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2017-2018 Pennsylvania State Budget Hearings Come to a Close in the Senate
The Appropriations Committees in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate finished up their Budget Hearing process for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This week I was able to hear testimony from DCED, Department of Revenue and Lottery, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Environmental Protection, and Budget Secretary of Administration/ Governor’s Executive Office.
In my first round of budget hearings as a newly appointed member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I was able to ask questions of the many testifiers, and bring up some of the concerns of the proposed budget on behalf of my constituents. Now the General Assembly must work together to pass a smart and good budget that will benefit all Pennsylvania’s, before our June 30th deadline, which is required by the State Constitution.
I am so pleased to have been a part of this year’s budget hearings and I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and Senate as we work towards passing a budget to put on the Governor’s desk. You can find video and summaries of each hearing here:
Morton Street to Close Next Week for Drainage Improvement in Lower Chichester
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced Morton Street will be closed and detoured between Green Street and Route 452 (Market Street) in Lower Chichester Township, Delaware County, on Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM for drainage work.
PennDOT’s contractor will work to replace the structurally-deficient, 17-span reinforced concrete T-beam bridge with a new four-span, continuous prestressed box beam bridge. The new bridge will be 343 feet long and 40 feet wide and will be built on a new alignment and widened to meet current design standards. Crews will also resurface and regrade new approaches to the bridge. Route 452 (Market Street) will remain open during construction except for two 28-day closures during later stages of construction. The project is scheduled to finish in September 2019.I will continue to provide updates on the project as soon as they are made available.
Creek Road Lane Restrictions Scheduled Next Week for Drainage Improvements in Birmingham Township
On Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for drainage improvements to replace the structurally-deficient Route 926 (Street Road) bridge over the Brandywine Creek in Birmingham and Pocopson townships.
Separate detours are in use during construction for the closures of Route 926 (Street Road) and Creek Road. Motorists using Route 926 (Street Road) will be detoured over U.S. 202, U.S. 1, and Route 52 (Lenape Road). Creek Road will close in June 2017 and motorists will be detoured over U.S. 1 and Route 52 (Lenape Road).
Reminder: Get Ready to Spring Forward This Saturday
Daylight savings begins this Sunday at 2 a.m. Make sure to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night.
Experience Pennsylvania’s History through State Parks this Spring
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources encourages you to experience Pennsylvania’s history through our state parks this spring.
Beginning in 1893, with one exceptionally notable site -- Valley Forge -- Pennsylvania laid the ground work for reforestation, conservation, and commemorating key historic events. The parks system’s focus on historic preservation expanded to ensuring every Pennsylvania could access a state park within 25 miles of home. From 45 state parks and 5 historical parks in 1955, the system grew to 87 state parks by 1970.
Today, Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s largest state park systems with 120 outdoor recreational areas and over 291,700 acres of property. Facilities and resources include over 7,000 family campsites, 286 cabins, nearly 30,000 picnic tables, 56 major recreational lakes, 10 marinas, 61 beaches for swimming, 17 swimming pools, over 1,000 miles of trails and much more.
Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive