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05/01/2017
In conjunction with the Lancaster Barnstormers, veterans groups and local sponsors, I am inviting residents to begin registering for the 2017 “Salute to Veterans.” This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 19, at 5:15 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium, located at 650 N. Prince St. Gates open at 4 p.m.
04/04/2017
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County House Republican Delegation voted in favor of a budget that would provide greater government efficiency, allowing for an increase in education funding without borrowing or new taxes.
03/28/2017
The United States Department of Agriculture last week confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year.
03/15/2017
By now, everyone has received their assessment statement from the county. Don’t panic, this does not necessarily mean your taxes are going up. In fact, they could stay the same or even go down.
03/08/2017
Due to the closure of three Unemployment Compensation (UC) service centers – here in Lancaster, Allentown and Altoona – there is now a shortage of staff to answer statewide calls and to help residents with their claims. These closings have caused extremely long wait times for countless Commonwealth residents calling for assistance.
02/28/2017
Applications for the 2017 Summer Turnpike Program for toll, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions are now being accepted. As has been the case in the past, the number of positions available is limited.
02/27/2017
Recently I have heard from numerous constituents about the status of reforming or eliminating school property taxes.
02/13/2017
Tax season is upon us. For many people, this means having to choose between paying high fees to have their taxes prepared by a third party and attempting the filing process on their own.
02/10/2017
While it has been a rather mild winter so far, the snow, wind and diving temperatures of the past seven days serves notice that your home could become dangerously cold in a snap. That means it’s time to start thinking about ways to conserve heat and energy in your home. It also means folks on fixed incomes will face higher heating bills.
02/07/2017
HARRISBURG – Today, Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly on his administration’s 2017-18 budget proposal.
01/30/2017
Last week, I wrote about how prevailing wage drives up school construction and repair costs far beyond normal market prices. But prevailing wage also negatively impacts many other areas where taxpayer money is used, such as transportation.
01/23/2017
Since I first took office, I have been pushing to reform the state employee’s pension system. I thought it would be interesting to readers if I provide a brief history. During my first term, I co-sponsored and was an advocate for House Bill 922 which was a companion bill to Sen. Brubaker's Senate Bill. This would have simple done what the overwhelming majority of businesses had done to reform their pension over the past several decades. We would honor all public service employees benefits accumulated to a date certain. At that point all employees would be placed in a 401k style pension. It was extremely disappointing to me that this reform could not gather the necessary support in the House.
01/03/2017
Last session, both houses of the Legislature approved legislation calling for a state constitutional amendment that would reduce the size of the House from 203 to 151 seats. If both houses approve it again during the 2017-18 session, voters will get to decide the matter in a statewide referendum.