May. 15, 2024

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Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 15, marks Peace Officers Memorial Day.

First established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, the day is designed to pay tribute to the brave local, state and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. The day falls during National Police Week, which is being observed from May 12-18.

We are blessed by the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect, and particularly those who have sacrificed their lives to protect public safety. If you see a peace officer, please thank them for their service this week.

Business Tours in the 199th
In honor of small business week being observed in May, I toured several Newville small businesses!

Trent Bond, founder/co-owner of ShipDaddy, LLC, and staff.

Brian Magee, owner of Shuman’s Gun Shop LTD, and staff.

Welcome New Businesses
May brought several grand openings for new businesses in our area. Thank you for your contribution to our community and welcome to the 199th House District!

• Birch and Iris Boutique
• Bourbon Cowgirl Boutique

Happy Anniversary
The month of May marks anniversaries for several of our local businesses. Congratulations to Carlisle Kung Fu Center celebrating its 23rd anniversary and Athena Mobility & Strength celebrating its 10th anniversary and a new location. Local representatives, Sheryl Delozier, Thomas Kutz and I, also gave a 70th-year citation to the Cumberland Valley FFA Chapter.
Slate Ridge Mennonite School
On Monday, I was happy to welcome Mr. High and students from grades 4, 5, 6 and 8 from Slate Ridge Mennonite School to the Capitol.

Carlisle Connectivity Project to Begin in Carlisle Borough
PennDOT announced that work on the Carlisle Connectivity Project, a streetscape project that includes the construction of a roundabout in Carlisle Borough, Cumberland County, is scheduled to begin next week.

This project includes the streetscape improvements on Route 11 (Hanover Street) from North Street to McBride Avenue, Route 34 (Carlisle Springs Road) from Route 11 to Hamilton Street, Fairground Avenue from Penn Street to the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, drainage upgrades, the construction of a roundabout at the five-legged intersection of Route 11 (Hanover Street), Fairground Avenue and Penn Street, and improvements to the Route 11/Route 34 intersection, including a realignment of the intersection and the installation of a traffic signal.

Weather permitting, work will begin Monday, May 20. Initial work will consist of water line work that will begin at the southern end of North Hanover Street and progress northward.

There will be lane restrictions under flagging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This may cause delays. Some work may be performed during other hours but will be off the roadway and will not impact traffic.

All work is expected to be completed by December of 2025, so patience is a virtue in this regard.

2024-25 Cumberland County Fiscal Budget on View
The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved placing the 2024-25 Fiscal Budget on public view. The total revenue in the fiscal budget is $88 million, predominantly consisting of Human Services funding.

The fiscal budget is primarily funded by grants from state and federal sources covering 78.4% of the budget, or $69 million. County subsidy and additional funding sources cover the remaining 21.6% of the budget.

In addition to the fiscal budget up for approval, the calendar budget includes the general fund, public safety and several other funds. The calendar budget is typically approved in early December.

The Cumberland County Fiscal Budget is scheduled for approval during the Board of Commissioners Meeting, Thursday, June 6, at 9:30 a.m.

Residents can view the Cumberland County Fiscal Budget online, here on Questica OpenBook, or in-person at the Cumberland County Commissioners Office, Room 200, One Courthouse Square, Carlisle, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Unemployment Compensation Information
It’s that time of year when school bus drivers and other seasonal employees will be filing unemployment claims for the summer. The Office of Unemployment Compensation has some new resources for you!

School Bus Drivers Click Here.
Closure This Weekend on Cavalry Road
PennDOT announced that a closure is scheduled for this weekend, May 17-20, for Cavalry Road (Route 1001) at the Route 34 (Spring Road)/Cavalry Road intersection improvement and resurfacing project in North Middleton and Middlesex townships, Cumberland County.

