In this update:
Summit on Fiscal and Economic Policy draws experts, public to York College
On Thursday, I joined my York County state legislative colleagues for an informative all-day event focused on policy ideas and initiatives to fix our state’s fiscal challenges and improve our economic outlook.
The event was held at York College and was put together by Rep. Seth Grove.
The event was open to the public and featured testifiers from various think-tanks. I am grateful that several local legislators attended this event, including Reps. Kate Klunk, Keith Gillespie, Stan Saylor, Carol Hill-Evans, Dawn Keefer and Barb Gleim.
The event looked at the current state of the Commonwealth’s fiscal health and how to improve budgeting practices (I’ve been pushing for a constitutional amendment on this front). We also discussed public pensions and reforms (I do not participate in the state pension, nor do I accept healthcare in the Senate); rainy day fund best practices (this past budget I supported included more than $300 million for our rainy day fund).
Finally, we covered legislative oversight and audits; and economic growth strategies (I have a few ideas on how Pennsylvania can be a leader).
If you are interested in what was discussed, I will have video posted to my YouTube account here.
With school buses back on the roads – take a moment to review the law!
Students in York County returned to school this week and their safety is absolutely paramount.
PennDOT has put together a helpful website that helps parents and students alike with tips to ensure smooth sailing to and from school, as well as tips for bus drivers.
However, everyone plays a role in the safety of local children getting to and from school! Pennsylvania has a very strict school bus stopping law on the books. The law requires:
To review a full list of laws that apply to motorists, please visit PennDOT’s website on school bus safety here.
If you are found guilty of breaking the state’s School Bus Stopping Law, you could be subject to a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day suspension of your driver’s license.
Together, we can ensure our students are able to reach their destination safely every morning and return home to their families in the evening.
Fish and Boat Commission offering $1 licenses on Labor Day
On Labor Day (September 2), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering $1 fishing licenses (plus $1.90 processing and vendor fee). A normal one-day license can cost Pennsylvania residents $11.90 ($26.90 for those out-of-state).
The license will only be valid for September 2. Those under the age of 16 are eligible for a free license from the commission.
For more information, you can visit the commission’s website here.
Continuing to hear from public education leaders in York County
This past week, I had the good fortune of meeting with the Superintendents of Dallastown Area School District and York Suburban School Districts, as well as Dr. Thomas and Mr. Rogers of York County School of Technology.
The meetings were very helpful for me as I continue to meet with every school district superintendent in the 28th District to hear feedback on state funding, legislative measures and ways to ensure our next generation has the skills and tools to be successful at the next level in their education or in their career.
Meeting with York County School of Technology’s Mr. Scott Rogers (left) and Dr. David Thomas (right).
Meeting with Dallastown Area School District’s Dr. Dyer (left) and Dr. Doll (right).
Meeting with York Suburban School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Williams
Visit my office at the Hellam Carnival
I am looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with Representative Gillespie’s office at the Hellam Carnival!
If you are in the area, please stop by our legislative tent to chat with Rep. Gillespie, me, and our staff to learn about how our offices can help address your state-related concerns and issues.
The Hellam Carnival will be open tonight (Friday) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
I hope to see you there!
Upcoming PennDOT projects
You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week here.
In addition to routine maintenance projects included in the link above, PennDOT will close I-83 south for the removal of the bridge beam at Route 124 at Exit 18 tonight from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. and again on Sunday, August 25 from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. You can learn more about this project here.