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Weekly Session Wrap-Up--State Senator Mensch's Report

      Week of June 11, 2018 In this Edition: Mensch Urges Governor to Sign Bill Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities Senate ...

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Smucker and Foxx Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) today sent a letter to ...

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Conservative Icon Charles Krauthammer Faces Death with Dignity

~ Conservative Zone The former Democrat who emerged as a leading conservative voice influenced American thought through words and inspired millions ...

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Study: Fewer Children of Divorce Get Degrees

Research considers impact of divorce on professional degree achievement Getty Images BY: Charles Fain Lehman/ the Washington Free Beacon The children of divorced parents ...

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Man Gets 6 Years in Prison for Threatening Sen. Joni Ernst

AP   Katherine Rodriguez/Breitbart News Network A judge sentenced an Iowa man to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for sending a ...

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Justice Department IG Report: FBI Agents Regularly Received Free Handouts From Journalists

Joe Simonson / @SaysSimonson / The Daily Signal Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, speaks at a press conference on the ...

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IG REPORT: COMEY CLAIMED DOJ PROSECUTORS WERE INTIMIDATED BY ‘HIGH-POWERED’ CLINTON LAWYERS

Kerry Picket | Reporter The Daily Caller Former FBI Director James Comey and other bureau employees told investigators they thought Department of Justice prosecutors ...

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Major Revelation From Recent IG Report Shows Obama Had DIRECT ACCESS To Hillary’s Illegal Email Server

by Doyle Alexander /en-volve     A recent report compiled by U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz makes public new allegations and contradicts ...

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Where’s The Justice?! Obama Appointed Judge Pulls One Straight Out Of The Russian Play Book, JAILS Manafort

by Doyle Alexander /envolve   In a soviet-style court-move leftist Obama appointee Judge Amy Berman known for hatred of Trump and conservatives said, “I ...

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Report: GOP Leaders Hammer Rosenstein Over ‘Intimidation’ Tactics and ‘Chilling’ Threats

By Chris Agee /WJ Some Republicans are ratcheting up the rhetoric against Rod Rosenstein following recent reports. The deputy U.S. attorney general, who assumed ...

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New Study Shows How Dems’ $15 Wage Hike Would Hurt the Very People They’re Trying to Help

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A new study released from the University of California, Irvine revealed a startling relationship between raising the minimum wage, a popular policy among Democrats, and poverty.

The study found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage led to a roughly 3 percent increase in poverty and government dependency over three decades.

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This Supreme Court Case Could Change Online Shopping Overnight

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By Jonathon Hauenschild @fee.org

Online commerce as we know it could soon radically change.

In a case it recently heard, the Supreme Court could eliminate the current requirement that a business have some physical connection with a state before the state can tax the business. If that were to happen, consumers would pay more for goods ordered online, small businesses and entrepreneurs offering services and products online would disappear, and people would have fewer options from which to purchase items.

The Case of the Commerce Clause

The Framers of the Constitution included the Commerce Clause, which gave Congress alone the authority to regulate commerce between the states and to solve interstate trade wars that arose during the Articles of Confederation.

When the

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Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years

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Overall enrollment in the nation’s food stamp program has dipped to its lowest level in eight years, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The latest USDA data reveals that enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the federal government program that administers food stamps—dropped to 40,083,954 in March 2018.

The last time enrollment in the food stamp program reached that level was February 2010, when 39,588,993 people participated in the nation’s food stamp program.

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Credit Card Payments Abruptly Stopped on Some Gun-Related Purchases

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Thanks to Intuit, many small businesses experienced issues when paying for firearm-related purchases. (Photo: Milkos/Getty Images)

Intuit abruptly ceased processing credit card payments without notice in recent weeks on some firearms and firearms-related purchases, some of which were already shipped to customers.

Several small businesses experienced issues when payments on purchases were refunded to the customers rather than processed, the New York Post reported Monday. Sales on firearms, safety training classes, and gun-related gear like T-shirts were also impacted.

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Workshop on community revitalization tax credits planned at state Capitol–Sen. Argall

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Workshop on community revitalization tax credits planned at state Capitol

HARRISBURG – Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will hold a workshop on the state’s community revitalization tax credit programs with various stakeholders on Monday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m.

 

The workshop is being co-chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), chair of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, and Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-Chester/Delaware), chair of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, and will feature individuals who utilize the tax credits.

 

One of the key tax credit programs, the state’s historic preservation tax credit program, was established in 2012. The program is set to end in 2020.

 

“As someone who represents many older downtowns, these

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State Representative Justin Simmons Report

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Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact The Weekly Roundup Friday, June 15, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol

Saving Our Ambulance Services

With ambulance companies in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state struggling to keep their doors open, lawmakers and EMS personnel gathered at the state Capitol recently and issued a call to action on legislation to help ensure fair reimbursement for services provided.

House Bill 699 would increase the Medicaid reimbursement

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Small Business Optimism Jumps to Second Highest Level in Measure’s 45-Year History; Tax Cuts Credited

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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in May determined small business enthusiasm to be at its second highest point since it started tracking the measure in 1973.

The NFIB’s small business optimism index reached 107.8 in May, a 3 point increase from the prior month and the highest since the record of 108.0 in 1983, CNBC reported.

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Trump’s Approval Rating Just Embarrassed A Previous POTUS

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By Andrew West /Constitution The presidency of Donald Trump has proven to be one of the most incredible and unlikely success stories of the 21st century so far, and we’re only now getting started.

It was completely acceptable to believe that Donald Trump was going to have a hard time winning over the nation at large. That was a totally reasonable feeling to have given that he was a New York City non-politico who invited Hillary Clinton to his wedding, and not to mention that he would be facing a “resistance” from the left the likes of which no one in our nation had seen before. There was a reasonable expectation of tough times ahead for the populist President, but the man has

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