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Friday, February 21, 2020

News from State Rep. Matt Gabler

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

This email includes:
 •  Questioning Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget
 •   They're here!
 •  Recognizing Our Future Leaders
 •   New ATV Trails Coming to PA?
 •  Attention Veterans

Questioning Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget

Presented with a costly $36 billion budget proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf - one that would increase state spending more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget - my colleagues and I on the House Appropriations Committee continue next week to work on investigating the governor’s funding requests and the actual needs of state agencies.

Here are some of the questions I asked during this past week’s hearings:

Click here to view video.
I heard two different perspectives on the governor’s plan to raise the minimum wage. The video above is from my questioning of representatives from the Department of Revenue, while the video below paints a different picture, compliments of the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office.

Click here to view video.

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I asked representatives from the Department of State to discuss the status of Pennsylvania’s voting system as the state prepares for a presidential election.

Click here to view video.
I questioned representatives of the PA State Police and Office of Homeland Security about costs associated with background checks that are conducted on gun owners.

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Members of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs were asked about state spending in support of their efforts.

Here is a schedule of testifiers for next week’s hearings, which may be viewed live online at

Monday, Feb. 24
10 a.m. - Department of Environmental Protection
1 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3 p.m. - Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs

Tuesday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. - Department of Transportation
1 p.m. - Department of General Services
3 p.m. - Liquor Control Board

Wednesday, Feb. 26
10 a.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development
1 p.m. - Department of Agriculture
3 p.m. - PA Emergency Management Agency/State Fire Commissioner

They're here!

Trout season in Clearfield and Elk counties opens Saturday, April 18, and statewide trout stocking schedules have just arrived in my district offices!

Please stop by and pick up yours today!

Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations to Kolton Mehalko, who joins the rank of Eagle Scout Sunday afternoon at the Wilcox Fire Hall!

New ATV Trails Coming to PA?

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has revised its policy and is now considering new ATV trails and connectors on state forest lands.

With demand for riding opportunities increasing above the existing more than 260 miles of trails, DCNR is examining the possibility of using existing forestry roads to expand ATV access and wants your opinion on the idea.

The proposal may be viewed by clicking here. 

Written comments are being accepted until Friday, March 27 and may be submitted to

Attention Veterans

On Tuesday, March 3, Service Officer Bradley Baranski from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer individual questions and offer information on programs and benefits to the men and women who serve and have served our country.

Appointments are necessary! Please call the office at 375-4688 if you wish to meet with Brad.


Anonymous said...

Yes, worry about the "cost" of background checks. Just do away with all of them and let anybody have a gun. When it's your family or friends that get hurt then you just sit there and suck it up.

Anonymous said...

Do anti gunners ever know what they are talking about? Just pure emotion with no thought.

The issue is Pa's insta check system known as PICS costs a lot of money to maintain, and is redundant. Every other state uses the federal system or NICS with no issues. In addition the PSP willfully and illegally use the system to maintain a data base of gun purchases. They admit it. The law states they are suppose to purge the data after a specific amount of days, but as is typical with government the rules don't apply to them. Killing the PICS system would save money, get rid of the data base, and more importantly rid the state of yet another bloated tax payer funded department. But of course killing a government program is impossible.