Weather permitting, Cavalry Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, to 6 a.m. Monday, May 20, from Suncrest Drive to Route 34. This closure will be in place so the contractor can complete full-depth reconstruction of the Calvary Road intersection with Route 34. A detour will be in place using Cavalry Road, Route 11, and Route 34.

In addition to the closure of Calvary Road, Route 34 (Spring Road) will be reduced to a single lane of traffic controlled by flagging. If the contractor is unable to work this weekend, a backup date is set for May 31 to June 3.

This project includes reconstruction of the intersection of Route 34 and Cavalry Road and resurfacing and other construction on Route 34 from Route 944 (Enola Road) to the Carlisle Borough line, and on Cavalry Road from Route 34 to Route 11 (Harrisburg Pike).

When the work at the intersection has been completed, the contractor will complete paving on Route 34 and Cavalry Road. There will be short-term lane restrictions under flagging Sunday through Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., with the option for Friday night work as a rain date. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during non-work hours.

Pennsy Supply, Inc., of Harrisburg is the prime contractor on this $4,242,793 project. Work is expected to be completed by July 25.
New Crime-Fighting Tool for Public
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recently unveiled PSP Tips, a new way for the public to share information related to active investigations, cold cases, the apprehension of wanted persons or locating missing persons.

PSP Tips includes information about nearly 100 cold case homicides, missing persons and other unsolved crimes. New cases will be added frequently.

Your tip could provide investigators with a long-awaited breakthrough that will finally bring closure and justice for the victims’ families. All information submitted to PSP Tips can be provided anonymously, if desired.

All cases in which PSP requests public assistance can be viewed on Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter).  

Submit information using the toll-free phone number, 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477), or online here.
PA Needs Tax Cuts, Energy Savings Plan
I joined House Republican leaders this week in voicing support for a historic tax cut and energy savings plan passed by the state Senate to help working families, job creators and energy consumers across the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 269 would reduce the state Personal Income Tax (PIT) rate from 3.07% to 2.8%, putting more money in the wallets of every Pennsylvanian who earns a paycheck. The bill would also eliminate the Gross Receipts Tax on energy, effective on Jan. 1, 2025, providing critical relief from high energy costs.

The largest tax cut for working families in the Commonwealth’s history would save taxpayers an estimated $13 billion over the next five years and inject an additional $3 billion into the state’s economy. This stands in stark contrast to efforts by majority House Democrats and the Shapiro Administration to grow the size and cost of government, placing an increasingly heavy financial burden on future generations.

We are calling on majority House Democrats to bring this bill up for a vote so we can give our citizens the relief they need and deserve. With county tax increases, trash service increases and school tax increases on the horizon, as well as inflationary costs of food and gas, we urge some relief to the taxpayer in this pending legislation.
Armed Forces Day Saturday
Saturday, May 18, is Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the men and women who are currently serving in a branch of our armed forces.

The day was first celebrated in 1950, soon after the branches of the military were united under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense. In his proclamation marking the day, President Harry S. Truman called upon fellow citizens to “display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and to participate in exercises expressive of our recognition of the skill, gallantry, and uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in the carrying out of their missions.”
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and continuing the fight against the stigma people face when seeking help.

In Pennsylvania, mental health services are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services programs. To learn more about mental health care in Pennsylvania, click here

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. 
Food Processing Residuals Update
The final meeting of the State FPR Workgroup occurred on May 2, with draft legislation and final comments being heard. The legislation will be updated in order to point directly to the Solid Waste Management Act and amend the Food Processing Residual Manual changes. A broker/hauler training and certification will also be added to the legislation and the conservation districts will need time to update their FPR plans and best management practices, with particular emphasis applied to odor and water safety. There will be two pieces of legislation, sponsored in a bipartisan manner, with two democrats and two republicans supporting the bills. We are anticipating this legislation will be introduced and work its way through the House and Senate by the end of July, along with the budget. I also presented this information at this week’s Western Council of Governments meeting at the West Pennsboro Township municipal building.

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