State Budget Spending Plan Now on Governor’s Desk
7/7/2017
 
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District of Character
The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 189th District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily. Click here to learn more.
July’s word of the month is “Wisdom.”
“Having experience, knowledge and good judgement; the quality of being informed; wise.”
 

This Weekend is Shawnee Riverfest
This Sunday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware


Shawnee Riverfest is a FREE eight-hour musical festival featuring international, national and local acts coming together to support our community. This family-friendly event will feature food vendors, bounce houses, auction items, art contest and much more. Proceeds from this year’s Riverfest will benefit Pocono Alliance. Hope to see you there!
 

State Budget Spending Plan Now on Governor’s Desk
With strong bipartisan support, the House sent to the governor a $32 billion budget that invests in key areas while also starting the process to reinvent state government. The spending plan is a unified product of compromise between the state House, Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf, which includes no broad-based state tax increases and consolidates state government while still funding essential state services.

As legislators, generating and shepherding future success and prosperity for our state is one of our most important tasks. The budget process is never easy, but this plan puts Pennsylvania on the path toward a more sustainable future by consolidating a few state agencies and changing pieces of how our state government operates. I am pleased that the bipartisan spending plan we voted is based on the original budget the House passed in April.

The state budget, now approved by the House and Senate, spends $32 billion. It continues to support initiatives important to the 189th District, which include making record investments in education, funding economic development and job training programs, and combatting the state’s opioid and heroin crisis, all beneath the rate of inflation.

Of particular note, nearly 40 percent of the General Fund, $11.8 billion, is directed toward prekindergarten through 12th-grade education, including $100 million more for basic education, a restoration of funding for pupil transportation, $30 million more for early childhood education, another $25 million for special education, and a 2 percent increase for the State System of Higher Education.

Additional legislation is forthcoming to finalize the entire 2017-18 budget package. The budget bill has been sent to the governor for his signature.
 

Mark Your Calendar
Monroe County Senior Expo                       

Monday, July 17, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pocono Mountain Swiftwater Elementary Center
135 Academic Drive, Swiftwater, PA 18370


I am co-hosting this annual event with Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Jack Rader. This event promises something for everyone – FREE admission, door prizes, health screenings, educational seminars and refreshments, too! Exhibitors from government agencies and senior citizen organizations will be on hand. Hope to see you there!
 

Veterans Assistance Hours
Veterans Assistance Hours will be available on Thursday, July 13, and on the second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at my district office in East Stroudsburg. Services to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension, death, education and health care benefits, and more. To make an appointment with a department service officer with the American Legion, call my office at 570-420-8301.
 

Visiting Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
On Wednesday, at the request of constituent Richard Rogers, I visited the team at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Hospital - Monroe Campus. Richard was so thrilled with the care he received from the team that he asked me to accompany him as he thanked the staff. Richard has a lifelong passion for baking and made several different cakes for the staff, including the delicious cheesecake he is holding.
I’m pictured here with Richard (seated) his wife, Patricia; St. Luke’s Hospital - Monroe Campus President Don Seiple; and the entire Good Shepherd staff. Thank you Good Shepherd for providing excellent care for residents of the Pocono Mountains.
 

Protecting Children, Pets from Dangers of Hot Cars
Legislation is now before the state House that seeks to protect children and pets that are left inside dangerously hot vehicles. House Bill 1152 would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. The immunity only would apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances, has a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger and makes an effort to notify law enforcement.

House Bill 1216 is similar in that it would provide civil immunity to police officers, humane society police officers and firefighters for property damage resulting from forcibly entering a vehicle to rescue an animal in imminent danger of suffering harm.
  

Take a Road Trip in PA
Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office has compiled a list of customized road trips for a wide variety of interests and locations. Available at VisitPa.com/pa-road-trips, the road trips are designed in each of the state’s 11 unique tourism regions, complete with off-the-beaten path stops and only-in-Pennsylvania attractions.

Road trips are designed around nature, religious and spiritual destinations, kid-specific sites, historical attractions, photographic gems, shopping, keystone countryside, small-town charm, arts and culture, ghost rides, sporting events and culinary delights. Traveler spending generated an estimated $71.6 billion in total economic activity and supported nearly 500,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, according to a 2015 report from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
 

Antlerless Deer Licenses Available Starting Monday
 
Just a reminder this Monday, July 10, is the first day antlerless deer licenses become available to Pennsylvania residents. Nonresident licenses will be available the following week, starting Monday, July 17. Any unsold licenses will be available Monday, Aug. 7. You can track the availability of antlerless licenses in each Wildlife Management Unit by clicking here.
 
Just a reminder: If you are encountering an issue with state government, please feel free to contact my district office. We are here to help you with the following services:      
 
 - Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. 
 - Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons).                         
 - PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.                         
 - State Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Work.
 - Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.                         
 - State tax forms.                         
 - Student aid applications.                         
 - Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides.                         
 - Copies of legislation and tours of the State Capitol.                         
 - Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters. 
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143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 | Phone: (570) 420-8301
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
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