Oct. 07, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Property Tax Town Hall Meeting Slated

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I’m co-hosting with Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) a Town Hall Meeting on Property Tax Reform at Monroe Elementary, 1240 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m.

School property tax reform has been discussed in the General Assembly for decades. This session, I am part of a bi-partisan, bi-cameral property tax work group, charged with the task of creating a property tax reform plan than can garner the votes required to get signed into law. I am hopeful we will come up with a viable plan to address this issue that impacts all property owners in Pennsylvania.

I recently released a column on school property taxes. To read it, click here. In addition, I urge you to watch the above video.
#GoodJobs4PA: Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Working to better ensure students’ career success, the House voted unanimously on a bill making comprehensive improvements to the state’s career and technical education (CTE) system. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.

House Bill 265 would enhance job training and workforce development, while also providing high school and college students with access to information regarding the transfer policies of other educational institutions, with the goal being to save them time and money.

The legislation would also simplify the process for schools to establish vocational courses; create a Schools-to-Work program to develop employment and training pathways; require guidelines for the application of STEM course credits; require the Department of Education to outline the state’s workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential; and allow representatives from community colleges and CTE schools equal access to meet with students during career and college fairs.
Honoring our Veterans

I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to my ice cream social at the American Legion in Dillsburg last Monday evening to honor our veterans. We had a wonderful turnout for folks to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. A heart felt thank you to all veterans for their service to our proud and grateful nation.
Not Every Hero Wears a Cape!

The Commonwealth is once again joining with the rest of the nation in marking Fire Prevention Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12.

This year’s theme, set by the National Fire Protection Association, is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The goal is to recognize the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan and to encourage others to implement these basic behaviors that can save lives.

With today’s homes being filled with synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster, residents may have as little as two minutes to safely exit a burning structure.

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home. Finally, home escape plans should be practiced at least twice a year by all members of the household. For additional information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing was dyed pink on Tuesday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

Every day 37 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. In 2019, it is estimated there will be more than 12,000 women diagnosed with the disease. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 2,000 will die from it.

The Department of Health is also highlighting the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is a free early detection program funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

To learn about the program and eligibility, click here.
Learn About Scams and How Not to Fall Victim to Them

There are numerous scams, which are ever evolving, that target people of all walks of life. To help make people aware of the various scams, I teamed up with law enforcement and the state Department of Banking and Security to host Scam Jam at the Fairview Township Office, located at 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland, on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m.

I urge you to attend this informative event to learn more so you don’t become a victim. To register, call my office at 717-432-0792, or go to my website, www.RepKeefer.com.
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