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Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing schedule
As a continuation of our bipartisan statewide efforts to eliminate school property taxes and blight in our communities, here is the Senate Majority Policy Committee’s upcoming hearing schedule:
These discussions provide a good opportunity for all of us to review many different alternatives to tackle these difficult issues and to ask local people for their input and suggestions.
Controlling spending in Pennsylvania
It is not a secret that Pennsylvania is currently experiencing a cash flow crisis. As indicated in the table and chart below, the primary cost drivers over the last 7 years has been on spending for mandated programs in the areas of human services, pensions and corrections. Over the course of that same time period, all spending in other areas has decreased by almost $300 million.
Those of you who know me have heard me discuss the difference between “smart cuts” and “dumb cuts.” Here’s one example of “smart cuts:” The Senate has reduced the number of its own employees by 101 or 11.3 percent since June 2011, including cuts to my own staff and the size of our district offices.
Overall, the total number of state employees has decreased by 2200 during this period.
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine receives headframe for site
As part of funding received from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine was able to restore a 35-foot headframe that was once placed at Bowman’s shaft at North Mahanoy Colliery.
Since its establishment, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, which is located in Ashland, has been dedicated to preserving the rich history of the anthracite coal industry in northeastern PA. Pioneer Tunnel provides citizens with the opportunity to learn more about anthracite coal and witness firsthand what it feels like to be in a coal mine through its guided tours.
A special thank you goes out to all those involved in this project for their hard work and commitment to sharing the significance of anthracite mining in our state!
For more information about Pioneer Tunnel, please click here. If you haven’t visited this site lately, it’s well worth the trip!
E-ZPass signals removed at tollbooths
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is reminding motorists that since the feedback signals are being removed at tollbooths, it is important to check your account frequently.
In order to avoid any E-ZPass issues, make sure your account is up-to-date with the following information: address, license plate and payment information.
For more information about E-ZPass, click here.
Marking history for today and tomorrow
For many years, Pennsylvania has been recognizing and preserving its rich history through more than 2,000 of those blue and gold roadside markers. The program, administered by the PA Historical and Museum and Commission, accepts nominations in remembrance of the people, places, events, and innovations that are uniquely Pennsylvanian.
Locate those local jewels connecting us to our past. From leaders like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, to sports like baseball and basketball and industrialization supported by coal, oil, and gas; Pennsylvania’s history is etched across impressive markers strategically located across the Commonwealth. Consult the Fall 2014 issue of the Pennsylvania Heritage magazine article, entitled “A Century of Marking History: 100 Years of the PA Historical Marker Program.”
Recognizing public servants in our communities
The strength and vitality of our communities relies heavily on the people who reside there. In an effort to highlight the contributions from residents in our communities, I am asking for submissions from residents in the 29th Senate district in Berks and Schuylkill Counties nominating an individual or individuals in their communities who have made a positive impact on their fellow neighbors. There is no act of kindness that is too small or too big.
When submitting your nominations, please provide the following information:
Each week in my e-newsletter, I will feature an individual who has been nominated for their public service.
Please email your submissions to: email@example.com. I look forward to reading about your friends and neighbors who are improving our local communities every day!