Jun. 22, 2018


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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

No-Tax-Increase, Timely Budget Passes House

 
This week, the House approved a no-tax-increase budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that protects taxpayer while also investing more money for all levels of education and safeguarding our communities and families.

This budget is the result of prudent spending, an improved economy and responsible policies that prevented the need for the governor’s repeated calls for increased taxes over the last four years.

For education, the budget creates a new, $60 million initiative to ensure Pennsylvania’s children are in a safe learning environment and invests $100 million more for basic education, $25 million more for early childhood education and an additional $15 million for special education. This equates to a record-high $12.3 billion for prekindergarten through 12th-grade education. Additionally, the budget includes a 3 percent increase for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities and community colleges; a 3.3 percent boost for the State System of Higher Education; and $30 million more for career and technical education.

Additional funds will help protect communities by training more state police troopers, caring for those with intellectual disabilities, supplying home visiting services for families affected by opioid crisis and supporting emergency medical services.

The $32.7 billion spending plan also sets aside money for the state’s Rainy Day Fund for the first time in over a decade.

To read my press release on the budget, click here.

More information on the 2018-19 state budget is available here.


Energy Marketers Meeting

I was pleased to meet with the NEPA Energy Marketers Association. Along with Sen. Lisa Baker and myself are region members Amy Highhouse and Steve Firmstone.
 

2018 Susquehanna County Conservation District Envirothon Program

The Susquehanna County Conservation District’s Envirothon Program enjoyed another successful year with students across the county eager to learn about and compete in categories such as soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues. Thanks to Elk Mountain for hosting this year’s competition, and congratulations to the impressive youngsters from Blue Ridge School District (pictured above) on the win!
 

Thanks for the Visit, Riley!

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet with Riley Brown at the Capitol. Riley is from Hallstead and was in Harrisburg as part of the Keystone Boys State program.

Keystone Boys State is a civic-leadership development program offered by the Pennsylvania American Legion. High school boys entering their senior year participate in a week-long government simulation, learning about the political process, hearing from guest speakers, engaging in debate and much more.
 

July 4 Marks PA’s Second Fish-for-Free Day
The second Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply.

To make the fishing experience more convenient, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state. Many of the sites are located at state parks, along with some county parks and public libraries. Click here for the list of loaner sites.

More information is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, which includes interactive maps, regional fishing reports, and tips on fishing fundamentals. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at  GoneFishingPa.com.
 
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