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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Thursday, July 03, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol


Legislature Passes On-Time, Fiscally Responsible Budget

Working to keep spending in check, the House has adopted a $29.1 billion state budget that includes no new taxes and limits spending to less than a 2 percent increase over the last fiscal year.
 
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The budget includes more state funding for public education than ever before at $10.5 billion. Special education funding gets a $20 million increase, the first such increase in six years. Also included is $200 million in funding for the Ready to Learn Block Grant Program, which gives school districts more flexibility to invest the money where they see the greatest need.
 
 
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Higher education funding is mostly level with the current year’s budget, including $2.3 million for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
                                       
To boost public safety, the budget includes additional funding for more state police troopers, and to support health care in rural areas, designated critical access hospitals will receive more than $7 million.

House Bill 2328 is awaiting the governor’s signature. For more information about the budget, visit RepCauser.com.
               

Bridge Dedication to Honor Area Vietnam Veteran

The State Route 1022 bridge over Pine Creek in Galeton Borough, Potter County, will be dedicated as the Specialist Clark Robert Douglas Memorial Bridge at a ceremony next Saturday, July 12, at 1 p.m. at the bridge. Douglas, a former resident of Galeton, was a U.S. Army medic with the 1st Air Cavalry Division Charlie Company and was killed while administering aid to a wounded soldier on Nov. 11, 1969. He was posthumously presented with the Distinguished Service Cross. He was 21 years old. I hope the community will come out and pay their respects to this man who gave his life for others and for our country.
  

Fish for Free on Independence Day


 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host its second Fish for Free Day on Independence Day, July 4. On this day, anyone (resident or non-resident) may legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations will still apply. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. For more information, visit www.fish.state.pa.us.
 

Elk License Auction Bill on Governor’s Desk

The state House voted this week to reauthorize the Special Elk License Auction program and expand the program to provide an additional tag for auction or raffle by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, the organization that manages the Elk Country Visitors’ Center in Benezette, Elk County. Additionally, the bill requires the Pennsylvania Game Commission to move its annual elk hunting license lottery drawing from the PGC headquarters in Harrisburg to the Elk Country Visitors’ Center. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature.
  

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

All you have to do is look at the figures on education spending to see that everything that comes out of a democrats mouth is a lie!

Anonymous said...

If you believe this CRAP I am sorry. Sure they increase the amount of money towards education. They are also increasing the amount that schools have to pay to make up for the money that the state did not pay into the pension fund. Where did that money go? They voted themselves a large raise while putting the pension payments on Credit. So yes, they increased funding for education. It's not even close to the amount of money schools are going to have to pay into the state. Educate yourself!!

Anonymous said...

more money for private public education

republicans love privation, pay backs for their contributors

what is wrong with public employees like teachers to have decent pay and retirement benefits ?

Anonymous said...

Nothing at all wrong with teachers making decent money and a good retirement plan. The problem i have is for example a secretary in the Austin school making $55,000.00 a year while teachers with masters degrees are making considerably less!

Anonymous said...

Marty is not a democrat.

Anonymous said...

I know Marty is not a democrat i was referring to every democrat that says Tom Corbett is taking money away from education.