Sep. 08, 2017

Taxpayer Caucus Introduces Budget Revenue Plan

Earlier this week, I joined a group of more than a dozen House members at a Capitol press conference to outline a proposal to make use of taxpayer dollars that appear to be sitting idle in a variety of special government accounts.

The plan is designed to prevent any impacts on jobs, services or agencies while making use of money already collected from taxpayers. The measure also aims to improve transparency regarding how tax dollars are spent.

This plan does NOT call for a tax increase or the borrowing of a single dollar to balance the state budget. It also does not compromise one state service, close one agency, or cost one person his or her job.

Our residents cannot afford tax increases, period.

Other ideas being advanced by the House include further privatization of liquor sales and an expansion of gaming opportunities.

To read more details on the plan, and to watch the press conference, click here.
Never Forget the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001


This Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The loved ones lost will be honored and remembered in observances across the country, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the four planes hijacked that day crashed.

More information about the Flight 93 Memorial and planned observances is available here.
Patriot Day Concert

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Patriot Day Concert on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Lebanon High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The concert features the Lebanon Community Concert Band.

This is a free event but, due to limited seating, tickets will be required. I have some available at my office. Just call (717) 277-2101.

In addition, the Chamber of Commerce has tickets available.
Bonus Available to Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans

Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, are reminded to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To qualify, the service member must have:
    • Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    • Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

    • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.

    • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.

Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
The deadline to apply for this one-time payment is Aug. 31, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.
Don’t Be Scammed by Skimmers

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to be on the lookout for credit or debit card skimmers that steal your information when the card is swiped or inserted.

Often combined with a concealed camera, thieves can also record your Personal Identification Number (PIN). With this information, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases. Additionally, the thieves may sell this information to others.

To help protect yourself, take the following steps:
    • Use ATMs in well-lit, secure locations and avoid using ATMs that are stand-alone units in corners of stores or other out-of-the-way locations.

    • Look at the card reader slot and surrounding areas to see if anything looks out of place, mismatched or loose.

    • Consider using your credit card instead of your debit card to avoid compromising your PIN and to gain other consumer protections. 

    • Choose gas pumps that are closer to and within the line of vision of the cashiers.

    • Check your bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report any unfamiliar activity immediately.

Read more here.