Feb. 23, 2017

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The latest news from PA State Representative Rosemary Brown

District of Character Word of the Month:

“A voluntary act of giving help; giving assistance to those in need.”
Learn more here.  
Black History Month
Did You Know?
Harriet Tubman is known as the “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. As a slave in Maryland, she escaped to the North leaving her husband and family behind. Despite a large bounty on her, she returned to the South at least 19 times to lead hundreds of slaves, including her family, to freedom. Due to her faith in God and her determination to help people, she gained the nickname “Moses,” after the Biblical prophet who led the Israelis out of slavery and to the Promised Land.
Source: history.com
Budget Hearings Commence

Members of the House Appropriations Committee were briefed Tuesday on the state’s financial status during the first week of budget hearings. The Independent Fiscal Office, a non-partisan state agency, confirmed an anticipated shortfall of at least $2.5 billion by July 1, 2018, reflective of sluggish economic growth, rising health care and pension costs, and an aging workforce. That shortfall can be reduced by substantive changes in public policy.

Next week’s hearings will include appearances by the majority of state departments, along with the judiciary, Public Utility Commission, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and the PA Liquor Control Board. To view the schedule or archived video of the hearings, click here
Examining EMS Councils, Community College Training Bills

My colleagues and I on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee were part of meetings this week to discuss further efforts to efficiently deliver emergency medical services, improve fire and EMS training, and meet veterans’ needs.

Tuesday’s meeting involved a discussion of the consolidation plan for the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council System, which is overseen by Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of EMS. On Wednesday, the committee was updated on the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and discussed the fire/emergency medical services training available through community colleges. To watch those hearings, click here
Wall of Honor

My staff and I have created a “Wall of Honor” in our district office in East Stroudsburg. Although his wall is starting small, we are hoping it will expand quickly. I am asking veterans, and their family members, to drop off photos, (no larger than 4x6 please), of our servicemen and servicewomen (past and present), in their uniforms. We will print a label to post with the photo, including the veteran’s name, rank, branch and hometown. We welcome you to dropoff photos anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to call our office at 570-420-8301 with any questions. We are proud of our dedicated men and women in uniform, and we want to recognize, remember and HONOR them. The Wall of Honor will serve as a reminder for all those who visit our office. Once again, thank you to all our veterans for their (and their families’) service and sacrifice.
Keep PA Beautiful!

As part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, registration is now open to organizations that wish to organize a wide range of beautification projects. Registered cleanup events can get free trash bags, gloves and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, while supplies last. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events.

In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring “Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday” from April 18 through May 8. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced-cost disposal with prior approval. The 2017 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs from March 1 to May 31. Last year’s campaign included 6,118 events in all 67 counties with 158,821 volunteers. To register an event, click 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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Office Locations
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
TTY: 855-282-0614