Feb. 10, 2017

Budget Proposal is a Realistic Starting Point

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.

His proposal does not include any broad-based tax increases and includes several initiatives aimed at reducing spending and improving efficiencies by consolidating some state agencies. The administration estimates this could save the Commonwealth about $2 billion.

My colleagues and I are focused on growing Pennsylvania’s economy to create new jobs and career opportunities for our residents. We are committed to responsibly funding the core functions of government, including education, transportation and human services, while helping to make the state more attractive to job creators.

Budget hearings in the House begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21. More information can be found at PAHouseGOP.com.

To hear more of my thoughts, click here.

 

After Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget proposal, my colleagues and I addressed the media. I articulated that we will analyze the governor’s spending plan in detail. We will concentrate on providing efficient, effective and sustainable services and systems to ensure a high quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
 
 
Trout Stocking Schedules Available


 
Despite the snow in our area, trout season is just around the corner. Local anglers are now able to find out when their favorite fishing hole will be stocked with trout. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have provided guides that are available in print, online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app.

The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 15. Click here to get information on when trout will be stocked in our area.

Additionally, the commission will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on April 8. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout the Saturday before the regular opening days. Youth anglers must obtain a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license as well. Click here for more information about the program.

The commission stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling each year.
 
 
Gaming Proceeds Fund Grants for First Responders

 
More than $75,000 in state gaming proceeds will benefit fire and ambulance companies throughout the 28th Legislative District.

These grants, which are not funded by General Fund tax dollars, will allow local first response agencies to better afford training, equipment, facility improvements and other needs.

The program, which provides $30 million to fire and ambulance companies statewide, is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
 
 
Connecting Nonprofits Through 2-1-1

 
To raise awareness of a free service by the United Way that partners local nonprofits and social service groups together to help assist Pennsylvanians in need, the House passed House Resolution 49 recognizing Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania.”

By dialing 2-1-1, people are instantly connected to a wealth of information related to their area’s nonprofit and human service providers.

This “one stop shop” helps people cut through red tape and more easily find the help they need. These services are offered on a regionalized approach, ensuring that people are helped by their neighbors and people in their own community.

More information is available at pa211.org.
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