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Senate Back in Session This Week; Budget Negotiations Continue
Last week, the Senate voted to non-concur in House amendments to HB 453, which relies heavily on transferring funds from a number of state programs. I am not opposed to the idea of fund transfers, but we need to ensure that moving the money does not hurt programs and services across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties.
While some of the transfers in the $630 million proposal are acceptable, unfortunately some may not be legal based on research done by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Still, others would hurt crucial services and are not in the best interests of the 23rd District.
Specifically, the plan would eliminate monies for projects that have been awarded to municipalities in our region. Also, many other projects aimed at economic growth would be in jeopardy.
As amended in the House, this proposal would undo the substantial progress that has been made in acid mine drainage remediation by stripping away needed funding. In addition, the proposal would significantly cut money going to the Growing Greener Program which will hurt many of our farmers.
While I could not agree to accept the House amendments as is, I am committed to continuing the conversation so that we can pass a fiscally responsible budget.
Resolution Condemns National Football League for Anti-American Demonstrations
I have joined many of my fellow state senators in signing on to a Resolution condemning the anti-American demonstrations witnessed last weekend by many NFL teams.
What we witnessed throughout the NFL was not an innocuous political demonstration. It was not a harmless exercise of First Amendment rights. It was a deliberate, orchestrated effort to disrespect the anthem and flag of the United States of America.
My remarks to Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney (in response to his open letter to “Steelers Nation”):
“Let me preface my remarks by saying I am a veteran of the United States Army. I have always had the utmost respect for the Rooney family and what they have accomplished. Unfortunately, this issue is where we part company. As a military veteran, I take the action of the Steelers as a personal insult. To stay in the locker room/tunnel and not support your country is just a despicable act. Frankly, these 20 something millionaires who make up the team have little, if any, understanding of what sacrifices have been made to give them the right to protest. My question is what have they done for their country? The answer is damn little, but their country has done great things for them. Do they appreciate or understand that concept? It is doubtful but the owners certainly know and, in my opinion, have an obligation to address the ignorance exhibited at by these people.”
Hunger Action Month Resolution Introduced
I joined other Resolution co-sponsors recognizing September as Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger.
Phillies, Mets to Play in Second “MLB Little League Classic” in Williamsport
Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Little League International jointly announced that the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets will play in the second “MLB Little League Classic” in Williamsport during the 2018 MLB Championship Season. The special Regular Season contest will take place on Sunday, August 19th, with the game airing nationally that evening on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
The 2017 MLB Little League Classic was a unique event that defined all that is good about sports, about mentorship and about our young people. I applaud MLB and the MLBPA for their support and welcome them back to Williamsport for an even better 2018 Classic.
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October Satellite Hours and Locations
As a means to better serve area residents through increased outreach efforts, the below hours and locations have been added to provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of my staff.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Satellite Office hours provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the senator’s staff to address state-related problems they may be encountering. A staff member will be able to offer assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.
Constituent services are always available at Senator Yaw’s Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.
SEDA-COG Executive Director Retires
Arnie Kriner of my staff congratulates SEDA-COG Executive Director Dennis Robinson on his retirement after last week’s board meeting. Dennis has led SEDA-Council of Governments' 11-county public-private partnership since 1973. Under his leadership at SEDA-COG and partnerships with federal, state and local funding agencies, the area has seen $670 million worth of business export sales, 93,000 documented jobs created or supported and more than 1,000 public infrastructure and community facility projects.
Congratulations Dennis, and thank you for your service to our region! I wish you all the best in your retirement.
Third Annual Recovery Advocacy Day a Success
In recognition of National Recovery Month, nearly 300 members of Pennsylvania’s recovery community took to the Capitol on September 26th to celebrate the third annual Recovery Advocacy Day.
The focus of the event was to raise awareness of substance use conditions, celebrate individuals in recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
Participants spent the late morning and early afternoon meeting with their elected officials to share their story and convey a message of hope that people can and do recover. In addition, more than a dozen recovery organizations were on hand to provide information on recovery to the general public.
Free Mammograms Offered at Health Fair
The 32nd Sullivan County Health Fair is being held on Saturday, October 28th, from 7AM to noon. One of the services being provided that day are free mammograms offered by Maternal and Family Health Services through the Healthy Woman Program.
To qualify for a free mammogram on October 28, you must meet the following qualifications:
Pre-registration is required. Please call 570-772-1697 or email email@example.com to register or request additional eligibility information.
PPL Hosting Diversity Meet and Greet
PPL is hosting a Diversity Meet and Greet event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, to give diversity-owned businesses an opportunity to find out more about the company and its opportunities for suppliers. They also will be able to meet and speak to PPL leaders and the staff that work with suppliers.
The free event, which includes lunch, will be held at PPL Conference Center at Walbert, 1639 Church Road, Allentown, PA 18104-9342. It is open to female, minority, veteran, disabled and LGBT business owners, as well as businesses that are disadvantaged and/or located in an HUBZone.
Attendees should register by Oct. 27, 2017 by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/M3Q6RDX.