Oct. 20, 2017

Sponsoring an Anti-Fraud Seminar for Nonprofits Oct. 26

I am pleased to join Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt in hosting an anti-fraud seminar for nonprofit organizations on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Williamsport Trade and Transit Centre, 100 W. Third St., Williamsport.

The theme of the seminar is “Preventing Theft in Your Nonprofit Organization.” and will feature Dr. Fred Croop, Professor of Business and Accounting at Misericordia University. Dr. Croop developed the Internal Controls and Federal Tax Exemption Basics for All Volunteer Organizations Resource Manual, as well as the Financial Management and Internal Controls Guide for Volunteer Emergency Services Organizations. Soon, all volunteer organizations will be required to follow the guide in order to be eligible for grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information contact Misericordia University at 570-674-6372.
Concealed Carry Seminar Coming Nov. 2

Rep. Garth Everett and I will host another one of our popular Concealed Carry Seminars on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., at the Trout Run Fire Company, 241 State Route 14, Trout Run.

Presenters will include Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhardt, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; a police officer will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission will discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Those interested in attending should contact my district office by calling (570) 321-1270 or emailing Kristi Marshall at kmarshall@pahousegop.com.
House Passes Revenue Plan to Help Close Out Budget

In seeking to close out the 2017-18 state budget process, the House this week voted on part of a revenue package to finish funding the 2016-17 fiscal year and maintain operations for the current fiscal year.

House Bill 542 would raise the bulk of revenue needed to close the budget gap by securitizing the Tobacco Settlement Fund, ensuring third-party online sellers remit the sales tax and applying the sales tax to fireworks. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Additional measures still need to be passed on gaming reforms and reinvesting excessive balances from dormant state funds, and the fiscal code bill to finalize the budget package.

House Republicans have been focused on standing up for taxpayers, first by successfully passing a spending plan that spent much less than the governor proposed, and now by approving a revenue plan without any broad-based taxes to further burden individuals, families and employers.
Governor Wolf Vetoes Welfare Reform Bill


This week, dozens of House members urged Gov. Tom Wolf to sign House Bill 59, the Human Services code part of the 2017-18 state budget package.

Sadly, the governor has vetoed this legislation, marking a setback in reform efforts for Pennsylvania’s welfare and Medicaid programs.

The measure was designed to contain escalating costs for the state’s Medical Assistance (MA) program by starting a process to implement work or work-search requirements for able-bodied individuals receiving MA benefits.

Work requirements are already in place for food stamp and cash assistance programs. Those requirements would not have applied to those who have a qualifying disability, are pregnant or are elderly. The federal government would have to approve such requirements.
Improving Education at All Levels

As part of the Public School Code portion of the 2017-18 budget package, the House passed several important initiatives designed to enhance curriculum and improve the educational process.

Changes to overall kindergarten through 12th-grade education include delaying the implementation of the Keystone Exam as a graduation requirement until the 2019-20 school year; prohibiting “lunch shaming” to ensure all students have access to school lunches; adding opioid abuse and prevention education to drug and alcohol abuse curriculum and enhancing agriculture education offerings; and increasing the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) by $10 million to $135 million.

To help with public school administration, changes are also being sought to require training for new members of a school’s governing body and to allow a school to furlough teachers for economic reasons and basing those decisions on performance, rather than seniority.

The legislation now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.
Road Maintenance Info Available Online 

To make your travels easier, the weekly road maintenance schedule is available at the PennDOT Regional Office website here. For statewide information, visit 511pa.com.