State Rep. Tom Killion, R-Delaware will be involved in shaping some of the most critical public policy initiatives facing the state Legislature and the Commonwealth in the new legislative session. Killion has been named to five House committees, including Appropriations, where he is chairman of the Economic Impact and Infrastructure Subcommittee.

 Killion’s subcommittee will analyze infrastructurerelated legislation that comes before the Appropriations Committee and determine how it impacts the state’s economy and serves the needs of Pennsylvania residents and businesses.

“We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us. I will be taking an active role in measures to move our reform agenda forward and in reducing the size and cost of government,” said Killion. “In a year in which the state is facing a budget deficit of more than $4 billion, we must act quickly to bring state spending under control and minimize the impact on Pennsylvania taxpayers.”

House Republicans are looking to privatize the state’s liquor system as a means of raising revenue to reduce this year’s budget shortfall. Killion supports this initiative and is serving on the House Liquor Control Committee, which provides oversight of liquor law and regulation, including efforts to privatize.

“We are looking at a number of measures to cut costs and enhance revenues and liquor privatization is part of the mix,” said Killion. “The proposal to auction off 750 retail liquor licenses is an ambitious plan that will have to be done right to be successful. We will have to consider it carefully, but I believe the time is right.”

In addition to the Appropriations and Liquor Control committees, Killion also is serving on the House Human Services, Insurance and Rules committees, and he is serving his second term as deputy whip.