My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Lawmakers Speak at Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep & Bear Arms - 4/30/2018
Hundreds of supporters of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms gathered in Harrisburg for a 2nd Amendment rally on Monday. The event featured several speakers, including lawmakers who oppose further legislation to regulate firearm ownership.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation - 3/11/2016
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. Evankovich Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address - 2/10/2016
Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland & Allegheny) offered his reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which was announced Tuesday 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. Evankovich Comments on Committee Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation - 10/6/2015
Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would establish the offense of female genital mutilation in Pennsylvania. House Bill 135 would specifically make it a crime for a parent or family member to cut or allow someone to circumcise or excise the genitals of a female minor. Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Allegheny & Westmoreland) said the uncomfortable nature of the issue should not prevent lawmakers from doing what they can to address this problem.
Rep. Evankovich to hold Senior Expo Event in Lower Burrell- PSA Available - 9/22/2015
In an effort to provide important information to area senior citizens, Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Allegheny & Westmoreland) will hold a Senior Expo event on Friday, October 9th, from 9 a.m. to noon at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 92, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell. Representatives of local agencies as well as vendors will be on hand to provide details on the many programs and services available for seniors. Area senior citizens and their families are invited to attend. A prerecorded radio Public Service Announcement to promote this event is now available for use by local radio outlets.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on Committee Passage of Liquor Privatization Legislation - 2/25/2015
Legislation that would privatize the sale of beer, wine, and spirits in Pennsylvania has been approved by the House Liquor Control Committee. House Bill 466 would replace the archaic system put in place in 1933, which was designed to discourage liquor sales. Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Allegheny & Westmoreland) said this legislation treats Pennsylvanians like adults and would provide a boost in convenience over the current system. The full House is expected to consider the liquor privatization bill later this week.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on House Passage of His Workforce Development Legislation - 1/15/2014
Legislation that would create a program allowing businesses to collaborate and develop workforce training initiatives has received unanimous approval by the Pennsylvania House. Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Armstrong & Westmoreland), prime sponsor of House Bill 1878, said workers can receive the training they need to succeed in today’s economy if businesses band together to address their education and training needs. Evankovich’s bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on Legislation to Reduce RACP Borrowing Limit - 10/17/2013
Legislation designed to reduce the debt burden of state government and reform the troubled Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) received unanimous bipartisan approval in the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday. House Bill 493 would reduce the RACP debt ceiling and implement controls to ensure new projects are worthy of inclusion in the program which has long been plagued by spending abuse. Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Armstrong & Westmoreland) said he is pleased to see Pennsylvania moving to reduce government debt and reform runaway spending on discretionary projects. The debt reduction bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature. From Harrisburg… Chuck Nichols reporting. Full story and bite are available.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on Tour of Western PA Manufacturing Plants - 8/28/2013
The House Manufacturing Caucus, led by Rep. Eli Evankovich(R-Armstrong & Westmoreland), recently toured three manufacturing plants in Lawrence and Beaver Counties. The caucus is working to raise awareness of the changing face of manufacturing, and to promote legislation that would stimulate economic growth. Rep. Evankovich said lawmakers need to have a good understanding of the challenges facing the industry in order to craft legislation that will bring jobs to the state. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.
Rep. Evankovich Comments on House Passage of His Career and Technical School Legislation - 6/25/2013
Legislation that would allow career and technical schools to benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit program was passed by the Pennsylvania House on Monday. Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Armstrong & Westmoreland), prime sponsor of House Bill 91, said this will provide an avenue for job creators and educators to focus training programs on the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. House Bill 91 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Chuck Nichols reports... story and bite available.