Budget Hearings Commence
Budget Hearings Commence

Members of the House Appropriations Committee were briefed Tuesday on the state’s financial status during the first week of budget hearings.

The Independent Fiscal Office, a non-partisan state agency, confirmed an anticipated shortfall of at least $2.5 billion by July 1, 2018, reflective of sluggish economic growth, rising health care and pension costs, and an aging workforce. That shortfall can be reduced by real changes in public policy.

Next week’s hearings will include appearances by the majority of state departments, along with the judiciary, Public Utility Commission, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and the PA Liquor Control Board.

To view the schedule or archived video of the hearings, click here.
Summer Turnpike Positions

My office in Harrisburg is now accepting summer turnpike applications for the 2017 Summer Turnpike Program for toll, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions. The number of positions available is limited so if you’re interested, apply soon.

All summer applications must be completed online at www.paturnpike.com. All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring.

The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 24.
Keep PA Beautiful

As part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, registration is now open to organizations that wish to organize a wide range of beautification projects.

So far, two opportunities are available in our area:
  • Allison Park Sportsman’s Club - April 1, 8 a.m. to noon
    Meet at Hampton Fire Hall for assignments.
  • Ross Township - April 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Groups can register their cleanup by calling 412-931-7055 or stopping by the Ross Township Community Center at 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Also, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring “Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday” from April 18 through May 8. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced-cost disposal with prior approval.

The 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs from March 1 to May 31. For more information, click here.
EMS Councils, Community College Training Bills Examined

Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held two meetings this week to discuss further efforts to efficiently deliver emergency medical services, improve fire and EMS training, and meet veterans’ needs.

Discussions focused on a consolidation plan for the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council System, and fire/emergency medical services training available through community colleges.

To watch those hearings, click here.