In this update:
Senate Majority Policy Committee to hold public workshop at Penn State York on school property tax elimination efforts
At my request, the Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet to examine possible routes to school property tax elimination. The event, which is open to the public, will take place on August 13 at 1 p.m. at Penn State York.
Burdensome school property taxes are a major concern for the vast majority of York Countians. Since my swearing-in to the Senate seven months ago, I have made eliminating school property taxes a top priority and I’m grateful that Senator Argall and his committee will be coming to York County next month to explore ways we can achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating school property taxes for our overburdened local residents.
You can listen to my comments here.
You can learn more about this upcoming event here.
Raising concerns about Governor’s census commission and focus on rural Pennsylvania
On Monday, I participated in a Senate Majority Policy Committee public hearing on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission.
During the hearing, I raised concerns about the lack of planning to connect with rural communities to ensure every resident is counted.
The governor’s commission contains more than three dozen groups to help with the census, but only one of these groups represents rural areas – the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The commission is heavily influenced by groups representing more urban areas.
I believe that everyone should be counted, but I am very concerned about where we are in the process and lack of urgency to include groups who best connect with Pennsylvanians who live in rural areas.
You can watch my line of questioning during Monday’s public hearing below.
Learn more about Monday’s hearing and what it means for an accurate census count in rural communities here.
Outlining next legislative steps during Rotary Club of York’s weekly luncheon
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of York for affording me the opportunity to be the guest speaker during Wednesday’s luncheon. It was an excellent opportunity to recap my first six months as the state Senator for the 28th District, as well as discuss the priorities for the remainder of this two-year legislative session.
In addition to highlighting the two bills I authored that were signed into law in the first six months of session, I discussed movement on other key issues that were suggested by local residents, including efforts to curb opioid abuse, end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and bring high-speed internet to more Pennsylvanians.
I also expressed gratitude for the residents who have contacted me in my first six months in the Senate. Between January 1 and June 30, my office has received over 5,300 contacts from local residents, which equates to about 29 contacts per day.
Each and every contact, whether it be email, letter or phone call, is extremely important to me to do my job effectively.
Over the coming months, I look forward to tackling tough issues, like finding a path forward to address our school property tax problem, regulatory reform and measures that best protect the people who pay our bills – the taxpayers.
Thank you again to the Rotary Club of York County for the conversation!
Rep. Gillespie hosting spotted lanternfly seminar
Representative Keith Gillespie (R-York) will host an informative seminar on the spotted lanternfly on Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, located at 110 Ducktown Road, York.
If you or someone you know would like to attend to learn more about this invasive pest that can wreak havoc on local communities, please contact Rep. Gillespie’s local office at 717-840-4711. A representative from Penn State Extension – York County will be on-hand to answer any questions.
Stocking Muskie with Rep. Klunk at Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park
Representative Kate Klunk (R-York) and I met with officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to stock Muskie in Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park.
Also joining us were Bev Frey and Barbara Metzler, who work for Senator Doug Mastriano. Senator Mastriano represents Hanover, West Manheim and Penn Township in York County, along with portions of Adams, Cumberland and Franklin Counties.
This was the second time in as many weeks that I had the opportunity to work with the Fish and Boat Commission to stock our local waterways.
Did you know that York County benefits from the Marcellus Shale industry?
While York County is not home to any natural gas drilling operations, the Marcellus Shale impact fee provided $485,000 in 2018 tax revenue to the county. This represents an increase of 23 percent from 2017.
Pennsylvania’s impact fee raised more money than West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined, despite these four states combining to produce more natural gas than the Commonwealth.
Are you going on vacation? Keep would-be robbers away from your home with these tips
There are easy ways to make your home less vulnerable to burglars during vacation.
Making the home look “lived in” by stopping mail delivery and putting lights on timers helps. Installing dead bolt locks on doors can slow a burglar’s ability to enter your home, and in some cases can lead to a discount on insurance. Check out more “Vacation Home Protection” tips here.
Stay cool and hydrated this weekend!
Extreme heat increases the risk of deadly heat stroke, in addition to heat exhaustion, cramps and more. Older adults and young children are most at risk to the high temperatures.
“Stay Cool & Stay Hydrated” is good advice for everyone in extreme heat. You can find tips for avoiding heat-related illness and warning signs here.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week below: