Latest Audio Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Zimmerman Promotes Landmark Agriculture Legislation Jul. 01, 2019 Download A comprehensive package of bills that will help support Pennsylvania farmers and grow the state’s top industry was signed into law today by the governor. Additionally, a $19.5 million increase in funding for ag-related programs was included in the state budget adopted by the General Assembly last week. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Zimmerman Comments on "Taxpayer Budget" Sep. 06, 2017 Download In an effort to protect Pennsylvanians from widespread tax increases proposed as a method to close the state’s budget deficit, a group of House Republican Lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bring the Commonwealth’s spending plan into balance without dipping into the checkbooks of taxpayers. The “Taxpayer’s Budget” would utilize money currently sitting idle in over 200 state-held accounts and redirect it to close budgetary shortfalls. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Zimmerman Unveils Legislation to Streamline Ag Conservation Permitting Apr. 20, 2017 Download Legislation designed to condense the process for conservation permitting for agriculture projects has been introduced in Harrisburg. House Bill 1256 would move the responsibility for farm permitting from DEP to the Conservation Commission, consolidating the responsibilities of permitting, inspection, and enforcement under one roof. Bill sponsor, Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster), said his bill would benefit farmers by speeding up the permitting process, and ensuring that the individuals implementing the rules understand the needs of the agricultural community. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Dave Zimmerman Legislative Radio Report/Podcast Apr. 01, 2016 Download A new Legislative Report Program with Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Zimmerman Joins Penn State Ag Council, 4-Hers in Calling on Gov to Restore Funding to Vital Ag Research & Extension Programs Mar. 09, 2016 Download House lawmakers joined dozens of Penn State Ag Council members and 4-H members Wednesday in the state capitol to call for the restoration of more than $50 million in funding for the university’s agriculture research and extension programs. A failure to restore the funding vetoed in December by Governor Wolf would force Penn State University to begin shutting down its agriculture operations and outreach by May 1st, putting at risk an estimated 1,100 jobs within Penn State Extension and research. In addition to the impact on jobs, eliminating the $50 million investment could cause an economic loss for the state of more than $260 million. And it would also mean an end to Penn State’s 4-H program, which helps to prepare future leaders in the state’s agriculture community. Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) attended the event and commented on the effort to restore this crucial funding. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 00:00 00:00 00:00 Rep. Zimmerman Offers His Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address Feb. 10, 2016 Download Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) 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.