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Town Hall Meeting Set for Feb. 26

In order to garner local input on issues relevant to what the Legislature is doing in Harrisburg, I am once again hosting a series of town hall meetings in 2019.

The topic of the first town hall meeting is school safety. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, 305 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle.

I benefit greatly by hearing your opinions on important topics, and these forums have always had intelligent and respectful discussion. I hope to see you there!
Budget Hearings Focus on Accountability in Tax Dollar Spending

The House Appropriations Committee held its first series of 2019-20 state budget hearings this week. The hearings are designed to give Appropriation Committee members the opportunity to question state officials about their department’s funding requests and to ensure that state government is accountable for how it spends taxpayer dollars.

This week we heard from the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the departments of Revenue, Aging, and Conservation and Natural Resources.

The next week of hearings, beginning Monday, Feb. 25, will feature the departments of Corrections, General Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Transportation, along with the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board. The full schedule is available here.
On the Air

Last Sunday morning, I was the guest on “Face The State with Robb Hanrahan,” which aired on CBS 21. We discussed the governor’s budget proposal and some of my pending legislation. You can watch the program here.

Don’t Get Scammed This Tax Season

As tax season begins, it is important to protect yourself and your family from scams and phishing schemes designed to steal your money or personal financial information.

One common scam to keep an eye out for involves phony “Final Demand for Payment” notices threatening the seizure of a taxpayer’s property if the recipient of the notice fails to make immediate payment.

Also beware of phishing schemes that use fraudulent email messages, deceptive software or malicious files that are designed to steal sensitive information, such as passwords, usernames or personal financial information.

To avoid these scams, you should not provide any personal information until you are sure you are speaking to a legitimate representative, keep an eye out for vague communications and never click on suspicious links or attachments.

Any scenario in which you are asked to pay your debt with reloadable debit cards, gift cards or money wiring services is also a scam. No government agencies use these methods for payment.

If you think you are a victim of identity theft or discover a fraudulent Pennsylvania personal income tax return was filed using your identity, contact the Department of Revenue’s Fraud Detection and Analysis Unit at 717-772-9297 or
Helping Veterans

Ensuring Pennsylvania’s 800,000 veterans get the benefits they have earned is an important mission of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and state lawmakers.

We host veterans’ outreach hours on various days during the month at my district offices to assist veterans with issues they may be having accessing benefits and services. Please call (717) 749-7384 to schedule an appointment.

Veterans are also encouraged to sign up for the DMVA’s Veterans Registry at to get timely information about state benefits, programs and services.
Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available

Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

Copies of the schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online at the PFBC website or the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. A limited number of hard copies of the schedules may also be obtained at my district offices.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for Pennsylvania’s southeastern counties. The rest of the state will open on Saturday, April 13.
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