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The Weekly Roundup
Friday, February 9, 2018  The latest news from the State Capitol

Beginning the Budget Process

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his fourth annual budget proposal, which calls for $33 billion in spending, about $1 billion more than the current year. We are concerned about the overall price tag but are pleased it does not contain any sales or income tax increases.

The governor is asking for additional investments in education, workforce development, and career and technical education, and to continue addressing the opioid epidemic.

After the address, House Republicans continued our call to stand up for taxpayers by outlining four principles we want to see in the next enacted budget: Developing work and economic opportunities; educating for success; escaping government dysfunction; and protecting families and communities.

House Appropriation Committee hearings on the budget proposal are slated to begin on Feb. 20. Learn more here.

Pennsylvania’s Economic Outlook

Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for January were $3.1 billion, which was $94 million more than anticipated. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections of $17.4 billion are above the official estimate by nearly $90 million. Learn more here.

     

Coopersburg Awarded Funding for Highway Safety Project

Coopersburg Borough has been awarded $175,000 in state funding for traffic and pedestrian improvements to Route 2045 (Main Street), including pedestrian crosswalks and handicap accessibility at seven key intersections, as well as a quarter-mile of curb, sidewalk, and pedestrian lighting.

It was one of 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects in 22 counties to receive grants through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Learn more here.

Cracking Down on Spoofers

This week, the House unanimously passed legislation that would increase penalties for those found guilty of caller identification spoofing. House Bill 979 would make it a misdemeanor for any person to cause false caller identification information to be displayed on a recipient’s telephone, with the intent to harass or defraud.

Spoofing occurs when individuals use technology to make it appear that a call is coming from a number or business other than that of the actual caller. Spoofing can be used to defraud, harass or induce call recipients into divulging sensitive or confidential information, especially senior citizens.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is accepting applications for toll collector, maintenance, clerical and engineering positions.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week and will not receive benefits. The pay is $11.50 per hour for toll collectors and $11 per hour for other positions.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30. Those who participated in the program previously must re-submit an application for consideration.

All applications MUST be submitted online at www.paturnpike.com/employment, and applications should select “SUMMER WORK” in the first step of the registration process. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Friday, April 6.

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