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Friday, October 7, 2016

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, October 07, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
             
E-cigarette Tax – 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 license.

If you are interested in registering for the class, please click here.
                   
                                        
 
           
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.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Meaning that tax payers now pay for religious education, diverting funds from public education, and them needing to raise our taxes. The legislation calls for a free public education not a free private education.

Anonymous said...

Are you Serious? More tax help,more free education for a private In station? Teacheers all over paid, private education should be paid for by the religious entities Involved! Not by the support of overtaxed people who might be associated with a religious different from these supported. Separation of church and state, I believe. I'm certainly not anti-religion, each religious beliefs should takexpect care of their own education, not taxpayers.

Little Johnny the Atheist said...

The worst part about this is that the "non-profit" catholic church has an annual revenue of $4.5 Billion tax free. This is why our government and our country are failing.

Anonymous said...

Gambler, is that the Name? Must be he is associated with the Catholic education!