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Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions

February 7, 2017

Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
 
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Senate Bill 8 (Asset Forfeiture Reform) Press Release

January 31, 2017

Today, the PA Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) and Senator Joe Scarnati’s (R-25) Senate Bill 8, to reform Pennsylvania’s Asset Forfeiture Law.
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Senate Approves Legislation to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

September 28, 2016

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved three measures aimed to address the state’s growing opioid addiction crisis, adding to bills already approved by the Senate and sent to the House of Representatives.
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Senate Leaders Urge State Residents to Take Part in Sept. 21 Tele-Town Hall on PA Heroin/Opioid Crisis

September 16, 2016

Combatting Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid crisis will be the focus of a special Telephone Town Hall, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 from the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention 

June 29, 2016

The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
 
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Senate, House Leaders Call on Wolf to Protect Excellent Teachers

May 17, 2016

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), along with school board representatives and education advocates, today called on Gov. Tom Wolf to side with Pennsylvania schools and sign House Bill 805.
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Capitol Hunger Garden Opens for 7th Season

May 11, 2016

Today Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) and numerous hunger awareness advocates joined together for a public event to mark the 7th season opening of the Capitol Hunger Garden.
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Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget

February 9, 2016

Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending.
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Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Gov. Wolf’s Call For Massive Increases in State Taxes, Spending

February 9, 2016

Senate Republican leaders offered the following reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today. His plan would increase taxes on state residents and job-creators by $3.6 billion and spending by $2.45 billion.
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Scarnati Sworn In as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 5, 2016

Today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2016.
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Budget Impasse Update

October 28, 2015

Senator Scarnati talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

 
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Gov. Wolf’s Full Tax Proposal to be Voted in House and Senate

September 30, 2015

In an effort to move the state budget talks past the current stalemate, House and Senate Republican leaders today announced a vote on Gov. Tom Wolf’s full and latest tax package proposal will take place in the House on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.
Legislative Leaders Letter to Wolf 9-30-15
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Scarnati: Senate Sent Responsible, No Tax Increase Budget to the Governor

July 2, 2015

On Tuesday the State Senate sent to the Governor’s desk a 2015-16 state budget that boosts education funding and funds essential services without raising taxes, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
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Senate Passes Historic Liquor Privatization Bill

June 30, 2015

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Law & Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) have issued the following statement regarding Senate Passage of House Bill 466.
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Republican Legislative Leaders Unveil Substantial Increases in Education Funding as part of 2015-16 Budget Plan

June 26, 2015

Senate and House Republican leadership today unveiled the 2015-16 budget plan that adds considerable funding to education without adding to the tax burden of Pennsylvania families.
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Senate Leaders Applaud Passage of Sweeping Pension Restructuring Plan Projected to Save $18.3 Billion

May 13, 2015

A significant plan to reform Pennsylvania’s costly state pension systems was approved today by the Senate by a vote of 28 to 19, according to Senate Republican Leaders.


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Capitol Hunger Garden Opens for 6th Season

May 6, 2015

Today Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), Representative Jake Wheatley (D-19) and numerous hunger awareness advocates joined together for a public event to mark the 6th season opening of the Capitol Hunger Garden.
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Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal

March 26, 2015

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati explains how Massive Tax increases in Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal will hurt Pennsylvanians.
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Swearing-In Day

January 6, 2015

During session, Senator Scarnati offers remarks following his re-election to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore.
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Scarnati Re-Elected to Serve as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 7, 2014

Today State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2014.[...Read more]