In this update:
Senate Appropriations Committee to kick-off state budget process next week
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will have a front-row seat with the heads of state agencies and departments to ask questions important to you – the residents of the 28th Senatorial District.
The state budget hearings are the first step in reviewing the governor’s state budget proposal, which he outlined on February 5. (You can watch my reaction to that here.)
I am grateful to serve as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that plays a key role in the state budgeting process. The committee’s state budget hearings will start on Tuesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. with the Department of Revenue.
You can watch the hearings live on my Facebook Page and on my website.
York County honors five officers for aggressive driving enforcement efforts
On Wednesday, I joined PennDOT officials and the Center for Traffic Safety in York to recognize five officers, who work for various police departments in York County, for their efforts to reduce aggressive driving.
We recognized Patrolman Mark Jackson, Lower Windsor Township; Patrolman Tomas O’Brien, Spring Garden Township; Patrolman Daniel Klinedinst, Springettsbury Township; Officer Brad Craig, West Manchester Township; and Officer Darius Mitchell, York Area Regional for their tireless efforts.
Below is a photo of me congratulating Lower Windsor Township Police Officer Mark Jackson. The photo was taken by John A. Pavoncello of the York Dispatch.
You can view a photo gallery from the York Dispatch here.
Trout stocking schedule now available
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently released the adult trout stocking schedule for 2019.
Anglers are able to find the trout stocking schedule on the “FishBoatPA” mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as well as on the Commission’s website here.
The Commission plans to stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in over 700 streams and over 120 lakes open to the public.
If you need any additional information or would like a copy of the schedule, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Richard Pokrivka of Troop 48 (Glen Rock) earns Eagle
Congratulations to Richard Pokrivka of Troop 48 in Glen Rock on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout last Sunday! It was an honor for Representative Seth Grove and me to join his family, friends, and fellow scouts to celebrate his significant achievement!
Richard, the son of Martin and Jill Pokrivka, constructed beautiful hand-made computer desks for St. Rose of Lima School York/Thomasville. Well done, Rick!
Mt. Rose Interchange project under more scrutiny
Based on your feedback, concerns and frustrations, I have been participating in several meetings to get answers on the Mt. Rose Interchange project/debacle. The contractor is now being fined nearly $6,000 a day for each day the work remains unfinished.
The lack of progress on the Exit 18 Mt. Rose Interchange project has been and continues to be a constant source of frustration for every driver and passenger who travels through the area.
We, as taxpayers, shouldn’t have to pay more money because the contractor didn’t do what they were supposed to do, when they were supposed to do it.
The residents of York County have construction fatigue – I will continue to demand answers and accountability that this project gets completed while respecting your hard-earned tax dollars.
You can watch my interview with Aimee Lewis of ABC27 here.
Touring economic development projects throughout the 28th Senatorial District
On Tuesday, I joined Kevin Schreiber, Silas Chamberlain and David Gonzalez of the York County Economic Alliance to tour several economic development projects throughout the 28th Senatorial District projects as well as meet with leaders at York College.
I always appreciate the opportunity to see exciting new projects in the works that will benefit our entire community.
Earlier today, I met with leaders of MKT Metal Manufacturing for a tour of their facility. MKT manufactures sheet metal to create HVAC ductwork and other accessories. I appreciate hearing directly from employers and their employees as to how we can create a better environment to grow jobs here in York County as well as allowing employees to keep more of their hard-earned money in their wallet rather than paying more in taxes.
You can view more photos of the tours on Instagram.
York County Court Appointed Special Advocates seeking volunteers
On February 22 from 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., York County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session in the Jury Assembly Room at the York County Judicial Center.
According to CASA, there are more than 300 York County children in foster care or out-of-home placement. These children have been abused, neglected and experienced trauma. CASA is in need of individuals to serve as advocates for these children.
All potential volunteers go through an application and screening process. Interested individuals are carefully selected for intensive training. CASA volunteers meet with the child and individuals involved to better assess and accommodate for the child’s needs.
As a neutral party, the CASA volunteer is able to facilitate collaborative relationships to ensure each child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and have the best possible outcome.
The next training will begin on March 19, with applications due March 5. For more information, please visit CASA’s website at yorkcountycasa.org, call 717-771-9754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret E. Moul Home meeting
I met with representatives from the Margaret E. Moul Home, which provides services for adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular impairments here in York County on Valentine’s Day.
We discussed legislation that would address the potential deep cuts to reimbursement rates for the four rehabilitation facilities including the Moul Home.
Thank you to the hard-working individuals at the Home for helping to improve the lives of many York Countians.
Thank you, Facebook Page subscribers!
Last week, my Senate Facebook Page crossed an important milestone with more than 2,000 individuals “liking” my page. It is very humbling and encouraging. I use social media on a regular basis to communicate with you about issues important to our region.
If you are interested in following me on any social media sites to receive daily updates on Senate happenings, both in York County as well as at your state Capitol, please follow me on the various platforms. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
In the coming days, I will be launching a new initiative to better connect with you to keep you better informed on issues impacting your state government. I look forward to sharing more details with you in my email update next week.
Senate office will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day
Please be advised that on Monday, February 18, my Senate office will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 19, at 9 a.m.
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