Senator Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Telephone town hall feedback
  • Touring SCI Phoenix with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Browne
  • Outlining efforts to improve access to high-speed internet access in Pennsylvania
  • Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during events throughout York County on Memorial Day
  • Speaking to the Lutheran Men’s Club of York County about state-related issues
  • Visiting RHI Magnesita
  • Upcoming PennDOT projects
  • On deck 

Telephone town hall feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated in my first telephone town hall as the state senator for the 28th District. I appreciate everyone who took the time out of their Thursday night to talk about state-related issues with me.

Here are some quick highlights of the telephone town hall meeting –

  • Answered a dozen specific questions on state-related issues.
  • Conducted five survey questions to gather input from everyone participating.
  • Participants overwhelmingly support school property tax elimination (84 percent); 69 percent of participants oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana; 81 percent of participants support comprehensive regulatory reform in Pennsylvania; 68 percent support improving access to high-speed internet throughout the Commonwealth; and 76 percent want to see the state adopt zero-based budgeting to rein in wasteful spending.

Again, many thanks to those who participated. If you have any additional questions on any state-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Tour SCI Phoenix with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Browne

On Thursday, I was invited by Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to tour the state’s newest state correctional facility, SCI Phoenix, located in Collegeville, outside of Philadelphia.

The tour provided me, along with my colleagues Senator Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) and Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), a complete tour of the entire complex and the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing our state’s third-largest state agency, the Department of Corrections .

SCI Phoenix recently replaced the aging SCI Graterford. The department has also closed three additional correctional facilities across the state in recent years.

In addition to being a maximum-security prison, SCI Phoenix houses over 3,000 inmates and has the first-in-the-state female transitional unit, which will hold up to 192 female inmates when opened.

A lot of discussion has centered about reducing recidivism as a way to reduce costs on taxpayers while ensuring the public is best protected from the worst criminals.

Thank you to the leadership of SCI Phoenix for the very educational tour.

Outlining efforts to improve access to high-speed internet access in Pennsylvania

Representative Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and I participated in WITF’s Smart Talk program, hosted by Scott Lamar, about our ongoing efforts to improve access to high-speed internet throughout the Commonwealth.

Our interview will re-air this evening (Friday) at 7 p.m. and will also be posted to WITF’s website.

This is a critical issue for many individuals throughout York County – from farmers to job-creators, from health care patients to students. I hope you can listen to our half-hour interview.

Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during events throughout York County on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the County Wreath Laying Ceremony was held in Penn Park in York City. During the ceremony, the park’s flagpole was dedicated in honor of Staff Sergeant Calvin C. Rice, Jr., who received four awards for valor while in the Army in Vietnam before his death in 1969.

His selfless deeds and legacy will forever be memorialized by this dedication. It was a great privilege to join Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D-York) in posthumously presenting citations to SSG Rice’s family for his service, his sacrifice, and laying down his life to preserve and protect our freedom and liberties.

Additional gratitude to the York County Commissioners, Harold E. Redding, the York County Department of Veterans Affairs, Terry Gendron, York County Veterans Outreach, Mayor of York Michael Helfrich and York City Council for making this Memorial Day ceremony so special for so many people.

Thank you to the American Legion Post 469 in Wrightsville for allowing me to participate in your Memorial Day ceremonies!

Here I am pictured with Mrs. Albert of Wrightsville in front of a Ford Model A during the Wrightsville Memorial Day parade.

I also enjoyed spending time at the Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company.

I was also fortunate to participate in the Dallastown American Legion Post 605 parade on Memorial Day as well as the 2nd Annual Southern York County Rotary Club Flags for Heroes on Saturday in New Freedom.

Speaking to the Lutheran Men’s Club of York County about state-related issues

Many thanks to the Lutheran Men’s Club of York County for inviting me to provide you with an update on Tuesday night about various state issues. I always appreciate the opportunity to share the latest news on important issues to the residents of the 28th District.

Visiting RHI Magnesita

Thank you to RHI Magnesita for taking me on a tour of their dolomite mine and refractory brick facility in West Manchester Township earlier this month!

With 14 percent of the global market share, RHI Magnesita is the leader in the world’s refractory industry that produces high quality and customized refractory products for global markets right here in York County.

It was an amazing opportunity to learn about their dolomite mining operation and how RHI Magnesita is providing several hundred family-sustaining jobs to York County residents!

Upcoming PennDOT projects

PennDOT is now providing my office with updates on upcoming road projects each week. You will now start seeing an update in my email updates throughout the summer months. Please see the list of paving projects below.

On deck

The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes for voting on Monday, June 3 at 1 p.m.

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