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[[Tom Corbett]] voiced his support for the privatization of the 621 state liquor stores before he assumed his position as [[Governor of Pennsylvania]]. He joins [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives|State House]] [[Republican Party|Republican]]s, including Turzai.
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In November of 2010, [[Tom Corbett]] voiced his support for the privatization of the 621 state liquor stores before he assumed his position as [[Governor of Pennsylvania]]. He joined [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives|State House]] [[Republican Party|Republicans]], including Turzai.<ref>[http://www.paindependent.com/todays_news/detail/privatization-of-state-liquor-stores-could-yield-2-billion "Privatization of State Liquor Stores Could Yield $2 Billion," ''PA Independent'', November 11, 2010]</ref>
  
Turzai believes leasing the stores could provide the state with $2 billion in up-front revenue in 2011. He says this could help close an expected $4 billion to $5 billion budget deficit. Turzai has also projected 850 businesses would be created by the privatization of the state-run stores, not including those created through the expansion of the wine and liquor industry in Pennsylvania.<ref>[http://www.paindependent.com/todays_news/detail/privatization-of-state-liquor-stores-could-yield-2-billion "Privatization of State Liquor Stores Could Yield $2 Billion," ''PA Independent'', November 11, 2010]</ref>
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On March 5, 2013, House Majority Leader [[Mike Turzai]] introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the [[Liquor Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives|Liquor Committee]].<ref name="turzai">[http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/3602177-74/liquor-state-stores#axzz2Mv8NlFGQ Brad Bumsted, ''Pittsburgh Tribune-Review'', "Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon," March 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/BillInfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=790 Bill information Pennsylvania House Bill 790, accessed on March 7, 2013]</ref>  This bill was the legislative form of Corbett's January 30, 2013, proposal to privatize the state-owned liquor stores and use the revenue to increasing funding for education.  The governor's plan would see the state's liquor and wine stores auctioned off, while big box stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores would be able to sell limited quantities of beer and, in the case of big box stores and and supermarkets, wine.  Restaurants, already able to sell beer, would be able to sell customers up to six bottles of wine, while retail beer distributors could obtain licenses to sell beer, wine, and liquor, instead of only beer. The auctions and licensing fees would generate an estimated $1 billion over four years.  Under Corbett's plan, these funds would be distributed to school districts using a formula based on their student enrollment and income level.  The block grants would fund "school safety; early learning; science, technology, engineering and mathematics course programming; and 'individual learning.'"<ref>[http://articles.philly.com/2013-02-01/news/36661900_1_liquor-privatization-case-or-keg-wine-and-liquor Angela Couloumbis and Rita Giordano, ''Philadelphia Inquirer'', "Corbett's new liquor privatization plan would benefit public schools," February 1, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Mike Turzai
MikeTurzai.jpg
Pennsylvania State House District 28
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary79,613/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1981
J.D.Duke University, 1987
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mike Turzai is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 28.

Turzai earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. He went on to receive his JD from Duke University in 1987.

After earning his law degree, Turzai began working as an attorney. He has worked for Houston Harbaugh since 1992. He is also currently Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County.

Turzai is former Vice President of the Bradford Woods Borough Council. In 2000, he served as a Representative at the Republican State Committee. He was then elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a special election on June 26, 2001. He has served in the Pennsylvania House since. He currently serves as Minority Whip.

Turzai currently serves as the State House Majority Leader, beginning in 2011.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Turzai served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Turzai served on these committees:

Issues

Liquor privatization

In November of 2010, Tom Corbett voiced his support for the privatization of the 621 state liquor stores before he assumed his position as Governor of Pennsylvania. He joined State House Republicans, including Turzai.[2]

On March 5, 2013, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Committee.[3][4] This bill was the legislative form of Corbett's January 30, 2013, proposal to privatize the state-owned liquor stores and use the revenue to increasing funding for education. The governor's plan would see the state's liquor and wine stores auctioned off, while big box stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores would be able to sell limited quantities of beer and, in the case of big box stores and and supermarkets, wine. Restaurants, already able to sell beer, would be able to sell customers up to six bottles of wine, while retail beer distributors could obtain licenses to sell beer, wine, and liquor, instead of only beer. The auctions and licensing fees would generate an estimated $1 billion over four years. Under Corbett's plan, these funds would be distributed to school districts using a formula based on their student enrollment and income level. The block grants would fund "school safety; early learning; science, technology, engineering and mathematics course programming; and 'individual learning.'"[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Turzai ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 28. Turzai ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [6][7]

Turzai was expected to run for the U.S. congress in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. On January 25, however, he announced he had ultimately decided against running.[8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Turzai Incumbent 100% 30,236
Total Votes 30,236

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Turzai ran for re-election to the 28th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and defeated Democrat Sharon Brown in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Pennsylvania State House, District 28
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Turzai (R) 21,943 77.2%
Sharon Brown (D) 6,465 22.8%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Turzai won re-election to the 2nd District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 27,268 votes, defeating Brad Cline (9,521).[10]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 28
Candidates Votes Percent
Mike Turzai Green check mark transparent.png 21,431 74.1%
Brad Cline 9,521 25.9%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Turzai raised $1,056,542 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Scaife, Richard M $55,350
Students First $50,000
University City Housing Co $25,000
Fieler, Sean M $25,000
Barensfeld, David E $25,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association $22,500

Personal

Turzai and his wife, Lidia, have three children.

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