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Budget Update: House Follows Senate in Approving Emergency Funding Bills, Sends to Governor
The House of Representatives this week approved emergency funding legislation passed by the Senate and sent the bills to Gov. Wolf for enactment. If signed by the governor, the bills would provide financial relief to school districts and social service agencies impacted by the prolonged budget impasse.
The move is the latest effort to help schools, counties, municipalities and agencies that saw their state payments end on July 1 after Governor Wolf vetoed a budget passed by the Legislature on June 30 -- almost immediately after its passage by the General Assembly.
The package provides $11.2 billion in state allocations, releasing more than $1 billion being withheld from schools and restoring funding for critical programs and services. That represents one-third of the state funding as authorized by the budget Gov. Wolf vetoed in July. The stop-gap budget also allocates the federal money Pennsylvania administers for schools and local governments.
I urge Gov. Wolf to sign these bills and provide relief to schools and service providers while budget negotiations continue.
Saturday: Take Part in Senator Scavello’s Legislative Roundtables
Monroe County Recovery Walk
The Monroe County Recovery Walk, hosted by Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug & Alcohol Commission, was held Wednesday in Stroudsburg. The walk was held to bring awareness to the issue of drug or alcohol addiction and the available recovery programs.
Meeting with AARP in Harrisburg
Earlier this week, I met with members of the AARP in Harrisburg to discuss the CARE Act and other issues affecting seniors. Thank you all for visiting the capitol.
Take your Family Friends to the Dog Show!
The 11th Annual Fun Dog Show will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chipperfield Elementary School. Register in advance to secure your spot by calling (570) 422-1484 or visiting melonsgift.org.
Scam Alert Sounded by PA Department of State
The PA Department of State is alerting the business community, particularly recently-formed businesses, of a scam requesting a credit card payment to obtain a “certificate of existence,” which according to the Department’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, does not exist.
Valid companies registering with the department are issued documentation reflecting an entity number, filing date, and the name of the current Secretary of the Commonwealth. However, the bogus operation seen in recent months attempts to secure a payment ranging from $100-$150 to comply with “non-existent” Commonwealth regulations from a non-existent entity referred to in the scam mailing as the “Division of Corporate Services.”
Other bogus requests include officer and director information, accounts, and minutes. Contact the PA Department of State online or by calling 717-787-8503 if you believe you may have first-hand experience with a scam and require direction and assistance with a related matter
Vote for the Color of the 2016 Fishing License Button
Pennsylvania anglers have until October 7 to decide the color of the 2016 fishing license button via an online vote.
Choices are: teal, red, orange, brown, burgundy or green. Another option for the button is a background featuring Brook Trout.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission re-introduced the availability of an annual Pennsylvania fishing license button in 2014. Back by popular demand, the custom button is similar to the vintage buttons offered by the PFBC in the past. Each custom button measures 1 3/4 inches with a high-quality, pin-back design and feature the angler's customer identification number (CID), the same number displayed on a paper license. As a result of a recent regulation change, as long as the angler is carrying a valid paper license, a valid button is the only display requirement.
Vote for button color here.
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