In this update:
Do you prefer deer season opening day on Saturday or Monday? Let me know in my latest survey
This year marked the fourth “Saturday opener” for Pennsylvania hunters heading out on opening day.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted in 2019 to move opening day from Monday up to the Saturday following Thanksgiving, giving hunters an extra Saturday in the regular season.
I am curious to hear your opinion on this matter. Please let me know by taking my survey here.
If you know any neighbors or fellow sportsmen who live in the 28th District and you think they would like to weigh in on this topic, please feel free to forward this to them. I look forward to sharing the results with you in the upcoming weeks.
FCC maps can be challenged over next month
Earlier this week, I joined Brandon Carson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, and Chief David Lash of the Northern York County Regional Police Department at the Officer Tome Substation in Heidelberg Township to encourage Pennsylvanians to participate in the FCC Challenge Process. Learn more here.
The more people who participate in challenging the maps released by the FCC that show who does and does not have access to high-speed internet, the better data-driven decisions the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority will make over the next several years.
You can view local news coverage from the event in the links below:
Appropriations monthly update highlights five-year budget outlook, inflation
Each month, the Senate Appropriations Committee provides an update on the state’s current revenue performance, as well as information on issues of financial importance for Pennsylvania in the months and years to come. These reports help inform the decisions we make in Harrisburg, while providing a critical layer of transparency for you to know how your tax dollars are being utilized.
This month’s edition highlights the state’s five-year budget outlook, as well as the impacts of inflation, the state’s new revenue reporting system, and more. Read the Monthly Report.
Reports outline natural gas costs and readiness this winter
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released its 2022 Winter Readiness Overviews covering the reliability and expected cost of natural gas service this winter.
According to the Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, home heating costs are expected to rise significantly over the winter, driven by an estimated 5% increase in consumption (for households that use natural gas as their primary heating fuel), along with a 28% rise in natural gas prices compared to last winter.
Additionally, all of Pennsylvania’s major natural gas distribution companies indicated that they have sufficient supplies and procedures in place to ensure reliable natural gas service this winter. You can find details and local utility reports here.
Making the holidays brighter for military families and veterans
Please consider making the holidays brighter for veterans, service members and their families with a tax-deductible donation to any of these support programs run by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control.
Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.
You can also give to Residents’ Welfare Funds at any of the DMVA’s six veterans homes to keep our residents active, healthy and engaged.
You can donate online or by mail to: DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.
Celebrating and Protecting Our Bill of Rights
The right to free speech, the right to bear arms and eight other amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up our Bill of Rights. On Dec. 15, 1791, three-fourths of state legislatures ratified the first 10 Amendments to our nation’s Constitution – the Bill of Rights.
“The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
— Preamble to the Bill of Rights
To our Jewish friends and neighbors observing Hanukkah, I hope these eight days bring you joy and a sense of rededication. Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!