Budget Proposal is a Realistic Starting Point
The annual state budget process got underway this week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.
The $32.3 billion proposal is balanced without any broad-based tax increases and includes several initiatives aimed at reducing spending and improving efficiencies by consolidating some state agencies. The administration estimates this could save the Commonwealth about $2 billion.
House Republicans are committed to a “restart” of state government, focusing on funding programs and services that work, rooting out waste and reining in overall state spending.
They are equally committed to responsibly funding the core functions of government, including education, transportation and human services, while helping to make the state more attractive to job creators.
I will join my fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee as we convene our annual budget hearings beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. More information can be found at PAHouseGOP.com.
To hear more of my thoughts, click here.
Gaming Proceeds Fund Grants for First Responders
Grants for area fire and emergency services groups have been awarded to a number of agencies in Lycoming and Union counties. These grants are funded by proceeds from gaming in the Commonwealth.
The Legislature created the grant program and it is administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
These grants, which are not funded by General Fund tax dollars, will allow local first response agencies to better afford training, equipment, facility improvements and other needs.
Click here for the list of local recipients.
| Pennsylvania Game Commission Seeks Wildlife Conservation Officer Candidates
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will begin recruiting the 31st class of Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets at its Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg.
The State Civil Service Commission will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, March 1, until Saturday, April 1, or until 600 applications are received, whichever occurs first.
Pending approval from the governor’s office, the class will report for training in March 2018 and graduate in March 2019.
The agency is seeking up to 35 qualified candidates who have a genuine interest in becoming a Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer.
For more information on the position, please visit www.pgc.pa.gov and select the quick link “WCO Test Opening,” or click on “Information and Resources,” then “Careers and Volunteers.”
Applications will only be accepted online. To view the announcement and apply, please visit the State Civil Service Commission’s website on or after March 1, 2017, at scsc.pa.gov.
| Government Contracting Webinar
Regional businesses can learn how to get paid quickly and “go green” when contracting with the U.S. Department of Defense at a new webinar by SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
The Department of Defense offers millions of dollars’ worth of contracts to qualifying businesses. The department uses an electronic invoicing system and correct submittal by businesses is key to insuring timely payment.
David Kern, small business specialist with Tobyhanna Army Depot, Monroe County, will show businesses how to:
The webinar will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
- Register with the invoicing system (Wide Area Workflow).
- Submit invoices correctly.
- Track payment status.
To register for the webinar, click here.
For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or Kristen@seda-cog.org.
SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies explore and compete in the local, state and federal government marketplace. For more information about the SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center, visit seda-cog.org/ptac/.
| Special Veterans Assistance Hours Feb. 27
If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 1, Muncy.
Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Monday, Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.
To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084.
| Road Maintenance Info Available Online
To make your travels easier,the weekly road maintenance schedule is available at the PennDOT Regional Office website here. For statewide information, visit 511pa.com.