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Killion: Senate Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget with Key Funds for Local Institutions
Today the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2017-18 state budget. House Bill 218 provides for a state budget of $32 billion which represents a 0.2% increase over the previous year and contains investments in key budget area like basic education, Pre-K education programs, and special education.
The state spending plan passed the Senate with a vote of 43-7. The final budget was a result of bi-partisan negotiations between the Senate, House, and Governor.
The FY 2017-18 budget strikes a balance between supporting state priorities like education and healthcare while still dealing with significant fiscal challenges like meeting staggering state pension obligations. I am also glad to have worked to ensure the budget continues to support key local priorities and institution in our region.
The FY 2017-18 contains a $100 million increase for basic education funding, a $25 million increase for special education funding, and restores $30 million for the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Activities which supports the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. The budget also restores critical healthcare funding important to area with the inclusion of $8.6 million for Trauma Centers and $3.7 million for Burn Centers. This spending plan also continues to provide critical funding to Counties to help them serve as a partner with the state in their administration of judicial, human service, and criminal justice programs.
This spending plan goes to great lengths to set clear priorities by supporting strategic investments in education, healthcare, and public safety while also being responsible to the taxpayers by ensuring the increase in spending was well below the rate of inflation.
Killion DNA Bill to Fight Crime, Passes Unanimously out of Senate
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 my prime sponsored legislation Senate Bill 461 was unanimously approved by the Senate on third consideration. This legislation will modernize and strengthen the use of DNA technology to better fight violent crime in Pennsylvania.
This bill will increase the crimes for which those convicted of these crimes will have their DNA samples taken. SB 461 will produce leads in thousands of previously unsolved crimes and bring closure to crime victims and their families; and help prevent conviction of innocent people.
This approach has been proven to work in other states. For example, New York State is successfully collecting these kinds of DNA samples, post-conviction, leads to catching violent criminals, including rapists. This legislation will make dramatic improvements in how Pennsylvania uses DNA technology to fight crime, to get violent criminals off our streets, and to make our communities safer.
Route 322 Update
U.S. 322 Daytime and Nighttime Restrictions Scheduled for Improvement Project in Concord Township
Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township
On Wednesday, July 5, through Friday, July 7, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and Thursday, July 6, and Friday, July 7, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.
Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the departmentís Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
Marcus Hook Community Anniversary Day
This past weekend I presented a Senate Citation to Marcus Hook Borough commemorating the 125th year anniversary of the 1892 incorporation of Marcus Hook as an independent borough.
Fireworks send nearly 12,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year, and start an average of 18,500 fires across the U.S. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter of the estimated 11,900 injuries in 2015. You can share these safety tips for a fun, safe July 4th celebration.http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/fireworks
New Pennsylvania Driver License Design
The PA Department of Transportation is phasing in a new driver license design over the next four-year renewal cycle. Changes include a larger photo, a 2D barcode and a laser perforation.
The design aims to prevent fraud and counterfeiting. The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. PennDOT expects REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards to be available at customerís option in 2019. http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/New-Driver-License-Design.aspx
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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 offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St