May. 03, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup

 The latest news from the State Capitol

Thaddeus Stevens Proud

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (TSCT) is without question one of the premier and most effective career and technical education training schools in the United States.

As a proud Stevens graduate, I was honored to be presented with a medal commemorating the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969 at this year’s Alumni Banquet, held on April 27.

Pictured with me are TSCT President Dr. William Griscom, EdD., Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster) and TSCT Alumni Association and Foundation Executive Director Alex Munro.
Great News for Taxpayers

State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. However, that certainly does not mean that state government should spend it all.

While government can help put pro-growth policies in place, it is freedom of the citizens working within our free-market system that creates personal wealth and recurring tax revenue.

The Commonwealth’s tremendous revenue growth is the direct result of conservative, prudent budgeting; putting sound economic policies in place at the state and federal levels; and standing firm against the governor’s demands for excessive taxes and spending over the last several years.

The final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30. Find further details on Pennsylvania’s revenues here.
Reining in Regulatory Overreach

For the second consecutive session, this week, I joined with my House Republican colleagues in advancing the following four bills to rein in job-killing regulatory overreach:
  • Expand the General Assembly’s authority to repeal existing regulations (House Bill 430).

  • Overhaul the state’s inefficient permitting process (House Bill 509).

  • Require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer so the application of new and existing regulations is collaborative and educational, rather than punitive (House Bill 762).

  • Require legislative approval for any economically significant regulation which has an annual fiscal impact totaling $1 million or more (House Bill 806).
Overregulation not only puts Pennsylvanians at serious risk of losing family-sustaining jobs to other states where regulatory compliance is less onerous, it can even weaken the effectiveness of legitimate health and safety regulations already in place.

Currently, Commonwealth employers must navigate through more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions in order to contribute to the economy and create jobs.
All four bills now move to the Senate for consideration.
Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks

With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis.

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for the past several years. Last year, a $500,000 grant was provided to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) to allow all Pennsylvania residents to have ticks (found on them or a family member) tested for free by the university.

The Tick Lab is located within the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute at ESU. Click here to access the Tick Lab website with all the details

For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here
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