May. 07, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup
 #Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

                                Good Fiscal News

State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year.

As the House Appropriations Committee chairman, I participated in a Capitol press conference of House and Senate Republicans to stress my intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves for the next “rainy day” to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown. While government can help put pro-growth policies in place, it is freedom of the citizens working within our free-market system that creates personal wealth and tax receipts.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of conservative, prudent budgeting and sound economic policies at the state and federal levels was well standing firm against excessive taxes and spending proposed by the governor over the last several years.

Watch my press conference remarks here, the clip runs a bit over two minutes.

Volunteers Needed for Second Phase of Otter Creek Cleanup: May 6 – May 11
Chanceford Township is again seeking volunteers to help with the second round of the massive cleanup effort along Otter Creek. Trash and hazardous debris, including tires, furniture, wood, and plastics litter need to be removed from both sides of Otter Creek. The first effort started at Mill Road and got as far as Lucky Road Bridge.
The second phase of the cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 6, and begin at the intersection of Markle and Pickle roads. The effort will continue each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday, May 11.

Sign up at the township office, 33 Muddy Creek Forks Road, in Brogue. Or by calling the office at 717-927-6401. You can also send an email to

                                 Pathway to Hope

I was invited to speak to members of the Salvation Army who visited the Capitol to educate legislators on their Pathway of Hope program, an innovation in helping end poverty. We know what a struggle it is for families to lift themselves out of poverty. The Pathway of Hope is not a handout, it is a hand up. It gives families who want to improve their circumstances access to resources such as job search services, health, housing, childcare, education and legal services.

With state government and non-profits working together we can make real strides in combating poverty through a new and fresh approach. I have always been a strong supporter of the Salvation Army and I commend the leadership of the Salvation Army of York and the Salvation of Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware for their advocacy on this initiative. I believe the Pathway to Hope will truly help many families throughout York County.

Education in York County
I had a meeting in my Capitol office to discuss education needs with local York County school board members. From the left, Central York School District’s Erik Wolfgang, York Suburban School District’s Richard Robinson, Superintendent Dr. Timothy Williams, and Joel Sears.

Financial Issues
Representatives of Pennsylvania’s financial institutions came to speak with me at my Capitol office: Tom Minichello, Kish Bank and Ron Cekovich of F&M Trust; Dan Reisteter of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association; Alex Brame, BB&T; Charles Wurster, York Traditions; and Luke Bernstein, Orrstown Bank.

Reclaiming Freedom from the Administrative State
As anyone who runs a business or tried to start one knows, state agencies wield incredible power over businesses, and ordinary citizens for that matter, because of the deference courts and the system in general give to regulators. This has led to vast volumes of regulation that make life even more difficult for small business owners who struggle to ensure compliance.

Large corporations are staffed with legal teams or other compliance officers, the costs of which are passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. Small business, on the other hand, struggle to stay alive complying with the morass of bureaucratic red tape, and that is a big reason many of them fail.

That is why this week I voted to pass House Bill 762, which would require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer to facilitate better understanding of new and existing regulations and boost compliance rates among affected businesses.

I also voted to pass House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis. Also, Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years.

Last year, a $500,000 grant was provided to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to allow all Pennsylvania residents to have ticks (found on them or a family member) tested for free by the university. The Tick Lab is located within the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU. Click here to access the Tick Lab website with all the details.

For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here.
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