Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Senate Budget Hearings Begin Tuesday
  • Independent Fiscal Office is a Key Budget Resource
  • Registration Open for Free Motorcycle Safety Clinics
  • Drug Take-Back Boxes Aid Efforts to Curtail Opioid Crisis 
  • Around the 40th District

Senate Budget Hearings Begin Tuesday

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold public hearings on the proposed $34.1 billion state budget from this coming Tuesday to March 7.

As a member of the committee, I will be joining my colleagues in questioning administration officials and department heads to seek justification of their spending requests. You can watch the hearings live at I will send summaries and video of each hearing in my e-newsletters over the next three weeks. 

Independent Fiscal Office is a Key Budget Resource

The state budget season is a good time to get acquainted with the work of PA’s Independent Fiscal Office, an independent agency created by the General Assembly to provide revenue projections and impartial, timely fiscal analysis.

Reports include monthly economic trends, five-year outlook, pension analysis and more. The IFO does not support or oppose any policy it analyzes, and is required to disclose the methodologies, data sources and assumptions used in published reports and estimates.

Registration Open for Free Motorcycle Safety Clinics

Registration is open for free PennDOT Motorcycle Safety Program clinics for prospective, experienced and new riders to develop or improve proficiency. Participants must have a motorcycle learner’s permit or license. It includes an Introduction to Riding Clinic. Clinics are offered throughout the year at multiple training sites across Pennsylvania. Class schedules are posted approximately four to six weeks in advance.

Drug Take-Back Boxes Aid Efforts to Curtail Opioid Crisis

Many of prescription drugs fueling the opioid crisis among Pennsylvania’s youth are taken from family medicine cabinets.

Drug take-back boxes provide a safe method for disposing expired/unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Here’s a list of items that DEA regulations allow to be disposed of, along with locations of the nearest take-back boxes.

Around the 40th District


Six Ten Hair Studio hosted their grand opening at their new location at 102 S. Broadway in Wind Gap where they offer a “laid back luxury” atmosphere for their clients. It’s always wonderful to join with members of the community to celebrate and recognize when new businesses grow and expand.

The new Farmers Insurance Gary Alt Agency celebrated their ribbon cutting on Valentine’s Day at their new office on Milford Road in East Stroudsburg. Congratulations and thank you for making an investment in our region and strengthening our local economy. 


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