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Friday, February 21, 2020

Harrisburg News from State Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, February 21, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol


We had a great turnout for Business After Hours last night at The Temple Room in Kane! I'm pictured here with Brandy Schimp, Kane Mayor; Kate Kennedy, executive director of the Kane Area Development Center; and Jill Grosch of my Kane office.
 

 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Next Week

Our free Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics continue this week. The schedule is as follows:
  •   Monday, Feb. 24: Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 128 Lyons St., Shinglehouse – 9-11 a.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Emporium Senior Center, 105 E. 4th St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Coudersport Senior Center, 165 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-2:30 p.m.

A final clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Ulysses Senior Center, 522 Main St., Ulysses. Or you may visit any of our local offices for assistance.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. Also, applicants with veterans disability benefits and/or pensions do not need to declare that income.

Residents are reminded to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

For more information, contact my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769) or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).
 

Budget Hearings Focus on Spending, Mismanagement

Citing concerns with overspending and mismanagement in the current year’s budget, members of the House Appropriations Committee kicked off this year’s budget hearings by grilling administration officials about their actual funding needs for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $36 billion budget, which represents a spending increase of more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget. Nearly $1 billion of that increase is the result of the administration’s overspending in this year’s budget. The committee met with officials from the departments of Revenue, Aging, State, Military and Veterans Affairs, Corrections, and Labor and Industry.

Several major state agencies are on next week’s agenda, beginning with the Department of Environmental Protection at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Other state agencies scheduled to appear include the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Transportation, Agriculture, Health, and Community and Economic Development. For a full schedule of these and other remaining hearings, or to watch live streams or archived video of the hearings, click here.

Additional information about the 2020-21 state budget proposal may be found here.
 

Reminder: Area Farmers, Ag Leaders Invited to Breakfast with PA Ag Secretary


 
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Rep. Clint Owlett and I are inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Friday, March 13, at 9 a.m. at Pine Creek Inn, 1637 Route 6 West, Galeton.

This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done to support the industry in Harrisburg, and to share your concerns for the future with us and our state Agriculture secretary. We encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.

To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP by contacting my Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or registering online at www.RepCauser.com.

There is no charge to attend.
 

HealthierPA Initiatives Signed into Law

Two measures advanced by the House earlier this year as part of our HealthierPA Initiative are now law.

Act 6 of 2020 will help improve cancer treatment options for patients with Stage IV metastatic cancer by requiring insurance companies to cover the medication and treatments prescribed by the patient’s doctor, regardless of what their insurance plan typically covers.

The law recognizes time is of the essence for patients fighting cancer. They should not have to get sicker and sicker before being allowed to try something their doctor is recommending that could extend the length and quality of their lives.

Act 7 of 2020 will help protect infants who receive donated breast milk through milk banks. Banked donor milk is used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and by outpatients with medical issues. When a mother’s own milk is unavailable in the NICU, the use of banked donor milk has been shown to decrease mortality rates and the incidence of serious complications.

The new law will require the state Department of Health to regulate milk banks, which are entities that gather, process and distribute mothers’ milk for medically fragile newborns. Milk banks would be required to medically screen donors and to contact the health care provider of the donor’s baby to verify adequate growth. The donor milk must be processed to inactivate pathogens (pasteurized), and post-processing bacterial cultures must be performed. The law does not regulate breast milk donors or affect informal milk sharing that may occur.
 

Committee Discusses Bill to Better Coordinate Fire, EMS Services

Continuing the commitment to supporting the state’s fire and emergency services system, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a public hearing this week on a proposal to create a Pennsylvania State Fire Commission to better coordinate resources and services.

The bill is based on a recommendation offered by the Senate Resolution 6 Commission to ensure fire and EMS coverage, which is provided by volunteers in the majority of the state’s communities, remains available across the state.

Testifiers at the hearing included Bruce Trego, state fire commissioner; Dylan Ferguson of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services; David Chiaramonte and Adam Perreault of the PA Professional Firefighters Association; Charles McGarvey Sr. and Jay Delaney of the PA Career Fire Chiefs Association; and Steve Bair of the PA Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

Last fall, as part of our “Helpers and Heroes” initiative, the House passed a series of bills designed to improve recruitment and retention of volunteers for fire and ambulance companies, boost access to training and increase funding options. Most of the measures are now awaiting action in the Senate. Late last year, Act 106 was signed into law, making online training more readily available to current and prospective first responders.

 

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1 comment :

white russian said...

by grilling administration officials about their actual funding needs for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year.
Sure martin, how many Rachel crushers did the state police need?
How much was paid to Israel to train the state police?
Demand full accounting of the 2.45 billion.
demand Evanchick be grilled, under oath- what is his connections with bolshevik Israel?
what is yours?