Contact Information 
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
How Would the State Budget Proposal Affect YOU?
2/8/2019
State Budget Address Starts the Process

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. The governor called for approximately $1 billion in additional spending, but did not call for any broad-based tax hikes.

I was disappointed the governor’s budget proposal did nothing to address the looming property tax issue in Pennsylvania.

I’m pleased the governor is not asking for any new or increased broad-based taxes. I think there are areas where we’ll be able to find some common ground on issues like fighting the opioid epidemic and investing in workforce training. The governor’s overall spending proposal is a bit aggressive, so we will look for ways to identify savings to drive down the cost for taxpayers.

The budget process continues next week with the first in a series of House Appropriations Committee hearings to delve into the details of the governor’s plan. For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings, visit pahousegop.com.
                                                         
 
FBLA Week In PA


 

Members of the Pleasant Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) joined me this week in the state House in Harrisburg as we approved a resolution marking this "FBLA Week" in Pennsylvania.
                                     
 
Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program

 
As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.
 
 
Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors


House Republicans are continuing their commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of seniors and patients with chronic conditions by making it easier to adhere to their medication schedules.

This week lawmakers passed House Bill 195, which ensures patients can synchronize their medications in order to receive refills on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

This commonsense legislation would put Pennsylvania in line with Medicaid Part D, the PACE Program, and 35 other states that allow medication synchronization.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
 
 
Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available

Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

About 53 percent of the trout are stocked prior to opening day, 43 percent are stocked between opening day and the end of May, and the remaining 4 percent are stocked from October through February of the following year.

Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for Pennsylvania’s southeastern counties. The rest of the state will open on Saturday, April 13.

Copies of the trout stocking schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online at PFBC website or the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.
 
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