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District Office
Carriage House Square
2785 Route 115, Suite 103
Effort, PA 18330
Phone: (570) 620-4341
Fax: (570) 620-4349

Tobyhanna Township Building
105 Government Center Way
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Phone: (570) 643-7683

Capitol Office

Room 423, Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202176
Harrisburg PA 17120-2176
Phone: (717) 787-7732
State Budget Spending Plan Now on Governor’s Desk
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State Budget Spending Plan Now on Governor’s Desk
With strong bipartisan support, the House sent to the governor a $32 billion budget that invests in key areas while also starting the process to reinvent state government.

House Bill 218 supports additional funding for schools, pension obligations and services for those with intellectual disabilities, but demands additional savings across state government agencies and programs, including Medicaid. The budget also shows savings from the shrinking prison population.

Of particular note, nearly 40 percent of the General Fund, $11.8 billion, is directed toward prekindergarten through 12th-grade education, including $100 million more for basic education, a restoration of funding for pupil transportation, $30 million more for early childhood education, another $25 million for special education, and a 2 percent increase for the State System of Higher Education.

This budget begins the process of eliminating duplicative services and reducing overall costs to encourage reform and innovation, while ensuring funds are available for core government services.

Additional legislation is forthcoming to finalize the entire 2017-18 budget package.

Protecting Children, Pets from Dangers of Hot Cars

 

Legislation to protect children and pets that are left inside dangerously hot vehicles unanimously passed the House on Friday.

House Bill 1152 would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. The immunity only would apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances, has a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger and makes an effort to notify law enforcement.

House Bill 1216 is similar in that it would provide civil immunity to police officers, humane society police officers and firefighters for property damage resulting from forcibly entering a vehicle to rescue an animal in imminent danger of suffering harm.

Holding Caretakers Accountable
Individuals who endanger children in their care will face stronger criminal penalties under legislation that was recently signed into law.

Under Act 12 of 2017, parents, guardians or those tasked with the care of a child will face harsher penalties in cases of child endangerment if the child is under the age of 6, if the endangerment results in serious injury or death, or if the endangerment is part of a continuing course of conduct.

Currently, a person who endangers the welfare of a child under the age of 18 can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, and if the conduct is part of a continuing course of conduct, the offense is graded as a third-degree felony.

The new law will take effect in late August.

Take a Road Trip in PA

 

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office has compiled a list of customized road trips for a wide variety of interests and locations.

Available at www.VisitPa.com/pa-road-trips, the road trips are designed in each of the state’s 11 unique tourism regions, complete with off-the-beaten path stops and only-in-Pennsylvania attractions.

Road trips are designed around nature, religious and spiritual destinations, kid-specific sites, historical attractions, photographic gems, shopping, keystone countryside, small-town charm, arts and culture, ghost rides, sporting events and culinary delights.

Traveler spending generated an estimated $71.6 billion in total economic activity and supported nearly 500,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, according to a 2015 report from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Tobyhanna Township Community Day
Stop by the Tobyhanna Township Community Day, set for Saturday, July 8, at Blanche D. Price Park in Pocono Pines.

This is a free event with food vendors, tricky trays, live music and more. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and will end with fireworks at dusk. My office will have a booth with state information. Hope to see you there!
 
United Way of Monroe County Celebrates 75 Years 

 

Congratulations to the United Way of Monroe County for celebrating 75 years of living united in the Poconos. This week, the United Way held its Bow Ties and BBQ event at the Kalahari Resort in Tobyhanna Township to celebrate the anniversary and recognize all their volunteers and partners.

Linda McDonald was named volunteer of the year and Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus was named partner of the year. The 2017 Mattioli Philanthropy Award was presented to Paul and Judy Schuchman. Thank you to the United Way for all you do in Monroe County.

Pictured are Sen. Mario Scavello, Paul Schuchman, Judy Schuchman, Tyler Day, and United Way of Monroe County President and CEO Michael Albert.

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Office Locations
Capitol: Room 423, Irvis Office Building, P.O. Box 202176, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2176 | Phone: (717) 787-7732
Districts: 2785 Route 115, Suite 103, Carriage House Square, Effort, PA 18330 I Phone: (570) 620-4341
Tobyhanna Township Building, 105 Government Center Way, Pocono Pines, Pa 18350 I Phone: (570) 643-7683
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