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Friday, October 18, 2013

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer


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Capitol Update
Friday, October 18, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

State House Votes to Reduce Debt Ceiling

The House this week passed and sent on to the governor legislation that would reduce the debt ceiling for the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) program. House Bill 493 will immediately reduce the RACP debt ceiling from the current $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion. The bill also makes a number of reforms to the program, specifically setting standards that must be met before a project can quality for funding.

RACP was created in 1999 with a debt ceiling of $1.2 billion, but the ceiling increased significantly over the next decade. Investing in economic development projects is good for the Commonwealth, but we must balance that against the level of debt and burden placed on future generations of Pennsylvania taxpayers.
Lowering the debt ceiling is another positive step toward fiscal responsibility in the Commonwealth.
    
                       

Resolution Aims to Raise Awareness About Down Syndrome

The state House this week approved a resolution I sponsored to designate October as “Down Syndrome Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Due to advances in medicine, children born with Down syndrome can live long, healthy and productive lives. But early intervention, therapies and treatment are vital, which is why raising awareness of Down syndrome is so important.” Read more.

Speaking Out for Conventional Oil Industry

Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference and rally hosted by Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP) to highlight challenges facing this 150-year-old industry that provides thousands of jobs in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of producers and supporters were on hand to talk about state regulatory changes that, while geared to large-scale, unconventional drillers, are also being applied to smaller, conventional producers. Many of these regulations are unreasonable and unnecessary for conventional operations…and they place the industry at serious risk. Read more.
 
  

Senior Citizens Expo 2013: Thanks for Coming!


Many thanks to the vendors and senior citizens – as well as Gov. Tom Corbett – for coming out to the Senior Citizens Expo at the Roulette Fire Hall last week. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and to welcome new ones as well. I hope you all had a great time and left with a lot of helpful information. We’ll be back at it next year!
 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I see in the picture of our Governor that he doesn't think enough of us here in Potter County to wear a tie. Looks like good ol' Marty feels the same way. Bet they'd dress appropriately if they were with a group of people they had some respect for.