– I recently joined House Finance Committee members on both sides of
the aisle in advancing legislation that would replace the 40 percent
wholesale tax on electronic cigarette and vapor products with a
5-cents-per-milliliter vapor products tax. House Bill 2342 may now be considered by the full House.
Pennsylvania has approximately 350
small businesses dealing in vapor products and this tax threatens to
close many of them. The result will be a loss of jobs to out-of-state
internet outlets, as well as lack of access to a product many smokers
have turned to as an alternative to conventional cigarettes.
House Bill 2342 mirrors legislation already enacted in North Carolina and Louisiana.
Closing of these shops impacts
hard-working Pennsylvanians and their families, and will result in a
loss of vital tax revenue at the state and local levels. The tax on
electronic cigarette and vapor products is scheduled to go into effect
this Saturday, Oct. 1, and the sooner we can move this bill through the
legislative process, the less punitive it will be.
Reduced Fishing Licenses
- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is cutting the price
of select licenses by 50 percent through the end of the year.
With the discount, annual resident
licenses will sell for $12.40; annual non-resident $27.40; and senior
resident $6.90. The half-off promotion begins this Saturday, Oct. 1.
The licenses are valid through Dec. 31.
My Upcoming Senior Expo
- I invite senior citizens, their families and caregivers to attend the
Senior Expo I am co-hosting with state Rep. Tommy Sankey
(R-Clearfield/Cambria) this Thursday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
in Expo Building 1 of the Clearfield County
Fairgrounds in Clearfield.
My staff and I are looking forward
to this event as an opportunity to spend time with our neighbors and
friends. This is a great opportunity for you to check out the many
local, state and federal service providers that are available to you.
Flu shots will be available for
anyone who shows proof of participation in Medicare Part B. Light
refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.
Congratulations….to these recently promoted state troopers:
Adam Borden of Brockport -
Promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop C, Kane. Cpl. Borden
enlisted in the state police in 2007 and was previously assigned to
Troop C, Ridgway.
Theodore Burkett of Penfield -
Promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop C, Punxsutawney. Cpl.
Burkett enlisted in the state police in 1993 and was previously assigned
to the Troop C, Ridgway.
Roger McCloskey of Ridgway
- Promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop C, Ridgway. Cpl. McCloskey
enlisted in the state police in 2009 and was previously assigned to
Troop C, Kane.
Patrick McMackin of Kersey -
Promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop C, Kane. Cpl. McMackin
enlisted in the state police in 1997 and was previously assigned to
Troop C, Ridgway.
Craig Smith of Kersey -
Promoted to sergeant and assigned to Troop C, Punxsutawney. Sgt. Smith
enlisted in the state police in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of
corporal in 2013. He was previously assigned to Troop C, Ridgway.
Scott Thomas of Lanse -
Promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop C, Ridgway Station. Cpl.
Thomas enlisted in the state police in 2001 and was previously assigned
to Troop G, Rockview.
On the Road Again
- Please plan for lengthy travel delays on Long Run Road near Woodland
as Midway Energy Services installs new gas lines in the area and
excavates near the roadway. This work will make traffic stops necessary
and lengthy delays are possible through mid-November.
Drivers should remain alert for slowed or stopped vehicles and flaggers in the roadway.
Attention Hunters -
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting a hunter training course on
Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fox Township
Sportsmen's Club, 203 Ridge Road, Kersey. The course is required by law
for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can purchase a
I recently spoke at a news
conference at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School in support of
legislation that would increase the amount of Educational Improvement
Tax Credits and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits in Pennsylvania.
These two programs expand learning opportunities for school students and
their parents while allowing local businesses to direct their tax
dollars and improve their communities.
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