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What’s Next in PA Budget Negotiations?

After 11 days of hearings over the past three weeks, the House Appropriations Committee’s questioning of Wolf Administration officials about the 2017-18 state budget proposal has come to an end. Representatives from more than two dozen state departments and agencies testified, and I took the opportunity to question many of them about what steps they are taking to save money and improve their levels of efficiency. Click on the video above to learn more about my takeaways from this year’s budget hearings. If you are interested in videos of the full hearings or written testimony, they are available here
Investing More in Local Roads
PennDOT announced last week that municipalities will receive nearly $466.2 million from liquid fuels revenue to invest in local roads, marking a 5 percent increase, or $20.9 million, over last year.

This funding will allow municipalities to help pay for expenses such as snow removal and road maintenance. More than 60 percent of public roads in Pennsylvania are maintained by local governments. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally owned roads.

For the complete list of local payments, visit the “Municipal Liquid Fuels Program” page at www.penndot.gov under the “Doing Business” Local Government page.
Program Offers Assistance with Septic Systems
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), together with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, offers a program with low-interest loans to homeowners to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.

Assistance is available to eligible homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system or to connect for the first time to a public sewer system. More information can be found here.  
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend
Daylight saving time starts this Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., so be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before heading to bed Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which should also be replaced every 10 years. 
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