Senate Votes to Restore Wolf’s Cuts to
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
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
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).
MFRAP 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
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
The 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
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