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Friday, February 22, 2019

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, February 22, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Preparing PA Students for Careers
  • Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers, Not Just "The Minimum"
  • New Jobs Coming to DuBois
  • Calling All Sportsmen
  • CWD Update
  • Working Toward a Taxpayer-Friendly State Budget
  • Improving the Do-Not-Call List

Preparing PA Students for Careers

As a foundational part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative, the House Education Committee unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania.

The package of bills includes:
  • House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
  • House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
  • House Bill 393 (to be introduced soon), which would create an online career resource center.
  • House Bill 394 (to be introduced soon), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
  • House Bill 395 (to be introduced soon), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
  • House Bill 396 (to be introduced soon), which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
  • House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.
These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.

Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers, Not Just "The Minimum"

A key to economic success for all Pennsylvanians and the Commonwealth as a whole is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

House Republicans launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on efforts to enhance our workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

The launch coincided with the governor signing an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The center is charged with addressing barriers to employment and enhancing cooperation among education and workforce development entities.

New Jobs Coming to DuBois

More than 60 new jobs are coming to our area, thanks to expansion of the Danone North America plant in Sandy Township.

I was invited to attend the recent ribbon cutting for a new building, which will allow Danone to increase production of its plant-based foods such as yogurt alternatives and nutritional powders.

CWD Update

Chronic Wasting Disease has been discovered in a Bloom Township deer.

Please click here for the details.

Calling All Sportsmen


This Wednesday, Feb. 27, the House Game and Fisheries Committee will hold informational meetings to question both the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) about their annual reports.

You can watch the meetings on my website,, beginning at 10 a.m. (PGC) and 1:30 p.m. (PFBC).

Working Toward a Taxpayer-Friendly State Budget

The House Appropriations Committee will now begin a series of hearings designed to highlight individual government agencies and evaluating the role they play in crafting the 2019-20 budget.

All the hearings will be streamed through my website,

Here is the schedule of testifiers for next week:

Monday, Feb. 25 -

10 a.m./PA State Police and Homeland Security
1 p.m./Criminal Justice: Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission
3 p.m./Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Tuesday, Feb. 26 -
10 a.m./Office of Administration and Office for Information Technology
1 p.m./Department of Transportation
3 p.m./Department of General Services

Wednesday, Feb. 27 –
10 a.m./Gaming Control Board
1 p.m./Department of Community and Economic Development
3 p.m./Liquor Control Board

Thursday, Feb. 28 -
10 a.m./Department of Human Services

Improving the Do-Not-Call List

Helping Pennsylvanians cut down on the number of telemarketing calls they receive is the goal of House Bill 318, which was passed this week.

The bill gives Pennsylvanians the ability to sign up for the state’s telemarketing "do-not-call" list without requiring them to re-register every five years.

The bill also aims to cut down on the annoyance of telemarketing calls during holidays by banning telemarketing calls on legal holidays. It would also ban the use of calls from computerized auto-dialers (robocalls).


Anonymous said...

More of these "all things for all people all of time" twaddle. Just like Trumpie wants them to believe - hook, line, and sinker! We are nearing the end of of the United States!

Anonymous said...

I will believe it when I see it! I have been on the "Do Not Call List" for over 15 years and I still get several annoying calls during all times a day! They come up "SPAM" and Out of Area on my Caller ID! Even local numbers are coming up on my Caller ID but it's not the person whom the number belongs to on the other side!I report these numbers and I still get calls from them because all they do is change numbers they are calling from! Even if I block numbers they still find a way! What needs to be done is to enforce the "Do Not Call" list further! These telemarketers need to be fined!

Anonymous said...

Loopholes to bypass do not call lists. Your friends numbers, calls originating out of the US, any business owned or partnered with a company you do business with, just to name a few.