Budget Proposal Starts the Process
2/8/2019
State Budget Address Starts the Process

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The governor’s budget address represents a starting point. The House and Senate will take time to review his proposal and make improvements where necessary.

House Republicans have been, and will continue to be, leaders when it comes to education funding, having increased funding for PreK-12 education by $3.4 billion since 2011.

We will also continue our commitment to building the economy through a better tax and regulatory climate, as well as ensuring our students are trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We are equally committed to removing the barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

The budget proposal spends more than I’m comfortable with, but together I’m confident we will craft a responsible budget. Our focus needs to be on ensuring that the dollars we are spending are truly moving Pennsylvania forward.

To watch my comments about the governor’s spending plan, click here.

The budget process continues next week with the first in a series of House Appropriations Committee hearings to delve into the details of the governor’s spending plan. For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings, visit pahousegop.com.

 

I stood with Republican Leadership from the House and Senate during a press conference immediately after the governor’s budget address. I told the media that we will be cautious about this budget proposal as we begin three weeks of budget hearings. Our focus during these budget negotiations needs to be on creating a budget that keeps spending growth low, fosters an environment for job creation, and creates value for our hardworking taxpayers throughout Pennsylvania.
 
 
We Are The Champions!


 

It was my pleasure to welcome the North Allegheny Girls' Volleyball Team to the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The Lady Tigers enjoyed a perfect 23-0 season in 2018, including the PIAA Quad "A" state championship. The girls will carry a 47-match winning streak into the upcoming season.

Girls, your commitment to athletic and academic excellence is outstanding. I know that it is not easy to balance all of your activities between school, homework and practice. But your dedication, determination and hard work have paid off big time.

Congratulations to coach Heidi Miller and her girls' volleyball team. You have made us very proud!
 
 
Veterans Assistance Available


On Friday, Feb.15, area veterans are invited to attend veterans’ assistance hours at my district office in McCandless.

A representative from the American Legion will be at my office to assist veterans and their families. Through this outreach, we are able to provide some direct links between our veterans and the services and programs available just for them.

An appointment must be made by calling 412-369-2230.

If you can’t be with us on Feb. 15, it’s alright. We have already scheduled additional veterans’ assistance hours that may fit into your busy schedule. The dates include:

•   March 22
•   April 19
•   May 17
•   June 21
•   July 19
•   Aug. 16
•   Sept. 20
•   Oct. 18
•   Nov. 15
•   Dec. 20

More information can be found online at RepTurzai.com. My district office is located at 125 Hillvue Lane, first floor, in McCandless.
   
 
A Visit to Marshall Middle School


 

Each year, I visit Marshall Middle School in Wexford to talk to students about the importance of a good, solid education and how it relates to jobs in the future.

I stressed to the students that every person has something they’re good at. Every single person has something to offer. And they have a responsibility to themselves to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide. And that can translate into a top-paying job in the future.
 
 
Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program

 
As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.                                     

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.
 
 
Applications for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available


High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit RepTurzai.com and click on “House Scholarship Information.” The application deadline is March 1.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.

 
Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available


Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission’s 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for Pennsylvania’s southeastern counties. However, Saturday, March 30, will be the day when the season opens in our area.

Copies of the trout stocking schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online here.
 
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