. 17, 2017  Download

House Republican lawmakers are calling on Governor Wolf to sign welfare reform legislation now on his desk to help control spending on state human services programs that are growing at a rate that outpaces available revenue. House Bill 59 would help contain costs for entitlement programs and includes reasonable reforms like work or job search requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. House Republican leaders and a large number of rank and file members joined Tuesday in asking for the governor to sign the reform bill and not follow through on his threatened veto. Majority Policy Committee Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) commented at the Capitol press conference on the bill.

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Benninghoff Comments on Passage of Landmark Pension Reform Legislation

Jun. 08, 2017  Download

Legislation designed to reform Pennsylvania’s state employee and public school employee retirement systems has been approved by the Pennsylvania House. Senate Bill 1 would establish a hybrid retirement benefit plan, including defined benefit and defined contribution components. New employees would be mandatory members of the new hybrid plan.