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Friday, October 30, 2015

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, October 30, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Controlling Government Spending

Controlling Government Spending - I recently voted to support two pieces of legislation that would reduce the state’s debt and require more efficient and transparent use of taxpayer dollars through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). House Bill 928 limits the amount of outstanding obligations for existing redevelopment assistance projects to $2.95 billion, while House Bill 930 limits the amount of debt taken on by new projects to $125 million per year while also capping debt for public improvement projects at $350 million per year.

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.

Passage of these two bills is a vote for the people of Pennsylvania, who deserve better stewardship of their hard-earned dollars, as well as those of future generations. Both pieces of legislation increase the efficiency of an economic tool that is already in place, but was often misused in prior years.

These bills place less of a burden on our kids and grandkids by reducing the amount of debt we are allowed to carry and forced to pay every year. As a result, more tax dollars will now be available for support and maintenance of government’s core functions.

RACP is a tremendous job-creating initiative but it is not an endless credit card. The General Assembly must set an example as a good money manager, and House Bills 928 and 930 follow the lead of legislation I authored two years ago (Act 77 of 2013) by making permanent the manner in which our state does business.

Attention Hunters -
If you hunt on state game lands or private property enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access program, the tree stand or portable ground blind you use must be marked to identify the owner. This is the result of a regulation that took effect earlier this year.

If you have further questions about this regulation, including how to mark your tree stand or ground blind, please click here.

Home Heating Assistance -
The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for home heating assistance this Monday, Nov. 2.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,655, and for a family of four, it is $36,375.

Applications for LIHEAP are available online by visiting and clicking on “Shopping for Energy” on the left navigation bar. You may also apply by contacting the Clearfield County Assistance Office at (814) 765-0684 or the Elk County Assistance Office at (814) 772-5215.

Recognizing Our Future Leaders -
Congratulations to Isaac Mulhollan, whose Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held this Sunday at Lake Street United Methodist Church, Woodland.

Investing in Our Infrastructure -
Congratulations to the Curwensville Municipal Authority on receiving a $2.5 million grant to rehabilitate more than 2 miles of sewage collection lines that are currently subject to water infiltration and inflows during wet weather. 

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