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Senator Jake Corman


March 17, 2016

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Senate Votes to Restore Wolf’s Cuts to Schools, Agriculture

 3/16/16 - Supplemental Budget (House Bill 1801)

The State Senate and House voted this week to restore funding to a number of programs that were vetoed by Governor Wolf in December, including critical funds for education, agriculture and rural hospitals.

Unfortunately, the Governor indicated that he will veto this bill  -- despite the fact that it will increase state support for education by $200 million and restore much of the $6 billion in funding eliminated by the Governor’s line-item vetoes.

The $30.031 billion spending plan would utilize existing revenues without the need for a tax increase.

Passage of a budget is crucial because it would allow Pennsylvania to move beyond the nine-month budget impasse and begin working in earnest toward a responsible budget for next year. Yet the Governor refuses to negotiate.

We are in an emergency situation. This budget provides $200 million new dollars for education and keeps our schools from closing their doors. It restores the funding for our agricultural community and means Penn State won’t lay off 1,100 employees. Rural hospitals receive their funding as do regional cancer centers, poison control facilities and more. This plan gets our communities the money they desperately need without the tax increases the Governor so desperately wants.

Lawmakers who support this budget have done our job. It’s time for Governor Wolf to finally do his and show the leadership needed to provide Pennsylvanians with a fiscally responsible budget.
 

Tax Time Offers Opportunity to Help Military Families

With tax time at hand, Pennsylvanians can help military families in times of crisis by donating all or some of their state income tax refund to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP).

MFRAPMFRAP provides grants of up to $3,500 to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.

In addition to contributing through state tax returns, donations to MFRAP can also be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov or by mail to DMVA Office of Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent authorized by federal law. To learn more about MFRAP, visit www.mfrap.pa.gov.
 


Preventing Lead Exposure

Ensuring that your home and water is not exposed to lead is critical. Given the numerous stories we hear throughout the country regarding lead exposure, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent you and your loved ones, particularly children, from being exposed.

The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are responsible for providing Pennsylvanians with information and resources about lead poisoning prevention and what to do in the event that you or someone you know is affected.

Some ways you can reduce the risk of being exposed to lead include:

  • When preparing baby formula or cooking, use cold water.
  • To remove lead, do not boil water as this could increase lead concentrations.
  • Contact your water system provider for more information on getting your water tested for lead.
  • Look over your home’s plumbing fixtures to identify if they contain lead.
  • Run your water to clear out lead before drinking or cooking.

For more information about how to reduce lead exposure, visit this website or click here. To speak with someone over the phone about lead prevention, please call 1-800-440-LEAD.
 


Great American Cleanup of PA Runs Through May 31

Keep Pennsylvania BeautifulThe Great American Cleanup of PA campaign is a statewide effort to keep our communities healthy and beautiful. The annual program relies on volunteers and civic organizations to plan and participate in community improvement events such as trash collection efforts and watershed improvement projects. Free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests are available while supplies last.

If you are interested in doing your part to pass along a cleaner, healthier environment to future generations, more information on local cleanup efforts is available at www.gacofpa.org and at www.keeppabeautiful.org.
 


On March 9, Senator Corman toured the Penn State College of Medicine University Park Campus to meet with faculty, students and administrators of the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Senator Corman with faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine University Park Campus Senator Corman with faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine University Park Campus Senator Corman with faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine University Park Campus
 

 


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