Senator Haywood Talks to WURD’s Charles Ellison on Domestic Terrorism Law: Heather Heyer Act
Senator Haywood’s WURD Interview on the PA Budget
The state Senate voted 26-24 in favor of a $2.2 billion revenue package to pay for the $32 billion spending plan the legislature enacted in June. The revenue package contains several new items, including a first-ever severance tax on the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale, which is expected to generate 100 million dollars in revenue. A re-instatement of a gross receipts tax on the use of natural gas is expected to generate 200 million dollars to fund the state’s LIHEAP program to help low-income residents heat their homes in the winter. Senator Haywood was a NO vote, however; he says the revenue plan sells the state short in several areas.
By a vote of 43-7, the state Senate approved a $32 billion spending plan for 2017-18 that increases spending by less than 1 percent above what was available to spend this year. Senator Haywood says now that the spending plan is in place, lawmakers have to figure out how to pay for it.
The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill that will allow school employees to have guns on school grounds by a 28-22 vote. Senate Bill 383 now goes to the House of Representatives. Senator Haywood was a “no” vote, and he tells why.
Senator Haywood joined with Democratic members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate as they gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to express their opposition to the legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) currently making its way through the U.S. Senate.
The state Senate has approved funding that will allow the state’s unemployment call centers to re-hire workers that were laid off last year. Senator Haywood says the money will help all the state’s unemployed workers.
Senator Haywood discusses “Fair Share PA” with WURD 900 am host Charles Ellison.
The efficiency, operation and fairness of how Pennsylvania conducts its elections was brought up during day two of Senate budget hearings. Senator Haywood says Pennsylvanians can feel safe about their elections.
Senator Haywood says Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget invests in jobs and working families and is a good fiscal blueprint to begin budget deliberations. The $32.3 billion budget plan calls for an additional $100 million in basic education, $75 million for high-quality early education and $25 million for special education.
To coincide with the beginning of Black History Month, Senator Haywood, along with the Pennsylvania Deparment of General Services and the State Museum, unveiled a new art exhibit at the state Capitol.
Senator Haywood spoke on the Senate floor about President Trump’s ban on allowing Muslims from certain countries to enter the U.S.
Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Haywood advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Haywood suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Haywood says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
Senator Haywood held another of his telephone town hall meetings recently during which constituents were able to call in and ask questions on issues that included raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, education concerns, homelessness, and many other issues that matter to the residents of Montgomery County and Philadelphia. You can listen to the entire telephone town hall meeting by clicking here.
The month of October is set aside to increase awareness about Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Senator Haywood has information on both topics.