Improving PA’s fiscal house
12/23/2019
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Improving Pennsylvania’s Fiscal House

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I was joined by fellow members of the House – Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) and Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) – to roll out our financial reform package to strengthen the financial management of the Commonwealth. No dollar collected, held or spent by state government belongs to the government.

This package of bills would reduce state borrowing, improve our credit and strengthen the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund. To watch the full press conference, click here.

In order to rein in shadow spending through special funds, which aren’t accounted for in the General Fund, my House Bill 1991 would amend the Commonwealth’s Constitution to prevent the creation or use of special funds.

This form of offline spending is simply disingenuous to taxpayers. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, General Fund expenditures were $31.9 billion which constituted 63% of the Commonwealth’s total operating budget of $84 billion. This form of budgeting hides the true cost of the budget from taxpayers and even lawmakers.

To learn more about the bill package, click here.
 
 
Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Yours

I would like to extend the warmest holiday wishes and happiest new year to you and your family.

May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer. My district office hours may be limited in light of the holidays. Please call ahead to be sure my office is open.

Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov, or through my website, www.RepKeefer.com.

If you’re traveling, you can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
 
Visiting with Career and Technical Education Students

 
I had the pleasure of meeting with students from the York County School of Technology at the Capitol (above). It was great speaking with these career and technical education (CTE) students who are on paths toward rewarding careers.

After observing my House Labor and Industry Committee hearing on workforce issues, a group of Dover Area High School CTE students (below) met with me to discuss how they’re preparing to meet the challenges.

Improving workforce development, mainly through better career and technical education, has been a focus of the House this session. Workforce development focuses on the individual and developing workers with the skills necessary for today’s and tomorrow’s economy. To learn more, click here.

 
 
You’re Invited to my Open House


Residents are invited to attend an Open House at my office, located at 12 N. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg, on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 4-6 p.m.

I always enjoy having residents of the 92nd Legislative District to my office to discuss state-related issues. I hope they can attend this yearly event for a festive evening of fellowship and refreshments. The House has accomplished a lot so far this session and I look forward to discussing these initiatives to propel Pennsylvania forward.

Light refreshments will be served. Limited off-street parking is available to the rear of the office. Additional parking is available on North Baltimore Street. Because of the open nature of the event, residents wishing to discuss private matters are asked to call my office to set up an appointment for another time.

The event is open to all residents of the district, and RSVPs are not required. For more information about the open house, visit RepKeefer.com or call 717-432-0792.
 
 
Working Together to Strengthen Juvenile Justice, Outcomes

Working to boost public safety and accountability, and improve outcomes for Pennsylvania’s youth, state legislative leaders, justices and the governor joined together this week to announce a new interbranch effort to improve our juvenile justice system.

The newly formed Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force is charged with delivering data-driven policy recommendations to state leaders in a report by Nov. 30, 2020. The recommendations will form the basis for statutory, budgetary and administrative changes during the 2021-22 Legislative Session.

Despite efforts through entities such as the Juvenile Court Judges Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Commonwealth has one of the highest rates of juvenile commitment in the nation. The task force will work to address current challenges to improve the system.

The members of the task force, to be appointed by the three branches of state government, will represent a wide range of stakeholder groups that include legislators, law enforcement, judges, district attorneys and public defenders. The task force will receive technical assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Crime and Justice Institute.
 
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12 North Baltimore Street,Dillsburg, PA 17019 | 717-432-0792
422 Irvis Office, PO Box 202092, Harrisburg PA 17120-2092 | (717) 783-8783 / 3-8783
Email Address: DKeefer@pahousegop.com