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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
Our Annual Wellness Festival is TOMORROW
9/15/2017
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Our Annual Wellness Festival is TOMORROW

 

Our Third Annual Fall Wellness Festival, co-hosted with St. Luke’s Hospital, will be held  TOMORROW, Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus in Tannersville. This is a free event which will offer free classes and demonstrations, including Zumba, Chair Yoga and Silver Sneakers, as well as health screenings and cooking demonstrations.

A Budget That Puts People First
In working to complete the 2017-18 budget package, the state House this week approved legislation to generate enough revenue to close the projected budget gap. The “Putting People First” revenue package stands up for taxpayers by providing a fiscally responsible plan which contains no new or increased taxes or borrowing.

The revenues to fund the $1.5 billion deficit from 2016-17, as well as the anticipated revenue needed for the current budget of approximately $600 million, would come from legislative reserves; transfers from special accounts with excess or dormant funding; other fund transfers; multi-year agency lapsed funds; gaming reform proceeds; liquor transfers; and the sale of a portion of the Tobacco Settlement money.

The various transfers are not expected to negatively impact any current or future program or service to state residents.

The measure now goes to the Senate for concurrence. For more information, visit www.PAHouseGOP.com.

East Stroudsburg University Legislative Fellow

 

This morning, I had the privilege to be named East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) 19th Legislative Fellow. Throughout the upcoming school year I look forward to meeting the students and faculty that make ESU so successful.

 I am following in the footsteps of other Monroe County legislators who have held this position such as Joe Battisto, Mario Scavello, John Siptroth and Rosemary Brown. I would like to thank everyone for their support.

Pictured with me are Rep. Rosemary Brown; Abigail A. Soto, student member, ESU Council of Trustees; Chelsi Roberts-Williams, ESU Student Senate president; Dr. Andrew Whitehead, ESU APSCUF president; Dr. Marcia Welsh, ESU president; Monroe County Commissioners Charlie Garris and John Moyer; Larry West, chief of staff to Sen. John Blake; Rep. Mike Peifer; former state Rep. John Siptroth; Cooper Nordquist from Rep. Maureen Madden’s office; and Monroe County commissioner John Christy.

Helping Our Veterans
Legislation to help veterans and their spouses by enhancing their eligibility for state programs and services passed the House this week.

House Bill 980 would exempt 100 percent of a veteran’s federal disability compensation or pension from income calculations for any state program or benefit, such as the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). (Under current law, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program already excludes this income.)

In addition, the legislation would extend the exclusion of the compensation benefits to the veteran’s unmarried surviving spouse.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Keeping Your Personal Info Safe
In light of recent news about a data breach at Equifax, a national credit-reporting agency, residents are encouraged to learn more about identity theft and how to protect their information from being used fraudulently.

It is unknown how many Pennsylvania consumers the breach has affected; however, the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General is leading a national investigation into the data breach.

In the meantime, consumers are urged to be proactive in monitoring their credit reports and financial account statements, such as credit cards and utilities, and in reporting any suspicious activity to the attorney general office’s hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or atscams@attorneygeneral.gov.

The Federal Trade Commission has also provided www.identitytheft.gov, an identity theft prevention website.

What Do You Think about Highway Safety?
Motorists are encouraged to submit their input on a number of highway issues, such as highway safety, traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors, as part of PennDOT’s annual online survey.

The brief survey is available until Sept. 27, and focuses on seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age and county of residence.

Last year, 6,619 people responded to the survey. As a result of this feedback and recent trends in crash data, PennDOT has further increased its usage of social media to share highway safety information and is highlighting personal responsibility in future media campaigns.

To complete the survey, click here.

Around Our Community 

 

This week, the 11th Annual A. Mitchell Palmer Award Dinner was hosted by the East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge and the Monroe County Bar Association. This year’s honoree was Sharon S. Laverdure. Sharon is a longtime educator, coach and highly respected community leader. She began her teaching career at the East Stroudsburg School District in 1973 and was appointed superintendent in 2009. Sharon serves on countless community boards and was a very successful softball and field hockey coach. The award is named after the former U.S. Congressman and U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and all proceeds from the dinner goes toward scholarships for local students.

Pictured are Tyler Day from my office, Sharon S. Laverdure and Cooper Nordquist from Rep. Maureen Madden’s office.

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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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