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Friday, September 25, 2015

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Capitol Update
Friday, September 25, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

House OKs Emergency Funds…Will the Governor Agree?

With schools and human service agencies struggling due to the lack of a state budget, I joined the majority of my fellow lawmakers this week in voting to approve four months’ worth of emergency state funding.

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While it’s frustrating to all of us that we don’t have a full budget in place, the fact is the governor and the Legislature are still pretty far apart on what taxpayers can afford. Gov. Tom Wolf continues to push for nearly $5 billion in tax hikes this year, including increased income and sales taxes. The majority of lawmakers, on the other hand, support a more affordable budget that increases funding for things like education and public safety without increasing the burden on taxpayers.

Nearly three months into the fiscal year, our schools and human service agencies really can’t wait any longer to receive their state support. The emergency funding bills we passed this week would ensure they get the money they need to keep their doors open.

I strongly encourage the governor to do the right thing for students, families and human services consumers – as well as taxpayers as a whole – and sign this short-term budget.

Learn more here.

Remembering Heroes from Norwich Township

I was honored to participate in the dedication of a new veterans memorial at the baseball field in Crosby last weekend. The memorial was made possible by the hard work and dedication of Crosby American Legion Post 976, Norwich Township supervisors, Sons of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 72.


Daisley to be Honored During Bridge Dedication

Lt. William E. Daisley Jr., who lost his life during a military training exercise more than 20 years ago, will be honored next Saturday, Oct. 3, at a bridge dedication ceremony in Coudersport.

Under Act 29 of 2015, the bridge on Route T-325 over the Allegheny River has been designated the Lt. William E. Daisley Jr. Memorial Bridge. Daisley was an outstanding scholar, role model and athlete at Coudersport Area High School who graduated with high honors from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Please join me in honoring Lt. Daisley and his dedicated service to our country. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. next to the bridge.

Outreach Office Hours Set for Oct. 1

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Oct. 1:

 • 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), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

The Leaves Are Starting to Fall…

And that means it’s time for Coudersport’s annual Falling Leaves Festival! Stop by Main Street on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, for a variety of activities, including sawmill demonstrations, chain saw carvings, fly tying demonstrations, historical walking tours, farmers’ market, car show, live music and more. Check out the full schedule of events here.


Anonymous said...

In the real world if you miss a deadline more than likely your job would be terminated. Or you would be penalized. Maybe chop our lawmakers wages, by 25. 30, 50% or more for not doing their job.

Anonymous said...

Amen n Amen
They are OVER PAID !!!!