Sep. 15, 2017

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A Budget That Puts People First
In working to
complete the 2017-18 budget package, the state House this week approved legislation to generate enough revenue to close the projected budget gap. The “Putting People First” revenue package stands up for taxpayers by providing a fiscally responsible plan which contains no new or increased taxes or borrowing.

The revenues to fund the $1.5 billion deficit from 2016-17, as well as the anticipated revenue needed for the current budget of approximately $600 million, would come from legislative reserves; transfers from special accounts with excess or dormant funding; other fund transfers; multi-year agency lapsed funds; gaming reform proceeds; liquor transfers; and the sale of a portion of the Tobacco Settlement money.

The various transfers are not expected to negatively impact any current or future program or service to state residents.

The measure now goes to the Senate for concurrence. For more information, visit PAHouseGOP.com.

Helping Our Veterans
Legislation to help veterans and their
spouses by enhancing their eligibility for state programs and services passed the House this week.

House Bill 980 would exempt 100 percent of a veteran’s federal disability compensation or pension from income calculations for any state program or benefit, such as the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). (Under current law, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program already excludes this income.)

In addition, the legislation would extend the exclusion of the compensation benefits to the veteran’s unmarried surviving spouse.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Keeping Your Personal Info Safe … In light of recent news about a data breach at Equifax, a national credit-reporting agency, residents are encouraged to learn more about identity theft and how to protect their information from being used fraudulently.

It is unknown how many Pennsylvanian consumers the breach has affected; however, the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General is leading a national investigation into the data breach.

In the meantime, consumers are urged to be proactive in monitoring their credit reports and financial account statements, such as credit cards and utilities, and in reporting any suspicious activity to the attorney general office’s hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or atscams@attorneygeneral.gov.

The Federal Trade Commission has also provided identitytheft.gov, an identity theft prevention website.

What Do You Think about Highway Safety? … Motorists are encouraged to submit their input on a number of highway issues, such as highway safety, traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors, as part of PennDOT’s annual online survey.

The brief survey is available until Sept. 27, and focuses on seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age and county of residence.

Last year, 6,619 people responded to the survey. As a result of this feedback and recent trends in crash data, PennDOT has further increased its usage of social media to share highway safety information and is highlighting personal responsibility in future media campaigns.

To complete the survey, click here.
 
 
Committee Updates
Monday, Sept. 11
Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts:
Public hearing pursuant to House Resolution 131.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Judiciary:
Informational meeting to discuss the state Supreme Court ruling on the sex offender system.
 
Rep. Delozier in the Community

• Last week I hosted, along with MidPenn Legal Services and the Cumberland County Bar Association, my first of several free “Older and Wiser” informational seminars. The events feature topics geared toward older adults, their families and caregivers. Seating is limited. Please RSVP in advance by contacting my office at 717-761-4665, or register online at RepDelozier.com. The remaining seminars from 9-10:30 a.m. are:

Protection Through Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
• Oct. 5, at Bethany Village, 325 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg.

Learning about Last Wills and Living Trusts
• Sept. 21, at the Mechanicsburg Senior Center, 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg.
• Oct. 12, at the Essex House, 20 N. 12th St., Lemoyne.


• Yesterday, I held one of my annual town hall meetings to discuss issues of importance to those in the 88th District. We had a good crowd at the Upper Allen Municipal Building. If you missed the first meeting, feel free to attend the next one on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lower Allen Township Building, 2233 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill. Please RSVP by contacting my office at 717-761-4665, or register online at RepDelozier.com.


• Lower Allen Fire Company No. 1 formally dedicated its 9/11 Memorial to honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Thank you to the community for helping to make this memorial a reality.
                                                           
• The Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg held a Patriot Day Commemoration to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and recognize those who continue to fight for our freedom. The ceremony was a very moving tribute and a nice way to start the day.
• The Community Outreach Committee of the Borough of Mechanicsburg, in cooperation with several area churches, honored and blessed our first responders at a ceremony on Sept. 11. The event was a unique way to mark this important day in history and thank our local first responders.
• The sixth annual Pennsylvania EMS Memorial Service was held at the Capitol earlier this week. As part of the ceremony, the second annual Pennsylvania EMS Memorial Bike Ride from the Flight 93 memorial to the Capitol concluded during the memorial service. It was a fitting way to remember all those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
• This week is the 90th annual Cumberland County Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention. This year the convention is hosted by Citizens Fire and Rescue No. 2 in Mechanicsburg. It was a pleasure to address our volunteer firefighters during the banquet portion of the events.
   
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