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Friday, March 18, 2016

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, March 18, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Will Gov. Wolf Force Schools to Close?

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On Wednesday, I joined the majority of my colleagues in voting for and asking Gov. Tom Wolf to sign key budget-related legislation into law for the 2015-16 fiscal year. That day, the state House approved and sent to the governor’s desk House Bill 1801, House Bill 1327 and a series of state-related university appropriation bills, which would restore the Dec. 29 cuts made by the governor to the currently enacted budget.

House Bill 1801, which passed with bipartisan support, is the fourth 2015-16 budget bill that the Legislature has sent to Gov. Wolf. It would increase basic education funding by $200 million and restore support for agriculture – Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry – and correctional facilities across the state without requiring tax increases:

I call on Gov. Wolf to sign this legislation that would fund the core functions of government and restore the cuts he made in December. Without immediate release of state funds, a number of school districts across Pennsylvania are at serious risk of closing. We cannot allow that to happen. It is beyond time to release the tax dollars that Pennsylvanians have faithfully paid into the state treasury.

The governor’s signature on this budget would enable us to provide funding for critical access hospitals, which are essential to rural health care. It would allow the Penn State Extension to continue operating the great programs that benefit our local communities, and it would finally fund agricultural programs and restore funding for hardwood development and research on which our economy depends and many local jobs rely.

The practice of “governing by crisis” is no way for state government to operate. Gov. Wolf needs to end the threats, release the hostages he took with his veto pen and close the budget gap he created on Dec. 29.

Know Your Second Amendment Rights -
State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) and I are hosting a concealed carry seminar this Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m., at the Clearfield Driving Park in Expo Building 1 of the Clearfield County Fairgrounds. The seminar, which is free to attend, will be held during the Central PA Outdoor and Sports Show being held at the fairgrounds that weekend.

Speakers include Clearfield County Sheriff Wes Thurston, Clearfield County District Attorney Bill Shaw and United States Concealed Carry Association Instructor Jerry Schickling.

If you already have a concealed carry permit, or are thinking of obtaining one, please consider attending this seminar. There are misconceptions about concealed carry laws in Pennsylvania and we’re hosting this event in an effort to lay out the facts for gun owners. 

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