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District Office
Eberly Business Center
1040 Eberly Way, Suite 250
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
Phone: (724) 437-1105
Fax: (724) 437-1106
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Satellite Offices
Perryopolis Borough Building
312 E. Independence St.
Perryopolis, PA 15473
Phone: (724) 736-2290
Fax: (724) 736-2293
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scottdale Public Library
106 Spring St.
Scottdale, PA 15683
Phone: (724) 887-6140
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Capitol Office
Room B-11, Main Capitol Building
PO Box 202052
Harrisburg PA 17120-2052
Phone: (717) 787-1540
Fax: (717) 783-2945
House Returns to Session to Finish Budget Business
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House Returns to Session to Finish Budget Business
Members of the House will return to voting session at the state Capitol on Monday, Sept. 11, with the goal of finishing up the 2017-18 state budget process.

Among the outstanding items to be resolved is identifying the revenue necessary to fill last year’s budget shortfall. Lawmakers have been standing up for taxpayers by pursuing alternatives to a Senate-approved proposal that seeks to increase taxes on a variety of consumer utility bills and sales taxes on online purchases, among others.

Earlier this week, a group of more than a dozen House members outlined their proposal to make use of taxpayer dollars that appear to be sitting idle in a variety of special government accounts.

The plan is designed to prevent any impacts on jobs, services or agencies while making use of money already collected from taxpayers. The measure also aims to improve transparency regarding how tax dollars are spent.

Other ideas being advanced by the House include further privatization of liquor sales and an expansion of gaming opportunities.

Talks will continue until an agreement is reached.

Taxpayers' Caucus Holds Informational Hearing

This week, the Taxpayers' Caucus held another hearing on the Senate’s proposed state budget tax plan and its effect on small businesses and everyday Pennsylvanians. I voted against the state budget earlier this summer and remain opposed to increased taxes.

Bonus Available to Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans
Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, are reminded to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To qualify, the service member must have:
• Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
• Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
• Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
• Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
• Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
• The deadline to apply for this one-time payment is Aug. 31, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.

Flooding Anniversary Commemorated

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the big flood hit Connellsville and Bullskin. A one-year commemorative picnic recently was held for volunteers, fire responders and families affected by the flood. While this event caused much heartache, it also showed what a great community we have as we pulled together to help those in need.

Don’t Be Scammed by Skimmers
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to be on the lookout for credit or debit card skimmers that steal your information when the card is swiped or inserted.

Often combined with a concealed camera, thieves can also record your Personal Identification Number (PIN). With this information, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases. Additionally, the thieves may sell this information to others.

To help protect yourself, take the following steps:
• Use ATMs in well-lit, secure locations and avoid using ATMs that are stand-alone units in corners of stores or other out-of-the-way locations.
• Look at the card reader slot and surrounding areas to see if anything looks out of place, mismatched or loose.
• Consider using your credit card instead of your debit card to avoid compromising your PIN and to gain other consumer protections.
• Choose gas pumps that are closer to and within the line of vision of the cashiers.
• Check your bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report any unfamiliar activity immediately.

Read more here.

Meeting Hosted with Local Government Leaders

Last month, Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and I hosted two meetings with local government leaders. After a legislative update, a roundtable discussion followed. I enjoy hosting events like this so we can better identify ways the state can assist local government.

Never Forget the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001
This Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The loved ones lost will be honored and remembered in observances across the country, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the four planes hijacked that day crashed.

More information about the Flight 93 Memorial and planned observances is available here.

Out and About!
Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) and I, along with the fair queen and princess, welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to the Dawson Grange Community Fair. Agriculture is one of the state’s leading industries.
The 89th annual Bullskin Township Community Fair was held in August. It was great to see so many people at the event.
Recently, I recorded a legislative update on two treasures in the 52nd Legislative District – West Overton Village and the Connellsville Canteen Museum. West Overton Village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a stop on the American Whiskey Trail. Connellsville Canteen Museum keeps the history of Fayette County alive and showcases residents’ sacrifices and contributions that played an essential part during World War II.

Upcoming Events                                   

Scottdale Fall Festival
– Sept. 15-17, 1 Centennial Way, Scottdale.

Washington's Mill Festival – Sept. 15-17, Sampey Park, Adams Street, Perryopolis.

Senior Expo with Sen. Pat Stefano – Thursday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Penn Fayette, 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furance.

Concealed Carry Seminar – Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Connellsville Sportsman Association, 2490 Moyer Road, Connellsville.
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Capitol Office: Room B-11, Main Capitol Building, PO Box 202052, Harrisburg PA 17120-2052 | (717) 787-1540 
District Office: 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 250, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456 I Phone: (724) 437-1105
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