Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Email Information
6/22/2018

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No-Tax-Increase, Timely Budget Passes House


 
This week, the General Assembly approved and sent to the governor, a no-tax-increase budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that respects the taxpayer while also investing more money for all levels of education and protecting our communities and families.

I am pleased that there is bipartisan agreement on this budget bill. It has been thoroughly vetted by the House Appropriations Committee, of which I am a member, and received a full and fair debate on the House floor. We worked hard to reach a fair and reasonable agreement to fund our necessary state services. The spending reflects a 1.7 percent increase which is under the rate of inflation. I believe it is a good accomplishment.

To view my post-vote comments, click here.

In addition, I spoke with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette for their story. Click here.

For the first time in a decade, the budget sets aside money for the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The rebuilding of that fund was a priority in case of a fiscal emergency

For education, the budget creates a new, $60 million initiative to ensure Pennsylvania’s children are in a safe learning environment and invests $100 million more for basic education, $25 million more for early childhood education and an additional $15 million for special education. This equates to a record-high $12.3 billion for prekindergarten through 12th-grade education. Additionally, the budget includes a 3 percent increase for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities and community colleges; a 3.3 percent boost for the State System of Higher Education; and $30 million more for career and technical education.

Additional funds will help protect communities by training more state police troopers, caring for those with intellectual disabilities, supplying home visiting services for families affected by opioid crisis and supporting emergency medical services.

This budget is the result of prudent spending, an improved economy and responsible policies that prevented the need for the governor’s repeated calls for increased taxes over the last four years.

More information is available here.
 
 
Lycoming and Union Counties Benefit from Natural Gas Impact Fees


 
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced the 2018 distribution of the Act 13 unconventional natural gas impact fees, otherwise known as Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling tax.

I am pleased to report that Lycoming County’s total disbursement is $3,707,815.77. Municipal disbursement is $5,235,695.53, for a total of $8,943,511.30. Union County receives $40,580.26.

To date, nearly $1.5 billion in new tax revenue has been paid by unconventional natural gas producers, benefiting every county and municipality across the Commonwealth. This year’s distribution of $209.6 million represents an over $36 million increase – or approximately 21 percent increase – over last year’s revenue.

Pennsylvania’s $209.6 million collected this year represents the largest year-over-year increase in drilling tax revenue since passage of Act 13 in 2012. For context, Pennsylvania’s drilling tax revenue for 2017 is more than the drilling tax collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado – combined – despite these four states combining to produce more natural gas than Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee has contributed greatly to enhancing and protecting our environment, while providing local communities and key state agencies with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs. Additional detailed information on the Impact Fee and its distributions into our community is available on the PUC’s website at puc.state.pa.us (choose Act 13 Impact Fee).
 
 
Bridge Repairs in Lycoming County


 
Next week, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Lycoming County will perform preservation work on several bridges.

On Tuesday, June 26, a bridge on Route 3018 (First Fork Road) in Mifflin Township will be closed so an epoxy-based surface treatment can be applied to the bridge deck. A detour will be in place using Route 973. This work will be performed during daylight hours.

Then on Wednesday, June 27, the same work will be performed on a bridge on Route 3006 (Brook Street) near the intersection of Arch Street in Duboistown Borough. There will be a daylight lane restriction in place with flaggers providing traffic control.

Next week, In addition, work will take place on the State Route 118 bridge near Lairdsville in Franklin Township

The contractor will apply an epoxy-based surface treatment to the deck of a bridge spanning Muncy Creek between Mill Lane and State Route 2015 (Dark Hollow Road). There will be a lane closure in place with flaggers providing traffic control.

This work is part of a 5-mile resurfacing project on State Route 118. The project limits extend from Mill Lane to Unityville Road in Franklin and Jordan townships. The project includes milling and paving, guide rail upgrades, rumble strips and line painting.

This project is expected to be completed in mid - to late September.

All this work is weather permitting.
 
 
Processing Birth Certificates Faster


This week, the House voted overwhelmingly for legislation that aims to prevent unreasonable delays in getting birth certificates to citizens who need them.

With the implementation of REAL ID, many Pennsylvanians will be requesting a copy of their birth certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records. Despite efforts to work with the department to improve processing times, it currently takes as long as six months for the state to issue a birth certificate.

House Bill 84 would overhaul the process for issuing birth certificates by permitting the Division of Vital Records to coordinate with city and county officials, along with more than 150 registrars statewide, to help with the issuance of the birth certificates. It also would mandate a top-to-bottom, third-party review of the current process to issue birth certificates, with a goal of increasing efficiency and processing times.

House Bill 84 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
 
 
New Fireworks Law in Effect for Independence Day


 
Pennsylvanians celebrating Independence Day in Pennsylvania will have more options for purchasing fireworks, thanks to a new law passed last fall.

Under the new law, consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.

“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than 2 grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.

Several restrictions are in place regarding where fireworks can be ignited or discharged, including having express permission of the property owner. Fireworks cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building, toward a motor vehicle or building or within 150 feet of an occupied structure. Also, it is recommended to check on any applicable local ordinances.

Anyone 18 years or older can purchase fireworks. They are legal to be sold at any licensed facility, including temporary ones. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15-July 8, and Dec. 21-Jan. 2 each year.

For more information on the law and fireworks, click here.
 
 
July 4 Marks PA’s Second Fish-for-Free Day


The second Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply.

To make the fishing experience more convenient, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state. Many of the sites are located at state parks, along with some county parks and public libraries. Click here for the list of loaner sites.

More information is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, which includes interactive maps, regional fishing reports, and tips on fishing fundamentals. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at GoneFishingPa.com.
 
 
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.




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