2018-19 State Budget Earns House Approval
6/22/2018
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2018-19 State Budget Earns House Approval


More than a week before the June 30 budget deadline, the General Assembly has approved and sent to the governor a $32.7 billion spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year that does NOT increase your taxes. The governor is expected to sign the bill.

We are in the position to complete an on-time, fiscally responsible budget this year because of the hard-working people of this Commonwealth. And because members of the House Republican Caucus stood firm against the increased spending and taxes pushed by the Wolf administration over the last four years.
                
         
Impact Fee Generates More Than $209 Million in 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced this week the distribution of more than $209 million in impact fees collected from the natural gas industry in 2017. This is an increase of $36 million over the prior year’s collection and is more than the drilling tax collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined – despite these four states combining to produce more natural gas than Pennsylvania.

Under the act, both Snyder and Union counties will receive a portion of money committed to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state. Snyder County will receive $36,040.87, and Union County will receive $40,580.26.

Over the past seven years, the PUC has collected and distributed more than $1.4 billion in impact fees to communities across Pennsylvania.
                  
         
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Middlecreek Area Community Center Kids Fair: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MACC, 67 Elm St., Beaver Springs. FREE event includes bounce houses, kids activities and games, safety and educational information, and free hot dogs. The event is sponsored by MACC and the Snyder County Coalition for Kids. Click here for additional information.

Mifflinburg Garden Tour: Sunday, June 24, 1-6 p.m. at various locations. Enjoy landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor entertaining, art, music, demonstrations and refreshments in private gardens throughout Union County. The event benefits the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum. Tickets are $10 per person and will only be available at the museum beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Click here for additional information.

Union County Veterans’ 4th of July Hometown Independence Day Celebration: Tuesday through Saturday, June 26-30, in Lewisburg. Celebrate our nation’s birth and recognize our veterans for their contribution and service to our country. This year’s celebration includes a Freedom Bike Ride, a band concert, fireworks extravaganza, 4th of July parade, veterans’ recognition ceremony, USO gala dinner dance, picnics, music and more. Click here for additional information and a schedule of events.

Bannerville Volunteer Fire Company 69 Years of Service Celebration: Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, at Bannerville Fire Company Station 140, 7547 Stage Road, McClure. This two-day festival includes a chicken barbecue dinner and Christian band performance Friday night. Saturday will include an all-you-can-eat breakfast, vendors, gun raffle, parade and more. Click here for additional details.

Selinsgrove Pool Dash & Splash 5K Run/Walk: Saturday, June 30 (rain or shine). Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. at the Selinsgrove Middle School. The $20 registration fee includes race, pool bag, one-day pool pass and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a family membership for 2018 or 2019. Then join us after the race for a Free Swim Day, games and “Run Away Stroller” performance. All proceeds benefit the Selinsgrove Pool. Click here for additional information and a link to register.

Walk It! Bike It! Supported Bike Ride: Wednesday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ride “To the West End and Beyond!” Riders start at the Susquehanna River (at Lewisburg Landing), ride through town, follow the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, cross Route 45, and continue on to Swengel Road, Creek Road, etc. out to the Cherry Run Trail. Distance of the ride is 34 miles. Supported. Cost is $75 per person, with shuttle and catered lunch included. Click here for additional information.
                  
         
New Fireworks Law in Effect for Independence Day

Pennsylvanians celebrating Independence Day in Pennsylvania will have more options for purchasing fireworks, thanks to a new law passed last fall.

Under the new law, consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.

“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than 2 grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.

Several restrictions are in place regarding where fireworks can be ignited or discharged, including having express permission of the property owner. Fireworks cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building, toward a motor vehicle or building or within 150 feet of an occupied structure. Also, it is recommended to check on any applicable local ordinances.

Anyone 18 years or older can purchase fireworks. They are legal to be sold at any licensed facility, including temporary ones. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15-July 8, and Dec. 21-Jan. 2 each year.

For more information on the law and fireworks, click here.
                  
         
July 4 Marks PA’s Second Fish-for-Free Day

The second Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania will be held Wednesday, July 4. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply.

For more about fishing in PA, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website.
                  
         
Need Help with Veterans Benefits?

In appreciation for their service, both the state and federal governments offer a number of benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. If you have questions about or need assistance with obtaining these benefits, several options are available to help you.

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, is available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each subsequent month. You need not be a member of the American Legion to obtain this assistance with issues 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.

Both Union and Snyder counties also have offices of Veterans Affairs to assist you.
  • Union County Office of Veterans Affairs – Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. The telephone number is 570-524-8677, and the office is available online here.
  • Snyder County Office of Veterans Affairs – Snyder County East Building, 713 Bridge St. Suite 10, Selinsgrove. The telephone number is 570-374-0181, and the office is available online here.

         
 
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here!
                  
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