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Friday, September 25, 2015

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

Approving Immediate Emergency Funding

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On Thursday, I joined the majority of my House colleagues in voting to support legislation that would send Pennsylvania’s human service providers and public schools much-needed emergency state funding retroactively from July 1 through Oct. 31. House Bill 224 and Senate Bills 1000 and 1001 have been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature.

By authorizing emergency funding, we are taking responsible action to pay our bills while negotiations on a final budget continue. Our support for this legislation provides funding for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians who have been used as ‘leverage’ by Gov. Wolf and his allies who, until now, have insisted on creating a crisis by holding hostages in a cynical attempt to build support for an unnecessary $5 billion tax increase that Pennsylvanians cannot afford.

We call on the governor to approve this emergency funding legislation, which would immediately enable more than $11 billion that has already been collected from hard-working taxpayers to be sent to providers of essential services. Approval of this legislation would bring peace of mind to college students and their parents who are concerned about buying textbooks and making their fall semester tuition payments. A veto from Gov. Wolf, however, would not only harm those same students, it would also prevent domestic violence and rape crisis centers from keeping their doors open and providing critical services to those who need them most. A veto would also turn out the lights for providers of essential services to children and even cause some schools in our state to needlessly close down, harming the very students our governor claims to support.

Gov. Wolf has repeatedly said ‘simply saying no is not an option.’ We call on him to live by his own words. With negotiations on a full-year budget scheduled to continue, the governor is the only person standing between taxpayer dollars and the people and providers who need the immediate funding we have once again voted to provide.

Attention Sportsmen -
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its final quarterly meeting of the year this Monday and Tuesday at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 15 Industrial Drive, DuBois.

On Monday, the board will convene at 8:30 a.m. to hear public comments, followed by Game Commission staff reports. Anyone interested in offering public testimony may register beginning at 7:45 a.m. on a first-come, first-to-speak basis. Public comment is limited to five minutes per speaker, and no PowerPoint presentations are permitted.

On Tuesday, the board will take up its prepared agenda, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

The agenda for the September meeting is available at the Game Commission’s website, From the “Quick Clicks” box on the right side of the homepage, select “Meetings of the Board & Other Special Events” and click the link posted on the page that opens.

The new Kersey Run Bridge…..
on Route 555 in Weedville is open to traffic. Crews have been working since late April to replace the old bridge.
Overall work included new approaches, paving and guide rail updates. Although the bridge is open to traffic, project work will continue through early October.

Completion work will take place during daylight hours and flaggers may be present in the roadway to control traffic. 

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