In this update:
Honoring the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom
On Memorial Day, we gather together as a nation to honor and mourn all of the Americans who laid down their lives in service to our country. We remember those who gave their lives so that we all can live freely, and we do so reverently, with great humility and thankfulness.
While we grieve their loss, we must celebrate the most important thing that their loss has given us – freedom. We do our part to honor this sacrifice by coming together to remember their lives, and to celebrate the strength of the human spirit.
I urge all community residents to pause on Monday in reverence for all of the heroes who richly deserve our deepest respect and admiration.
I look forward to joining local residents at the many events planned throughout York County on Monday to pay respects and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Fish-for-Free Day available this weekend
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host two Fish-for-Free Days this year in order to allow anyone to legally fish on our waterways without a fishing license. The first Fish-for-Free Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 – the day before Memorial Day. (The next Fish-for-Free Day is Thursday, July 4)
All other normal fishing regulations still apply. More information is available here.
Join me for a conversation on May 30 @ 6 p.m.
On Thursday, May 30, I am hosting my first telephone town hall as your state senator. If you would like to participate, please sign up here.
You will receive a call around 6 p.m. asking you to join the call. This event will allow you the opportunity to ask me the important state-related questions affecting you and your neighbors.
As always, you do not need to participate in the event to ask me questions as you can always email me or submit a question here.
The event will also feature several questions on topics ranging from school property tax elimination to changes to our state budgeting process. I hope you can join me for this event.
Free Revs tickets tomorrow night for veterans during SALUTE TO VETERANS event
The annual SALUTE TO VETERANS event is tomorrow, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. The program features free tickets and food for veterans along with reduced prices for family members at the York Revolution’s game tomorrow night.
There will be a pregame Veterans Salute as well as fireworks after the game.
Find out more about this fun evening honoring those who served here.
Examining educational opportunities leading to cutting-edge jobs in Pennsylvania
At the invitation of my colleague, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), I toured the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport on Thursday.
The tour was conducted by President Davie Gilmour, who showed us the nursing and plastics engineering departments. The tour featured the state-of-the-art technology they use to train students using the latest equipment and procedures. Their dental hygiene department also provides local residents with a low-cost option for dental care. Their plastics department has a 100 percent job placement rate, with most students receiving job offers before graduation.
We saw the manufacturing process used to make water bottles, soda bottles and many of the containers you see in your grocery store’s produce section.
You can watch my quick recap of my event below.
An update on our state’s finances
I joined many of my colleagues to talk about the drastic improvements we are seeing with our state’s finances thanks in part to the strength of the federal economy as well as fiscal restraints put in place by the General Assembly over the last few years.
The legislature resisted the urge to raise taxes while many of our neighboring states increased broad-based taxes like sales and income taxes.
You can watch a quick recap of our state’s financial picture as we head into June. Our state’s fiscal year ends on June 30 with our new fiscal year beginning on July 1.
Please take a few moments to watch the short video below.