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Friday, October 2, 2015

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Friday, October 02, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Governor Says ‘No’ to Emergency Funding for Schools, Human Services

Across the state, schools and human service agencies will continue to struggle without state funds after Gov. Tom Wolf chose to veto an emergency funding measure that would have provided them with some much-needed relief.

The legislation approved by the state House last week would have sent four months’ worth of state funds, as well as federal funds, to schools and human service agencies. Instead, these organizations are being faced with a choice of either closing their doors or borrowing funds (and paying interest on those loans) to keep their doors open until a final budget agreement is reached.

For more information about how our schools are being impacted, read this article from Wednesday’s Bradford Era.

We in the Legislature and the governor's office have a responsibility to work together to do what's best for the Commonwealth. We all want to see the state and our residents succeed, but we don't necessarily agree on the best path to that success. While we sort out these policy differences, we are still collecting tax dollars and should be disbursing that money to our schools and human service agencies. For reasons I can only assume are about politics and leverage, the governor has instead chosen to let these organizations continue to struggle to put pressure on the General Assembly to agree to his plan to increase taxes for new state spending.

I am willing to work with the governor to adopt a budget that fairly funds the core functions of government, but it also must respect the taxpayers who foot the bill.

Marking Pain Awareness Month

On Thursday, I presented a House resolution designating September as Pain Awareness Month in Pennsylvania to 17-year-old Emily Schellhammer. The Smethport High School student suffers from Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy, which causes severe pain due to nerves in the body sending pain signals to the brain inappropriately. I commend Emily for her perseverance in fighting through her own pain, and for her leadership in raising awareness of the challenges faced by millions like her who suffer with chronic pain.


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 at a bridge dedication ceremony in Coudersport tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 3) at 11 a.m.

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.

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, most of the ceremony will be held indoors at American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo St., Coudersport. Guests will travel to the bridge to unveil the sign and for the closing prayer. Please join us in honoring Lt. Daisley and his dedicated service to our country.

Senior Citizens Expo Set for Oct. 9 in Roulette

Senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to the 13th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive in Roulette. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

Please note, my offices in Coudersport and Bradford will be closed on Friday for the expo.

An additional Senior Citizens Expo will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St. in Kane.

Attention Cold War-Era Veterans

Over the years, I have had the honor of hosting events to recognize groups of veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

This year, I would like to recognize Cold War-era veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991. If you or a loved one served during this time, please take a moment to register by signing up at my website or by calling my office at 1-866-437-8181. Once a date has been set for the ceremony, you will receive a personal invitation to attend.

The event is open to Cold War-era veterans residing in the 67th Legislative District, which includes Cameron, McKean and Potter counties, as well as their family members.

To veterans who served in the Persian Gulf conflict or subsequent operations, please know that I wish to recognize your service as well and will plan to do so at a future event.  


Anonymous said...

Please tell Wolfe that he needs to stop his temper tantrum and allow emergency funding. I'm sick of this guy holding the state hostage so he can raise my taxes. I hope Democrats are happy they elected this dictator.

Anonymous said...

In response to 12:43 pm I say this, As a lifelong registered democrat I have seen good and bad in both parties and as we all know no one party can hold all the crooks, cheats, and liars. That being said, history and common knowledge show that the democratic party is the party of give aways and in order to give it away somebody, somewhere has to fund it hence wolfe's desire to raise all our taxes. I'm sure, by far, the vast majority of wolfe voters came from the philly area where they hurriedly ran in and checked the dem. box on their way to cash their welfare checks. Voters need to be more informed about whom they're voting for and more importantly they actually have to care! Wolfe has evidently read the obama handbook on how to bleed more from the working class so the lazy don't have to work. It's like Robin Hood in reverse.

Anonymous said...

Sure hope the impasse doesn't interfere with free hotdogs on senior expo day. That would be just awful.