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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 GOP Continues Fight for Responsible Budgeting
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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

House GOP Continues Fight for Responsible Budgeting
After another session week in Harrisburg, we still don’t have a revenue plan to pay for the Fiscal Year 17-18 state budget passed in June. This is why I cast a “no” vote this summer. You can’t vote for a spending plan without knowing how you are going to pay for it.

With that said, House Republicans continue to fight for a more responsible, less burdensome solution.

Unable to gather support for any of the various funding proposals he agreed to, the governor stepped away from negotiations last week. In place of legislation, he has unilaterally decided to leverage the state’s liquor system for a lump sum payment. Lawmakers are reviewing the proposal and its legality.

The question needs to be asked: If the governor intended to borrow against the liquor stores, why didn’t he do this earlier, in time to prevent the credit downgrade?

Lawmakers did approve two important measures that will help save taxpayer dollars in the long run. House Bill 785 would enact substantial debt reduction and responsible debt management policies that would save taxpayers an estimated $3.14 billion in debt service over the next 20 years. House Bill 785 heads back to the Senate for consideration.

The House also approved a key welfare reform measure that could ultimately require physically and mentally able adults to meet work requirements in order to receive benefits. Under the bill, the state Department of Human Services would seek approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the requirement. House Bill 59 will go to the governor’s desk for his signature.

In September, I spent a full day in Edward Elnikar’s classes at Frazier Elementary School. We discussed the three branches of government and how a bill becomes a law. These students rock!
To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing was dyed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. Every day, 37 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania, and more than 2,000 Pennsylvania women die each year from the disease. However, more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive today in the United States.

Out and About!

My children joined me for the Scottdale Fall Festival. This annual three-day event features a wide variety of handmade crafts, dog show, parade, a variety of food, live entertainment and more. If you’ve never attended, I urge you to attend next year. For more information, please visit

During the Washington’s Mill Festival in Perryopolis, I had the honor of portraying George Washington and leading the parade. This annual festival celebrates the area’s rich colonial heritage.

In September, I helped unveil a historical marking commemorating the site of the nation’s first iron puddling furnace. The marker is located at Uniontown Kawasaki off Route 51 just outside Smock. Big thanks to the Fayette County Historical Society and Rick Travalena of Uniontown Kawasaki for making this possible!

Sen. Pat Stefano and I held our annual Senior Expo at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. A large crowd gained important information from government agencies and nonprofit organizations. It was great to see so many people!

Sister Mary Agnes Kirsch recently was honored in Connellsville for her 18 years of service to the Connellsville Catholic Community. Sept.24 was declared “Sister Mary Agnes Kirsch Day,” and the archive room for the Connersville Catholic Community was designated “The Sister Mary Agnes Kirsch Room.” It was an honor to present Sister Mary with a certificate of recognition during the festivities.
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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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