State Budget Process Underway
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State Budget Process Underway
The annual state budget process got underway this week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.

After two years of pushing significant increases in the state income and sales taxes – and having those efforts rejected by the General Assembly – the governor finally put forward a more realistic proposal to serve as a starting point for this year’s budget negotiations.

As proposed, the $32.3 billion plan would still require new revenue to balance. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be combing through the details of the plan looking for additional savings for taxpayers. The committee will start its series of budget hearings on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Click here for the full schedule of budget hearings.  
Second Grant-Writing Seminar Being Planned for Local Governments, Nonprofits
Due to a very positive response, a grant-writing seminar planned for Friday, Feb. 17, is now filled to capacity. To help even more local government and nonprofit organizations with this important task, my office is planning a second seminar in the summer or fall.

The seminar, conducted by Penn State Cooperative Extension, will offer valuable information for grant writers of all skill levels. Topics to be addressed include: 
  • Assessing grant options and opportunities.
  • Building relationships with foundations and funders.
  • Maximizing grant search efforts.
  • Developing an effective proposal that showcases the organization’s strengths.
  • Understanding how proposals are reviewed.
  • Measuring results.

Anyone interested in attending the seminar later this year should contact the Mifflinburg office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052 to be placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted when the details of the event are available.

Trout Stocking Schedules Online and On the Go!
Local anglers can find out when their favorite fishing hole will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, as the annual Trout Stocking Guides are now available online and on the commission’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.

The commission stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling each year. This includes approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. The average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.

The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 15, and a Mentored Youth Trout Day is set for Saturday, April 8. Learn more about the program here

For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, or to check the online schedule, click here.  

Veterans Assistance Available at Mifflinburg Office

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, will be available at the Mifflinburg office this Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will assist veterans with services such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service.

Falls will be available at the office on the last Wednesday of each month. 
Grants Support Area First Responders 
Nearly 20 area fire and emergency response organizations were awarded grants through the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Program this week. These grants, funded by state gaming proceeds, allow emergency responders to better afford training, equipment, facility improvements and other needs.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations in Snyder County: Bannerville Volunteer Fire Company, McClure; Beaver Springs Volunteer Fire Company and Beaver Springs Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Club, Beaver Springs; Dauntless Hook and Ladder Ambulance League and Dauntless Hook and Ladder Company, Selinsgrove; Fremont Fire Department, Mount Pleasant Mills; Kratzerville Volunteer Fire Company, Selinsgrove; Kreamer Volunteer Fire Company and EMS, Kreamer; Penns Creek Ambulance Club and Penns Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Penns Creek; Reliance Hose Company No. 1, Middleburg; and Rescue Hose Company and EMS, Beavertown.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations in Snyder County: New Berlin Fire Company No. 1 and EMS, New Berlin; Union County West End Ambulance and Rescue Association, Laurelton; Union County West End Fire Company, Millmont; and Union Township Fire Company, Winfield. 
Help Available by Dialing 2-1-1 
The state House adopted a resolution this week to raise awareness of the 2-1-1 service provided by the United Way. By dialing 2-1-1, people are instantly connected to a wealth of information about their area’s nonprofit and human service providers. This “one stop shop” helps people cut through red tape and more easily find the help they need. Learn more at
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