Pennsylvanians should be proud of the great and varied educational options available to our Commonwealth’s students. Public, nonpublic, charter and parochial schools all provide unique and valuable opportunities to empower our children to pursue their dreams and reach their potential. Last week, I was pleased to support our most recent effort to extend our successful track record of educational choice and excellence in our state.
While our furry friend from Punxsutawney gave us a frigid reminder that spring is not yet upon us, there is no denying budget season has officially arrived in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his 2017-18 budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 7, proposing a $32.3 billion spending plan, a 1.8 percent increase over last year. As legislators, we now have the opportunity to open a conversation with the people of Pennsylvania to determine the right path forward for our Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf today issued his budget address for the 2017-18 fiscal year to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The governor’s presentation of his proposed $32.34 billion spending plan is the first step in the state’s budgeting process.
HARRISBURG – Looking to expand school opportunities for students, legislation was introduced today by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to expand the state’s very successful public-private partnership education tax credit program.
CLEARFIELD – State Reps. Matt Gabler (R-DuBois) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) today announced the awarding of grants to three Clearfield County municipalities through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCCP).
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to examine expanding firearm options for Pennsylvania hunters has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. House Bill 263, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly with bipartisan support, becomes Act 168 of 2016.
HARRISBURG – The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for home heating assistance grants, Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) said today.
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would allow for the use of semi-automatic firearms and air- or gas-powered rifles for certain hunting applications has been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature. The House today voted overwhelmingly to pass Gabler’s House Bill 263.
HARRISBURG – The state Senate today unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would protect students attending postsecondary schools accredited by an agency that loses its federal recognition. House Bill 2338 now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature.
DUBOIS - State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) is pleased to announce funding has been awarded to the City of DuBois for an efficiency study on its wastewater treatment facility in Sandy Township. The $100,000 grant has been secured through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFAs) Sewage Facilities program, one of seven programs funded through Marcellus Shale Act 13 revenue.
HARRISBURG – The state House today unanimously passed legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) that would protect students attending postsecondary schools accredited by an agency that loses its federal recognition. House Bill 2338 will be taken up by the state Senate Education Committee tomorrow.
CLEARFIELD – State Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey
(R-Clearfield/Cambria) invite residents of the 73rd and 75th legislative districts to the Senior Expo they are hosting Thursday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Expo Building 1 of the Clearfield County Fairgrounds in Clearfield.
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey
(R-Clearfield/Cambria) joined House Finance Committee members on both sides of the aisle Tuesday in advancing legislation that would replace the 40 percent wholesale tax on electronic cigarette and vapor products with a 5-cents-per-milliliter vapor products tax. House Bill 2342 may now be considered by the full House.
TYRONE – Continuing their advocacy efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector, Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) and other members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, toured two plants in Blair County last week. Evankovich is co-chairman of the bipartisan caucus, which has more than 100 members.
ST. MARYS – State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), in partnership with Life and Independence for Today (LIFT), will host a Disability and Aging Resource Expo on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall, 99 Clarion Road, Johnsonburg.