Feb. 10, 2020 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
Governor Wants to Increase Spending by 6 Percent

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It’s like da ja vu, once again Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a budget that includes a massive spending hike and new borrowing to cover his $36 billion 2020-21 tax and spend proposal. This is a $2.05 billion increase over the current budget approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor.

We are at this point because Wolf spent more than $850 million over the current year budget through supplement spending, also known as the shadow budget. This is just one example of the fiscal mismanagement and overspending the Wolf administration has been responsible for since taking office. He is quite fond of using this non-transparent way of increasing spending all at costs that will be incurred by the taxpayers.

Fortunately, the governor’s address is just the beginning of the annual budget process. The House Appropriations Committee will conduct a series of hearings starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, to delve into the details of the governor’s plan and how state agencies are spending their funding.

For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings, click here.
Celebrating Libraries

I had a great time at the Redland Library for its Chocolate Fest event on Saturday. We also celebrated the library earning its gold star! The library joins 120 libraries across the state that have achieved Gold Star Recognition. This program recognizes libraries that clearly demonstrate their integration of Pennsylvania Forward’s five key literacies – basic, information, civic and social, health, and financial – into library programming. Way to go!!
Anti-Human-Trafficking Initiative Signed into Law

One of several human trafficking bills championed in the House last month was signed into law.

Act 1 of 2020 is designed to better protect victims of human trafficking and ensure justice is served by imposing stricter penalties on criminals involved in this heinous crime.

The new law raises the grading of the offense to a first-degree felony and imposes increased fines and jail time. Specifically, the law will raise the additional fine amount to at least $1,000 for a first offense and as much as $50,000 for a third or subsequent offense or where the victim of sexual servitude was a minor at the time of the offense. Jail time could be as much as 20-40 years.

To learn more about additional legislation approved by the House to combat human trafficking, click here. 
Assisting Our Veterans

Veterans’ outreach assistance with Paul DeVincenzo, an American Legion service officer, is held every fourth Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at my district office, 12 N. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg. In February, he will be at my office on Thursday, Feb. 27. The service officer can help with compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans’ benefits or the U.S. Veterans Administration. To set up an appointment, call my office at 717-432-0792.
Think Spring! Trout Stocking Schedules Available

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced this week its 2020 trout stocking schedules are now available online and the FishBoatPA mobile app. You can also come to my office for a copy.  

The schedule is searchable by county, lists the waterways in alphabetical order, and indicates stocking dates and the species of trout that will be stocked. The commission plans to once again stock approximately 3.2 million trout in 707 streams and 130 lakes open to public angling. PFBC plans to double the amount of trophy-sized trout being stocked to approximately 60,000 fish, 70% of which are slated to be stocked during the preseason.

The 2020 trout season will officially open Saturday, March 28, with the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York. The following weekend – Saturday, April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.

A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the April 18 regular statewide opening day of trout season.

For more information on trout stocking, trout season and how to obtain a 2020 fishing license, visit www.fishandboat.com.
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