Governor’s Decision to Veto Emergency Funding Plan
School Districts, Social Service Organizations
I’m extremely disappointed that Governor Wolf chose this
week to veto emergency funding approved by the Legislature
as part of a “stop-gap” budget bill that will keep money
flowing to schools and community organizations while we
continue to negotiate a budget.
By vetoing the emergency funding plan, the Governor is
leaving $3 billion of money for schools and hundreds of
millions of dollars for social service agencies sitting on
his desk. Local schools are among those that will run short
on money by December. You can view the full list
The state hasn’t stopped collecting taxes. Those funds
should continue to go to help educate our children and take
care of our neediest citizens. Since the governor vetoed the
Legislature’s original budget in June, we have offered to
match his proposal for school funding. We met or exceeded
his request on 70 percent of budget items. The Governor
still said no.
It’s becoming more and more clear that for the Governor this
budget impasse is about one thing – achieving a tax increase
of historic proportions. The people of Pennsylvania do not
want us to raise their income taxes and sales taxes by $4
billion. His tax proposal includes a 14 percent increase in
just your income taxes, not to mention the other taxes you
will pay on goods and services.
We have real differences. While I am disappointed by the
governor’s latest rejection, we remain ready to talk further
and ultimately pass a fiscally-responsible budget for the
citizens of Pennsylvania.
New Website Offers Updates on Construction Projects
Funded Through State’s New Transportation Plan
Pennsylvania’s motorists can now access real-time information on transportation projects that have been completed or scheduled through 2026 at a new
website developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
I strongly supported passage of Act 89, which is providing critical investments in Pennsylvania’s transportation system. The comprehensive funding
legislation enables the state to address structurally-deficient bridges, poorly-rated roads and underfunded multimodal projects.
The new PennDOT website, includes interactive maps and explanations of these
construction projects that are underway or will begin this year;
road and bridge projects that are completed, underway or scheduled because of Act 89's historic investment;
bridge maintenance and construction projects; and
other planned projects in PennDOT’s Four- and Twelve-Year Plans.
The website allows users to view projects according to categories such as county, statewide, legislative district and more. The
also allows users to better understand the estimated start and end dates of projects as well as to view projects of regional significance along
Pennsylvania’s interstate system.
I recently joined local officials serving at the annual Giant Ice Cream Sundae at Kid’s Day at the Grange Fair in Centre County. It’s a
great summertime tradition and a wonderful opportunity to meet with area residents.
Increased Public Awareness Needed
Lyme Disease Detection
With Pennsylvania leading the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has called for increased awareness about this
When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. Early
diagnosis is important in preventing late-stage complications. The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using
insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, checking for - and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly
The recently-released 2014 Lyme statistics show increases in reported Lyme cases in most counties in the state. For the past five years, Pennsylvania has
lead the nation in reported Lyme disease cases.
For more information on Lyme disease and to view the latest case report,
DEP Accepting Applications for Small Business Advantage Grants
Small businesses can apply now for PA Advantage Grants to help pay for
pollution-cutting, energy-efficient upgrades. The grants provide funding to
projects that include anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler
upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste
recycling systems. The program is funded by the Impact Fee paid by natural gas developers and the state Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.
For more information,
Capturing 100 Years of PA Agriculture
One hundred years of Pennsylvania agriculture comes to life in
“Hold Your Horses” -- a 176-page hardcover book
that captures agricultural stories from the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. The book is being sold for $25, with proceeds going to support the
PA Farm Show Scholarship program.
The book chronicles the
first farm show in an agricultural implements building at
Tenth and Market Streets in Harrisburg through the 1929 stock market crash and the construction of the early North Cameron and Maclay Streets Complex.
Today the annual PA Farm Show covers more than a
million square feet of floor space and brings a taste of farm life to more than
400,000 visitors. It’s a short ride from my district and a great place to enjoy the best of our state’s agricultural traditions.