Five Dollar Donations for Children and Youth

Apr. 11, 2022 / Embed

State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is a member of the House Children and Youth Committee, which held an April 11 informational hearing on Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), which supplies grants to community-based groups whose focus includes preventing child abuse and neglect. CTF is funded primarily by a $10 surcharge on all marriage licenses and divorce complaint applications, both of which are on the decline. He's a cosponsor of House Bill 2437, which would allow individuals renewing registrations or a driver’s license to include an optional $5 donation to the CTF. During the hearing, Struzzi asked Bruce Clash from CTF’s board of directors about the need for that funding, as well as the board not having a full complement of representatives from the Senate due to a lack of appointees by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Instituting a legislative check against bad energy policy

Mar. 30, 2022 / Embed

Rep. Jim Struzzi explains his legislation to reassert legislative authority and require the General Assembly’s approval before the Commonwealth can enter multi-state compacts, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that would increase energy taxes on Pennsylvanians.

Struzzi Questions Budget Secretary About Impact of RGGI

Mar. 10, 2022 / Embed

During a March 10 budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) questioned Budget Secretary Greg Thall about Gov. Wolf's promise to help communities that would be impacted by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Struzzi Questions Human Services Funding for Counties

Mar. 09, 2022 / Embed

Gov. Wolf is asking for a more than $3 billion increase in human services funding as part of his 2022-23 budget proposal. That is the largest proposed increase in any single line item. Justifying that increase was the focus of the March 9 House Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the Department of Human Services. Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) asked the department about resources that are dedicated to help individual counties deal with problems like drug addiction and suicide prevention.

Struzzi, PHEAA Discuss State Scholarship Program

Mar. 08, 2022 / Embed

This is the 10th anniversary of the PA Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP), which provides financial awards for students who have the skills that are in high demand by today's employers. During the March 8 afternoon House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) asked PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Vice President Elizabeth McCloud for an assessment on how the program is doing.

Divest from Russia, Invest in Freedom

Mar. 08, 2022 / Embed

Rep.Jim Struzzi joins other Pennsylvania House Republicans in announcing legislative plans to divest from Russian financial assets and invest in freedom by empowering Pennsylvania’s energy producers to meet new oil and gas demands.

Struzzi Questions Wolf Proposal to Increase Education Funding

Mar. 07, 2022 / Embed

Does more money spent equal better outcomes? When Gov. Tom Wolf asks for a record increase of $1.5 billion for education in the 2022-23 budget, a close examination of his proposal is a necessity. That was the basis for questions from state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) to representatives from the Department of Education during a March 7 House Appropriations Committee budget hearing.

Struzzi Questions Wolf Administration Handling of UC Claims

Mar. 02, 2022 / Embed

Unemployment compensation (UC) claims remain the number one issue being dealt with by House members' district offices, and it's been that way since just after the COVID-19 pandemic began. During the March 2, afternoon House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) had the opportunity to question Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier about how her office is handling UC claims.

Struzzi Expresses Concern for Environmental Funding in Wolf Budget Proposal

Mar. 02, 2022 / Embed

During a Wednesday, March 2, House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) asked Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about conservation districts and whether or not they are sufficiently funded.

Struzzi Quizzes PA State Police Concerning Background Checks

Mar. 01, 2022 / Embed

During a March 1, House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) questioned representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police about the speed and efficiency of background checks for gun purchasers.