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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Saturday, June 27, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol
Wait…How Much Money Goes to Philadelphia?
 
As we get closer to the end of June, my colleagues and I in the House are continuing our work to develop the 2015-16 spending plan for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. I am committed to a responsible state budget that funds our needs, and spends within our means.

Education spending remains a top priority, but I believe any budget needs to distribute funding fairly across the Commonwealth. While Gov. Tom Wolf has touted that his plan would provide more than $500 million in new funding to the state’s school districts, nearly 32 percent of those NEW funds – generated in part by higher sales and income taxes on all of us – would go to the Philadelphia School District. The second highest distribution of those new funds – only 3 percent – would go to the Pittsburgh School District.

Meanwhile, our school districts here will see anywhere from 0.01 percent to 0.15 percent of the governor’s proposed new education funding.

I cannot support a proposal that distributes $500 million new dollars in such a lopsided fashion. Fortunately, many lawmakers agree and House and Senate Republicans are working on a more reasonable budget that may come up for a vote as early as Saturday afternoon.  Stay tuned for updates.

House OKs Snowmobile-ATV Funding Bill
The state House this week approved my legislation to bring fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 970 would direct the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV management and snowmobile management accounts to ensure a proportionate distribution of those funds.

Currently, the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio. People paying registration fees for their ATVs expect those funds to be used to maintain and develop trails for their use. Separating the accounts will help to ensure that is happening.

Fish for Free Next Weekend!
 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host its second Fish for Free Day on Saturday, 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.  Find more information here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

more propaganda to get you stirred up to blame someone else for their shortcomings

Anonymous said...

wait, Mr. Causer.....I'd support a tax increase if it meant that you and your fellow elected representatives finally starting paying the bill to fund the pension system instead of following in the footsteps of former policymakers....