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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Commissioners Across Region Gather In Potter County

Doug Hill
Potter County hosted a meeting of the Northwest Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association this week, continuing a tradition that dates back several decades. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover welcomed their colleagues during a business meeting and issues roundtable at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. The session was followed by a tour of the museum, conducted by administrator Josh Roth.

Guest speaker was Doug Hill, long-time executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Much of his presentation focused on uncertainties surrounding the 2017-18 state budget and the impact that many of the unresolved issues could have on county governments. With the Pa. House of Representatives adamant about not increasing the income tax or sales tax, the state government faces a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall from fiscal 2016-17 and has advanced a budget that is underfunded by another $800 million for the current fiscal year. 

Hill also cited a number of federal budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump — emergency management grants, housing assistance, the Community Development Block Grant Program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 

Bottom line, he told commissioners, is that county taxpayers could have to cover the shortfall by paying high real estate taxes. Hill added that the vast majority of services provided by county governments in Pennsylvania are mandated by state law, but they’re underfunded by the state. The gap has widened over the past decade, he noted, as state funding has been not been increased, but county costs have steadily risen.
Josh Roth conducts tour of the Pa. Lumber Museum.


Joe Lagrua said...

I think that as long as the State denies funding the mandates we should abolish the programs they mandate. If you mandate you must provide the funding. Simple

Anonymous said...

That sounds good in theory, but when Grandma starves or the abused child has nowhere to turn, it doesn't sound quite as good.

Anonymous said...

If the state mandates it, you cannot abolish it. That's why it's called a "mandate."

Anonymous said...

Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education $579,783,484 $1,521,271,091+

Jared Kushner
Senior adviser to the president for strategic planning $241,037,233 $735,684,002+

Wilbur L. Ross
Secretary of Commerce $326,224,177 $687,221,016+

Gary D. Cohn
Director of the National Economic Council $252,952,172 $611,081,045+

Reed Cordish
Special assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives $197,281,047 $424,021,002+

Steven T. Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury $154,137,166 $350,509,015+

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State $239,488,353 $350,214,001+

Chris Liddell
Director of strategic initiatives for the White House Strategic Development Group $75,262,171 $196,543,002

Robert Lighthizer
Nominee for U.S. Trade Representative $18,627,275 $73,755,000

Stephen K. Bannon
Counselor to the president $11,850,014 $53,861,000

Sonny Perdue
Nominee for Secretary of Agriculture $11,269,045 $53,085,000

Elaine L. Chao
Secretary of Transportation $11,572,072 $48,288,000

Kellyanne Conway
Counselor to the president $11,015,017 $44,275,000

Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development $8,114,059 $23,487,000

Jeffrey A. Rosen
Nominee for deputy secretary for Department of Transportation $9,086,316 $22,988,000

Dan Coats
Director of National Intelligence $8,770,090 $22,421,000

Tom Price
Secretary of Health and Human Services $8,026,265 $22,100,001

James N. Mattis
Secretary of Defense $3,563,022 $10,595,000

Jeff Sessions
Attorney General $2,938,056 $9,795,000

Sean Spicer
Press secretary $3,900,059 $8,548,000

Mick Mulvaney
Director of the Office of Management and Budget $3,239,057 $7,335,000

Heather A Wilson
Nominee for Secretary of the Air Force $2,150,150 $6,601,000

These are only the top members of Drumpf's "Court of Jesters" - MAYBE THEY COULD CONTRIBUTE A FEW DOLLARS TO HELP WE POOR PENNSYLVANIAN'S? His vacant-minded Secretary of Education is worth over a billion dollars - that's billion with a "b."

Anonymous said...

Only Trump.......
This has been going on for yrs.........
Only Trump......God bless America!!!

Anonymous said...

Poster 7:33pm BOO HOO ! I don't care what these people are worth ! They are doing 100 times better than the obuma years ! You want to blame ? All these social programs exploded during the obuma welfare years ! I know many liberals that suck on the govenment teet that not should be on the free bee's but they lie and cheat to get on . You sound like one !

Anonymous said...

Some advice for: 12:00 PM EDT and 8:21 AM EDT-from the King James version of the Holy Bible:

(Jer. 5:21): They have eyes, but they see not, ears, but they hear not, like the IDOLS which they made and worshipped.