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Friday, August 28, 2015

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

Headline Harrisburg
Friday, August 28, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Supporting Essential Services in Pennsylvania

On Tuesday, I joined a majority of my colleagues in voting to fund essential statewide services in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s unprecedented complete budget veto on June 30. In a series of party-line votes, House Democrats declined to provide the necessary two-thirds majority necessary to override the governor’s veto and provide immediate funding for a range of human service and education-related programs, including rape crisis centers, domestic violence services, PHEAA college student grants and public school transportation – programs whose budget numbers are agreed to by both sides.

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The governor was wrong to indiscriminately veto these noncontroversial line items in the budget through a complete budget veto. While every Republican state House member voted to support immediate funding for these service providers, every Democrat voted against the attempt, directly resulting in a failure to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority needed to pass without the governor’s signature.

History shows on June 1, every state House member on both sides of the aisle voted in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s proposed tax increases, which would total over $4 billion in the coming year by substantially increasing hard-working Pennsylvanians’ income and sales taxes. The unanimous vote that day proves this is not a partisan issue. The governor has created this impasse by continuing to demand a budget that legislators in his own party cannot support. On June 30, the state Legislature’s balanced, no-tax-increase budget bill was brought forth as a real, workable solution providing historic increases in education funding based on real revenues. Wolf’s choice to veto this bill was a historic and devastating decision for Pennsylvania.

Nearly 60 days into this impasse, rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers and many other critical services are in desperate need of immediate funding. I am committed to continuing my work every day to bring real solutions forward to benefit our Commonwealth.

I continue to call on the governor to come to the table willing to agree to realistic and workable solutions that will enable Pennsylvania to move forward in a way that benefits everyone, especially our most vulnerable constituents who were dealt another devastating blow this week by our colleagues who refused to vote to fund these essential human service and education programs.

I-80 Construction -
Beginning this Monday, Aug. 31, work crews will begin to apply a high friction surface treatment to the road surface of Interstate 80 in half-mile sections, beginning just west of the Clearfield/Shawville near mile-marker 119 in both directions. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction at the work location.

Once application is complete in Clearfield County, crews will move to Clinton County and apply the treatment eastbound and westbound at mile-marker 190. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction at the work location.

PennDOT expects the project to be completed by the end of September, with some clean-up work possible in October. Weekend work is likely but no lane restrictions will be in place over the Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 4-8.

All work will take place during daylight hours.

Attention Veterans –
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Brian Morris from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. He will be answering veterans’ individual questions, as well as providing information on programs and benefits available to them.

My district office is located at in the DuBois Area Plaza, Suite 10, 1221 East DuBois Ave., DuBois. 

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