Dec. 10, 2018

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The latest news from the State Capitol
Meeting Our Future Leaders

It was my pleasure to recently meet with students from the government class at Red Land High School in Harrisburg. The students posed many questions about state government and were keen to learn more about the state’s system of government. I applaud these future leaders in taking an interest in government.
Guard Against Fraud This Holiday Season

While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, you may also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting yourself while giving, click here.
Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Pennsylvania and the nation said our final farewells to former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.

Prior to serving as our nation’s 41st president, Bush was a decorated naval aviator in World War II, a head of the CIA and vice president to President Ronald Reagan.

The 41st president laid in state at the United States Capitol Building prior to his state funeral, held Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

In honor of the former president, flags in the state of Pennsylvania will fly at half-staff for the remainder of the year.
General Fund Revenue Up

The state Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its economic brief for the month of November.

General Fund revenue for the year stands at $12.36 billion, which is $333.6 million, or nearly 3 percent, above what was expected. For the month, revenue was $2.34 billion, which was $95 million above the Department of Revenue’s estimate.

Collections of $138 million for corporation taxes came in above projections by $27 million. Sales and Use Tax collections of $910 million were higher than expected, coming in $45 million above the estimate, but the Personal Income Taxes collected were $835 million, which was below estimate by $30 million.

This increase in revenue is good news for now, but the IFO is projecting a budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year. As your representative, I remain committed to reining in spending to ensure taxpayers aren’t faced with increased taxes and that the state can continue to provide core services to residents.
Spanglers Mill Bridges Open

Two new bridges carrying Spanglers Mill Road over Yellow Breeches Creek in Fairview Township, and the Mill Race in Lower Allen Township, located at the Cumberland-York County line are opened to traffic. These bridges were replaced as part of PennDOT's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

These bridges are two of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, under which it will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

More on P3 in Pennsylvania is available at
Susquehanna Trail in Newberry Township to Get New Route Number

PennDOT is renumbering State Route 295, known as Susquehanna Trail, as State Route 297 through Newberry and Conewago townships.

Susquehanna Trail will be renumbered because a roadway near the construction project of Interstate 95 will be renumbered as Route 295. This will prevent confusion for motorists. PennDOT York County maintenance crews will be complete the necessary updates to the existing route signs, including any existing directional signs for roads that intersect the state route. This work is expected to be completed this month. Additional sign updates on Interstate 83 may take additional time.

Electronic maps issued by PennDOT will be updated, once the signing modifications have been completed. PennDOT will also be reaching out to York County first responder organizations, stakeholders, as well as, mapping/navigation websites to inform them of the change.
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