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80th Anniversary of D-Day Celebrated
Normandy will forever be marked by the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy that led to the liberation of France and Europe. Yesterday we honored the 80th Anniversary of this historic event. “Your name is unknown. Your deed is immortal.”

U.S. Army War College

Today I joined Major General David C. Hill Commandant, United States Army War College at the Class of 2024 Resident Graduation at the Wheelock Bandstand on the Carlisle Barracks. Congratulations graduates and best of luck!


100th Birthday Celebration
On Saturday, it was my honor to present WWII veteran Vance Clelan with a citation at the celebration of his 100th Birthday at the Church of God in Newville. Thank you for your service and happy birthday Vance!


St. Patrick School Summer Send-Off
I had a wonderful time last Friday night visiting with the school and parish community for their end-of-the-year celebration. Enjoy your summer!

Awesum Possum
In April 2019, Steve Fealtman suffered a fatal heart attack while training for a half marathon. His family, friends, comrades, and community know that Steve had always dreamed of organizing a run or hiking event around Opossum Lake.

The Friends of Opossum Lake Conservancy (F.O.L.C) hosts the Awesome Possum event in honor of Steve Fealtman to help achieve his dream and honor his legacy and name.

Steve was a proud US Marine who served from 1981-1985. He continued to serve his community by dedicating his time and serving on the board of F.O.L.C. for 10 years. He was an active outdoorsman who loved kayaking, hiking, biking, running and hunting He spent countless hours enjoying nature and wildlife on the trails and water of Opossum Lake in Carlisle, PA. He also donated many hours of time working alongside volunteers on the Anglers Access Trail that surrounds the lake. This year was the highest attendance ever!

Newville Community 1st Responders Day
I joined local, county and state first responders and met many new constituents at the Newville Community 1st Responders Day held at Oak Flat Elementary School last Saturday. It was a great turn out!

WellSpan Breaks Ground On New Carlisle Hospital & Medical Campus
This week I was happy to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for WellSpan Health and Emerus, the nation’s leading developer of small-format hospitals, for a multifaceted medical campus in the Carlisle area that will provide healthcare to the residents of my district.

The campus, which will be located in South Middleton Township, is in the center of one of the fastest-growing counties in Pennsylvania. It will include a hospital, surgery center and medical office building housing primary and specialty care practices. Welcome to the 199th district!

It’s An Election Year!
Just a week after the President of the United States weaponized the government to attack and convict his political rival for political purposes, which is unprecedented in American history, House Democrats in our state used the rostrum for campaign purposes, which is an ethics violation. We go to great lengths, all members do, to separate legislative work and intent from campaigning, making sure your tax dollars are used appropriately, but the Speaker of the House couldn’t stay within those bounds this week. House Minority Leader, Bryan Cutler, had these words to say after two police officers from Washington, D.C., who work on the Biden-Harris Campaign, were recognized on the House floor, and then proceeded to the steps to campaign:

“The Pennsylvania House Democrats’ good will in this situation is suspect as they immediately used their politicized actions in the House chamber to fundraise for their campaign coffers. Unfortunately, they have, through House processes, demonstrated a pattern of antagonizing members and inviting division and discord for their political and campaign purposes. This is something that is continuing to frustrate our members and is damaging the credibility all the actions of the Democrat majority.”

The continued politicization of the House proceedings by the Democrat majority continues to be unacceptable. We must return order to the House floor and focus on our constituent needs during difficult economic times for everyone.
Monday, June 3, 2024
Bills On 3rd Consideration:
HB 2233 Title 75/towing during an emergency as instructed by law enforcement
HB 2251 Title 75/expediting junk titling for abandoned vehicles
SB 1018 Title 2/provide protection for child victims and witnesses.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Bills on 3rd Consideration:
HB 851 Public School Code/mental health training for high school coaches
HB 1367 Public School Code/providing for Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program
HB 1867 Title 40/prohibiting mandatory electronic credit card payment fees charged to healthcare providers for reimbursement of in-network clinical services
HB 2235 Meat Packing & Food Processing Protection Act/providing for regulation of the meat packing and food processing industry by creating facility health and safety committees in the workplace
May 2024 Financial Brief
May saw General Fund revenues exceed the official monthly estimate by $86.4 million, bringing total collections for the fiscal year to $825.7 million above estimate. While encouraging, there are reasons to be cautious. Tax revenue collections of $40.3 billion through May are a mere 0.4% higher than collections at this point last year. Further, on May 20th, the Independent Fiscal Office released their Initial Revenue Estimate for FY2024-25, which is $337.1 million less than the FY2024-25 revenue estimate included in the Governor’s Executive Budget. You can read more about it here.

It’s Time for Tax Cuts!
State House Republicans held a press conference this week calling on majority House Democrats to bring up for a vote – without amendment or partisan gimmicks – the bipartisan Senate-passed tax cut plan that would reduce the Personal Income Tax and eliminate the Gross Receipts Tax on electricity.

Passage of the tax cut plan would put about $3 billion annually back into the pockets of Pennsylvania taxpayers, helping all our residents deal with the ongoing burden of inflation. The initiative stands in stark contrast to Democrats’ plans to grow the size and cost of government by spending down the state’s reserves, ultimately leading to higher taxes.

We are also introducing our own version of the Senate plan, which would reduce the Personal Income Tax (PIT) rate from 3.07% to 2.8% and eliminate the Gross Receipts Tax on energy, effective on Jan. 1, 2025, providing critical relief from high energy costs.

Watch the press conference here.

Application Deadline Extended for 2023 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
The deadline for senior citizens and Pennsylvanians with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended to Dec. 31.

Income limits for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program increased this year to $45,000 for both homeowners and renters. If you were earning too much to qualify before, you may be eligible now. Remember to exclude 50% of Social Security when determining your income. The law I supported to expand the program also increased the maximum rebate to $1,000.

The program is open to residents age 65 years and older; widows and widowers 50 years and older; and people with disabilities 18 years and older.

Remember – you do not need to pay anyone for assistance to apply for the rebates. Apply online at mypath.pa.gov, or contact my office for help. Additional information about the program is available here

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law.  
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