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Budget Hearings Wrap Up – Beyond the Budget with Rep. Jason Ortitay

Mar. 06, 2020  Download

On this episode of Beyond the Budget with Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington, Allegheny) we discuss budgetary funding for general education, higher education, and human services, and look ahead to how the budget process moves forward.

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Rep. Ortitay Comments on Governor's Budget Proposal

Feb. 06, 2018  Download

The Governor unveiled his 2018-19 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Governor’s plan calls for $33 Billion in state spending, approximately $1 Billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.

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Rep. Ortitay Joins Hundreds of PA Gun Owners at Capitol Second Amendment Rights Rally

May. 22, 2017  Download

Hundreds of gun owners and gun rights advocates were joined by a large bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state Capitol rotunda on Monday to voice their support for the second amendment rights of Pennsylvania citizens. This was the twelfth annual second amendment rights rally to be held in Harrisburg and a number of nationally noted speakers shared their perspectives on legislative and judicial efforts to protect and preserve the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny & Washington) was a featured speaker at the annual event and sponsor of legislation to eliminate the Pennsylvania Instant Check System in favor of the National Instant Check System for firearms purchases in Pennsylvania.

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Rep. Ortitay Comments on House Budget Passage

Apr. 04, 2017  Download

House Republican lawmakers moved to adopt a new state budget plan Tuesday in Harrisburg that would provide greater government efficiency, reduce overall state spending and avoid broad based tax increases. The $31.52 billion House budget is $246 million less than the current state spending plan and $815 million less than the budget proposal put forth by Governor Wolf earlier this year. The House budget also increases basic education funding by $100 million and provides an additional $25 million for both early childhood education and special education programs. House Bill 218 passed the House by a vote of 114 to 84 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny & Washington) offered comments on the budget legislation following the vote.

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As House Prepares FY 2017-18 Budget Bill, Ortitay Says Governor’s Claims of Budget Cuts Don’t Add Up

Mar. 28, 2017  Download

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) is questioning the $2 billion in “budget cuts” Gov. Tom Wolf claimed he made in his address to the General Assembly on Feb. 7 and in public appearances since. Rep. Ortitay, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said an analysis of the budget proposal shows the governor falls short of the mark in his actual line-item cuts and is using “smoke and mirror” budgeting to pay for current operating expenses.

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Rep. Ortitay Announces New Outreach Hours in Canton

Apr. 05, 2016  Download

Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington & Allegheny) has announced new constituent outreach hours in the Canton area at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning on April 19th. Rep. Ortitay said he is instituting this new outreach schedule to ensure improved access to a variety of state related services for the residents of Canton Township.

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Rep. Ortitay Reacts to Governor’s Budget Announcement

Mar. 24, 2016  Download

At a press conference held at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he intends to allow a budget approved by the General Assembly last week to become law without his signature. The move signals the end of a nine-month fiscal impasse in Pennsylvania. The 30 billion dollar spending plan allows money to flow to schools, corrections, and agriculture programs that had been held hostage during negotiations.