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Friday, July 12, 2019

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, July 12, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

Mark Your Calendar for Our Senior Citizens Expos

Area senior citizens, as well as family members and caregivers, are again invited to our annual Senior Citizens Expos to be held in Bradford, Kane and Roulette this summer and fall.

The expos provide access to a wide range of information in one convenient location. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing, personal safety and more. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

The events will be held as follows:
  • Bradford: Friday, Aug. 2, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Sports and Fitness Gymnasium, Campus Drive, Bradford.
  • Kane: Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
  • Roulette: Friday, Oct. 11, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., Roulette.
Each event is free to attend and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at each location.

I hope to see you there!
 

Fiscal Responsibility Leads to Healthy Deposit in State’s Rainy Day Fund

A strong economy, combined with House Republican efforts to stand up for taxpayers and against a series of tax hike proposals from Gov. Tom Wolf over the last four years, has resulted in a healthy investment of nearly $317 million in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

The fund essentially serves as the Commonwealth’s savings account, available to help weather the next economic downturn without further burdening hard-working taxpayers.

Last year marked the first deposit in the Rainy Day Fund in more than a decade. It totaled just $22 million.

This year, lawmakers agreed during budget negotiations to deposit the full amount of the General Fund balance at the close of the 2018-19 fiscal year into the fund.
 

New Law to Save Taxpayers Money

Working to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, the General Assembly passed a new law that will enable the Commonwealth to pay off state debt more quickly and save on interest costs.

Act 43 of 2019 will change the way state bonds are issued to accelerate the retirement of Pennsylvania’s General Obligation debt, reduce the amount of interest paid over the life of state-issued bonds, and help the Commonwealth improve its bond rating.

The law requires the principal for new issuances of state debt to be repaid in equal amounts over the term of the bond – usually 20 years – rather than front loading interest payments with lower principal payments that grow as the bonds mature.
 

Calling on the FCC to Protect Your Phone from Spoofers

Calls from telemarketers have long been an issue, but the situation becomes dangerous when scammers “spoof” calls. That’s when a call shows a different name or phone number than is actually associated with the caller. All too often it can result in recipients being tricked into sharing their personal information and scammed out of their hard-earned money.

Spoofing needs to be swiftly and aggressively addressed. Despite being illegal, these unwanted robocalls that appear to originate from local, often legitimate, numbers in order to deceive consumers are on the rise.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously supported a resolution urging Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop unwanted robocalls and spoofing, as well as to educate the public on how to report illegal calls. Spam calls are the most frequent complaint received by the FCC, and it’s time to do something about it.

While we implore the FCC to stop the harassment of Pennsylvanians through their own devices, residents can take action to limit another form of harassment – unwanted calls from telemarketers.

There are two Do Not Call Lists available: The National Do Not Call List and the Pennsylvania Do Not Call List. Register your cell phone and landline numbers with the state list by calling 888-777-3406 and the national list by calling 888-382-1222. Both phone numbers are toll free.
 

Staying Safe in Summer Heat and Humidity

With temperatures predicted to rise into the 90s again next week, the state Department of Health is offering several tips to help stay cool and safe.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing; limit outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours when temperatures are usually cooler; and pace yourself if you do need to be outdoors. When possible, stay indoors in air conditioning on hot days.

Staying hydrated is important, and health experts recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day, not waiting until you feel thirsty. Avoid consuming caffeinated, alcoholic or sugary beverages, and replace salt lost from perspiration by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.

Extreme heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States each year. Infants and young children, people age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions and those who must work outdoors are especially at risk for developing a heat-related illness.

Learn more here.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Fiscal Responsibility Leads to Healthy Deposit in State’s Rainy Day Fund

A strong economy, combined with House Republican efforts to stand up for taxpayers and against a series of tax hike proposals from Gov. Tom Wolf over the last four years, has resulted in a healthy investment of nearly $317 million in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Joke, even in good times an article can`t be written to show the tax payers/public that government can work together. In your own admission last year was the first deposit into the fund but you talk about the last 4 years....

Anonymous said...

How about putting the money back into the road fund the state took to pay the state police and fix our roads

Anonymous said...

The State budget has gone from $27.5B to $34B in eight years. How is that fiscal responsibility?

Anonymous said...

Lol, All 3 are spot on! they were able to find $317 Million out of 6.5 Billion for a rainy day! Fiscal responsibility,Joke!

Anonymous said...

We can't forget the $900,000 that the tax payers are gifting to Galeton for the "Fixing" the dam. Which is borough property and should be funded through the borough. Meanwhile Galeton doesn't have a certified or permitted drinking water source. Literally dozens of places in Potter County that could use that money.