Sep. 15, 2017

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

A Budget That Puts People First
In working to complete the 2017-18 budget package, the state House this week approved legislation to close the massive budget deficit caused by Gov. Wolf’s out-of-control spending. The “Putting People First” revenue package stands up for taxpayers by providing a fiscally responsible plan which contains no new or increased taxes or borrowing.

As I serve as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, it was rewarding to see the passage of this legislation as it was a result of the work of both the Appropriations Committee and rank-and-file members.

The revenues to fund the $1.5 billion deficit from 2016-17, as well as the anticipated revenue needed for the current budget of approximately $600 million, would come from legislative reserves; transfers from special accounts with excess or dormant funding; other fund transfers; multi-year agency lapsed funds; gaming reform proceeds; liquor transfers; and the sale of a portion of the Tobacco Settlement money.

Despite the misinformation being put out by the Wolf Administration, the various transfers do not negatively impact any current or future program or service to state residents. As I said to the media after the vote, this propaganda campaign by Gov. Wolf is a slap in the face to every hardworking Pennsylvania taxpayer and we will not be intimidated.

The measure now goes to the Senate for concurrence. For more information, visit

York Academy Project to be Centerpiece of Downtown
Last Friday, I participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking with York Academy students, York-area political, economic and other officials on the new York Academy Regional Charter School. The new 65,000-square-foot school will set on the former Pensupreme Dairy buildings along the Codorus Creek and will house students from grades 8 through 12, with 75 students per grade level.

Slated to open by the start of the 2018-19 school year, it will be a centerpiece of the northern entrance of downtown York.

Boy Scout and Cub Scout Sign-Up Week
Earlier this week, the House gave unanimous approval to a resolution I co-sponsored to designate the week of Sept. 11-17 as "Boy Scout and Cub Scout Sign-Up Week" in Pennsylvania. To celebrate the recognition of scouting, I was honored to join my colleagues in welcoming dozens of scouts and leaders at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda to help raise awareness of the outstanding opportunities provided by the Boy Scouts of America programs.

Route 124, Abels Road Bridge over Cabin Creek to Close for Barrier Repair Work                        
The bridge carrying Route 124, Abels Road, over Cabin Creek in Lower Windsor Township, York County, will close on Tuesday, September 26, for barrier improvements.

Due to the nature of the barrier modifications, the bridge is anticipated to be closed for 10 days. During this time, motorists will travel along a detour using Route 624 (Long Level Road), Route 462 (Lincoln Highway), Cool Creek Road, Nursery Road, and Main Street.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

As part of the work, crews will modify the existing bridge barriers and make additional safety improvements.

The Abels Road bridge was replaced in December 2016 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Helping Our Veterans
Legislation to help veterans and their spouses by enhancing their eligibility for state programs and services passed the House this week.

House Bill 980 would exempt 100 percent of a veteran’s federal disability compensation or pension from income calculations for any state program or benefit, such as the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). (Under current law, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program already excludes this income.)

In addition, the legislation would extend the exclusion of the compensation benefits to the veteran’s unmarried surviving spouse.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Keeping Your Personal Info Safe
In light of recent news about a data breach at Equifax, a national credit-reporting agency, residents are encouraged to learn more about identity theft and how to protect their information from being used fraudulently.

It is unknown how many Pennsylvania consumers the breach has affected; however, the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General is leading a national investigation into the data breach.

In the meantime, consumers are urged to be proactive in monitoring their credit reports and financial account statements, such as credit cards and utilities, and in reporting any suspicious activity to the attorney general office’s hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or

The Federal Trade Commission has also provided, an identity theft prevention website.

What Do You Think about Highway Safety?
Motorists are encouraged to submit their input on a number of highway issues, such as highway safety, traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors, as part of PennDOT’s annual online survey.

The brief survey is available until Sept. 27, and focuses on seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age and county of residence.

Last year, 6,619 people responded to the survey. As a result of this feedback and recent trends in crash data, PennDOT has further increased its usage of social media to share highway safety information and is highlighting personal responsibility in future media campaigns.

To complete the survey, click here.
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