Feb. 03, 2017

 
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District of Character Word of the Month:
Charity

“A voluntary act of giving help; giving assistance to those in need.”
Learn more here
 
 
House Readies for 2017-18 Budget Address

 
The House and Senate will convene in a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the third year of his administration.

In a preview of his address, Wolf has pledged not to ask for an increase in the state’s sales or income taxes. He is also seeking to consolidate four state agencies – the departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs – into one Department of Health and Human Services.

My colleagues and I will be looking to study the details of such a proposal, along with other ways the state can save taxpayer money and fund core functions of government in the most efficient ways possible.

For the past several years, the House has been able to meet budgetary needs while not relying on increases in broad-based taxes. To watch the governor’s address live, log onto pahousegop.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. The address is expected to begin closer to noon.
 
 
Recognizing Middle Smithfield Township’s Person of the Year

On Jan. 26, I attended a meeting at the Middle Smithfield Township Municipal Building. I am pictured (from left) with Sen. Mario Scavello, Middle Smithfield Township Person of the Year Kate Newman and April Niver from Congressman Matthew Cartwright’s office. Kate is a dedicated volunteer who has given countless hours to Bushkill Outreach, a food pantry and clothing closet in the Poconos, over the last 17 years, and I join so many in being thankful for her work. Al Comply Jr., of Operation Chillout, and Andy Zaso, who helps with many community meals and Mady’s Kitchen, were finalists for the Person of the Year Award, and were also honored at this meeting for their tremendous dedication and spirit of giving. Congratulations and thank you for caring for our community.

The township supervisors also made their annual presentation previewing the upcoming year. Residents were able to see what the township plans to accomplish for residents in 2017. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the presentation online, by clicking here
 
 
East Stroudsburg South High School Students Visit the UN

Jan. 27 was the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance, and 50 students from East Stroudsburg South High School were led to a visit to the UN by AP U.S. Government teacher Michael Healey on that day. The students heard from the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Noah Klieger, an Auschwitz work camp survivor. These students were the only high school group in the world invited to attend, among this global audience on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Work Camp. Once again, Mr. Healey leads his class to tremendous outside-the-classroom education.
 
 
Monroe CARE Meeting Focused on Property Taxes

On Thursday, Jan. 26, I joined Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Jack Rader in a discussion by Monroe Citizens Against Regulatory Excess (CARE). The discussion centered on Property Tax reform and elimination. To learn more about the group, visit here.
 
 
Muehlhan Honored with Legacy Award

On Saturday, Jan. 21, I attended the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors (PMAR) installation of officers and Past Presidents’ Winter Gala. Jack Muehlhan, pictured on the right, was honored with the 2017 Legacy Award for 50 years in the real estate business. Jack is also a PMAR past president. Kevin Sullivan of Smithfield Township and PMAR Director John Rutkowsky Jr. are pictured with me, (top left). I am pictured (bottom left) with PMAR Associate Executive Nicole Murray, 2017 PAR President Kathy McQuilkin, and 2017 PMAR President Paulette Smith.
  
 
Staying in touch with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resounces (DCNR)

On February 2, I along with Rep. Mike Peifer attended a meeting with DCNR staff to update us on all that will be happening in the Delaware State Forrest District during 2017. I am pictured above, from left, with Tim Dugan, District Forester, Matt Keefer, Assistant State Forester and Rep. Mike Peifer. To keep up to date on everything that is happening in the Delaware State Forest and it’s recreation opportunities please visit their facebook page.
 
 
2017 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. To view the list, simply go to fishandboat.com, click on the link “Fish” in the upper right corner, then select Trout Stocking Schedules. From there, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.” For anglers with smartphones, an even easier way to view the schedules is through the FishBoatPA app, which is available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
 
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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