May. 27, 2019

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Honoring Our Heroes

Today, Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country by participating in Memorial Day events in your community.

For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here.
Discussing the Issues at the YCEA Legislative Lunch

I had a great time at the York County Economic Alliance’s Legislative Lunch to discuss state issues impacting York County.
PA Unemployment Hits Record Low

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has dropped to a new, recording-breaking low. In April, unemployment dropped to just 3.8%. Between March and April of this year, 8,000 workers found employment, adding to the drop.

Locally, the news is even better. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for the York-Hanover area is just 3.3%as of March, a .6% drop from the same time last year.

This is coupled with the increased revenue the state has seen. State revenue collections were more than $828 million ahead of estimates about a month ago. When government doesn’t haphazardly raise taxes, but instead allows the economy to grow naturally, the increased revenue and drop in unemployment is the result.
Revenue Expected to Grow

On the heels of news of state revenue being more than $825 million above what was expected, the Independent Fiscal Office announced revenue is expected to only increase in the final month of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

As we enter the final stretch of the budget season, this is, of course, great news. But, as I said before, this increase in revenue is not a reason to go on a spending spree. Rather, this added revenue should be placed into the state’s Rainy-Day Fund so it is prepared for the next economic downturn.
PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight

As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Public Meeting Slated

Starting this fall, PPL will be rebuilding an old, wooden transmission line that runs from its West Shore substation in Lower Allen Township to its Harrisburg substation.

To keep the public informed, PPL will be holding an open house on this project on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Harrisburg West in New Cumberland, 148 Sheraton Drive.
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