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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
Budget Update: Continuing the Fight Against Higher Taxes
7/14/2017
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Budget Update: Continuing the Fight Against Higher Taxes
The $32 billion budget passed by the General Assembly in late June became law earlier this week, again without the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. This is the third consecutive fiscal year budget to become law without the governor’s signature.

With the governor largely absent from negotiations, House and Senate Republicans have been working in good faith with his staff to reach an agreement on revenues to support the spending plan.

Presented with a variety of options, including proposed reforms to our state’s liquor sales system and gaming expansion, the administration has rejected each proposal, instead calling for new and increased taxes on hard-working Pennsylvania families or small employers.

Talks will continue until an agreement is reached.

Senior Expo Set for July 17
Sen. Mario Scavello, Rep. Rosemary Brown and I will be hosting a Senior Expo on Monday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pocono Mountain Swiftwater Elementary Center, 135 Academic Drive, Swiftwater.

This event promises something for everyone – free admission, door prizes, health screenings, educational seminars and refreshments. Exhibitors from government agencies and senior citizen organizations will be on hand.


Bill to Boost Fight Against Waste, Fraud, Abuse

 

Legislation that would ensure the future of the State Office of Inspector General has been passed by the General Assembly and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

Recognizing the importance of its work to root out waste, fraud and abuse within the state’s welfare system and government as a whole, Senate Bill 527 would make the office a permanent part of state government. Currently, it exists only by executive order of the governor.

Under the bill, the Office of Inspector General would be granted subpoena power for its internal investigations and would be authorized to investigate and file criminal charges for certain welfare fraud crimes.

The bill also aims to promote the office’s independence. It outlines qualifications for the top post and provides a separate budgetary line item for the office. Finally, it ensures regular communications with the General Assembly.

The governor has indicated he will sign the legislation.

Fire Company Carnival Season is in Full Swing
As summer continues to fly by, Pocono Township Fire Company and Pocono Mountain Fire Company will hold its annual carnivals. Stop by to show your support for your local fire department and have some fun at the same time!

Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company will hold its carnival in Tannersville from Monday, July 17, to Saturday, July 22.

The Pocono Mountain Carnival will be held from Sunday, July 23, to Saturday 29,  at the Pocono Mountains Carnival Grounds.

Improving Transparency in Lobbying
To improve transparency within the lobbying process, House Bill 1175 passed the House this week to better address lobbying violations and ensure the public has more information with respect to how lobbyists attempt to influence public policy.

The bill would increase the maximum penalty imposed by the Ethics Commission for an unlawful act from the current fine of $2,000 to $4,000. The bill also would increase the maximum administrative penalty that may be imposed for negligent failure to report under current law from $50 per day, to $50 for the first 10 days, $100 for each late day after the first 10 late days and $200 for each late day after the initial 20-day period.

Additionally, the bill would improve the current electronic filing system for lobbyists and require
all filings to be posted on the Department of State’s publicly accessible website within seven days of receipt.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its review.

Mt. Pocono Borough to Celebrate 90th Anniversary 

 

Join in on the fun at the Mt. Pocono Borough 90th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 15, at the Mt. Pocono Volunteer Fire Company from noon to 2 p.m.

Staying Safe in Highway Work Zones

 

With the summer construction season in full swing, motorists are reminded to follow state law in highway work zones. Since 1970, 87 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In posted work zones, state law requires all motorists to travel with their headlights turned on. Drivers in vehicles with daytime running lights must turn on their headlights to activate their taillights. Interstate work zones with a project cost exceeding $300,000 will have a speed-monitoring device to alert motorists of their speed prior to entering the work zone.

In active work zones, a white flashing light attached to the “Active Work Zone When Flashing” sign will only be activated when workers are present. Motorists caught driving 11 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed, automatically will lose their license for 15 days.

Additionally, fines for certain traffic violations — including speeding, driving under the influence and failure to obey traffic devices — are doubled for active work zones. Five years of additional jail time may be imposed for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle for a crash in an active work zone.

For more information on work zone safety, including safety tips, click here.

Around Our Community

 

A great time was had by all at Tobyhanna Township's Community Day last weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table!

 

Over the weekend, Monroe County Conservation District held its Bug Fest at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. My grandson, Wolfgang, and I stopped by and enjoyed seeing all the insects.

Kettle Creek has many fun events and camps throughout the year for kids. To learn more, check out its website at http://www.mcconservation.org/.

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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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