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Friday, February 27, 2015

A Meeting with the Governor

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Friday, February 27, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

A Meeting with the Governor…

This week, I had the opportunity to talk with Gov. Tom Wolf about several issues of interest to rural Pennsylvania. We talked about overregulation of the conventional oil and gas industries, development of a rural community college, and fair funding for rural school districts and communities with high amounts of state-owned lands.

It is important for the governor to understand the unique challenges we face, and it is even more important for him to recognize how some of his proposed policies may impact our region. I was glad to have the chance to bring these issues to his attention.

To read more about our discussion, click here.
 

Bradford City Water Service Update

As of Friday, water service is slowly and steadily being restored to Bradford City Water Authority customers. Due to the structure of the system, most city residents have water but it will take a little longer to get service restored to the outlying areas. The city’s large water storage tanks were about 50 percent full as of Friday morning’s briefing.

Per the direction of city officials, all customers with water should continue to conserve it while crews work to get the system back to normal. Also, when using water for activities such as cooking or brushing teeth, you must continue to first boil the water.

I cannot say enough about the hard work and dedication of water authority crews, emergency responders and county and city leaders who have dedicated much of the last week to restoring water service and ensuring the health and safety of residents affected by the water line break. Thank you to all have pitched in – whether in big ways or small – to make a difficult situation a little bit easier.
  

Outreach Office Hours Set for March 5

 
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, March 5:

 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
 

House Votes to Get Government Out of Liquor Business

 
The House took an important step this week in the effort to get government out of the liquor business. Pennsylvania is one of just two states in the nation with full control over the wholesale and retail sale of wine and spirits.

House Bill 466, which passed by a vote of 114-87, includes a series of reforms for beer, liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania. It would create one-stop shopping opportunities to buy beer, wine and spirits. It also would double the number of outlets where people can purchase wine and spirits and allow beer distributors to sell six-packs, 12-packs and growlers, rather than cases only.

It is estimated liquor privatization could generate at least $1.1 billion in up-front revenues. Revenue from taxes on the sale of beer, wine and spirits would continue.

Finally, the proposal would ensure the state’s Liquor Control Board focuses on enforcement, compliance and education, rather than alcohol sales.

For more information about liquor store privatization, click here.
     
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