Feb. 10, 2017

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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...

Focused on Creating a Brighter Future for Pennsylvania

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The annual state budget process got underway this week, when my House colleagues and I were part of a joint session of the General Assembly to hear the governor’s budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Tuesday. The governor provided a brief outline of his proposal spending plan. As we move forward with this year’s budget process, I want to share my thoughts with you about what I think is most important.

As a legislator, my goal continues to be centered on creating a brighter future for our state and all of its citizens so that every Pennsylvanian has the ability to fulfil his or her own American Dream. I am focused on generating future prosperity by getting more of our family, friends and neighbors great paying jobs, by emphasizing the employment opportunities we have in our region, and by ensuring our future workforce is educated, and is able to pursue any career path we have available.

One of the things I plan to keep in mind throughout this budget process is continuing to find new ways to fund our budgets. We need to find creative ways to save, while relying less on our taxpayers. I will continue to be part of a process to implement changes to our debt-ridden public pension system so that retirees and current employees are guaranteed what has been promised to them, and future employees of this state have retirement plans that are attractive, yet affordable for our taxpayers.

I look forward to working with my House colleagues, the Senate and the governor to create a budget that meets Pennsylvania’s needs. We need to reprioritize our spending, consolidate and streamline where we can, and make sure our taxpayers are getting the very best from their government.

The next step in the budget-crafting process will be the budget hearings in the House, which will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Click here for more information about the schedule.  
2017 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available Online

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. Paper copies will be available in our district office in the coming weeks. Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. To view the list, simply go to fishandboat.com, click on the link “Fish” in the upper right corner, then select Trout Stocking Schedules. From there, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.” For anglers with smartphones, an even easier way to view the schedules is through the FishBoatPA app, which is available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Connecting Nonprofits Through 2-1-1

To raise awareness of a free service by the United Way that partners local nonprofits and social service groups together to help assist Pennsylvanians in need, the House passed House Resolution 49 recognizing Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania.”

By dialing 2-1-1, people are instantly connected to a wealth of information related to their area’s nonprofit and human service providers. This “one stop shop” helps people cut through red tape and more easily find the help they need. These services are offered on a regionalized approach, ensuring that people are helped by their neighbors and people in their own community. More information is available at pa211.org.
District Office Services
Schuylkill Haven District Office
988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
The hours at the Schuylkill Haven office are as follows: Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Satellite Office Hours
Pine Grove - American Legion

42 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove
By appointment only.

Gratz Community Center
125 N Center St., Gratz
First Thursday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tri-Valley Public Library
633 East Main St., Hegins
Every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Northern Dauphin Human Services Building
295 State Drive, Elizabethville
Fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tower City - Municipal Building
(Mayor’s office)
219 E. Colliery Ave., Tower City
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 to schedule.
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Office Locations
988 Route 61 South, East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 | Phone (toll free) (855) 271-9384
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown, PA  Phone (717) 647-7208
4B East Wing, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2147 
Email: mtobash@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614