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. Listen to Senator Joe Scarnati Listen to Senator Jake Corman Listen to Senator Gene Yaw   [Read More]

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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.       [Read More]

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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.     [Read More]

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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.     [Read More]

Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget

February 09, 2016
Senator Scarnati responds to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget, which calls for massive increases in taxes and spending. Listen   [Read More]

Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Gov. Wolf’s Call For Massive Increases in State Taxes, Spending

February 09, 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. Listen     [Read More]

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Scarnati Sworn In as Senate President Pro Tempore

January 05, 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.     [Read More]

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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.     [Read More]

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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   [Read More]