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District Office
988 East Main Street
Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
Toll-free: 855-271-9384
Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri. -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building
200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
Hours:
Tues. - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fri. - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Capitol Office
4B East Wing
PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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A Budget That Puts People First
9/15/2017
 
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A Budget That Puts People First
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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.
 

We Remember 9.11.01
On Monday, Sept. 11, the nation somberly remembered the 16th anniversary of one of the worst days in American history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and here in Pennsylvania. All United States and Commonwealth flags were ordered by the governor to be lowered to half-staff on Sept. 11.

At an observance ceremony at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Tom Wolf were in attendance, as well as many family and friends of loved ones lost. During Pence’s moving remarks, he said, “I will always believe, I and many others in D.C. were able to go home on 9/11 and hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of Flight 93.” Pence was in Washington, D.C. the day of the attacks serving as a member of Congress, and the U.S. Capitol was later thought to be a possible target for that hijacked flight. Click here to learn more about that Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville.
                                    

Pennsylvania Stands with Texas and Florida

As our nation comes together to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I want to share some information about Pennsylvanians who are lending aid, and how those who still might like to help may do so. PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force personnel were sent to Alabama to coordinate with teams already working in Texas before the storm in Florida. Several members of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team went to Florida when the U.S. Forest Service requested aid to help with debris cleanup and supervise saw crews. More than 200 Pennsylvania National Guard troops were deployed to Texas to assist in recovery efforts. We thank all these men and women for their efforts in helping our southern neighbors during their time of need. Click here for a list of current disasters, volunteer sign ups and other information.
                                    

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony
Area Vietnam veterans are invited to attend a pinning ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., in Courtroom No. 1 at the Schuylkill County Court House, in Pottsville. This event is being presented by Col. Bob DeSousa, Vietnam Veteran and State Director to Sen. Pat Toomey. Register for this event by calling 570-773-0891.

2017-18 Hunting Guide Available Online for Free
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s 2017-18 Hunting Guide is now available to view and print online. Important updates in this year’s guide include those related to the use of semiautomatic rifle permits for small game and furbearers; pheasant hunters needing permits; select split seasons and new boundaries; an earlier start to archery bear season; select shorter fall turkey seasons; and eliminating the post-Christmas grouse season.

The annual digest, which has long been given out to each hunting and furtaker license buyer, is only being offered for free online this year and to students attending Hunter-Trapper Education courses in order to save money. To accommodate license buyers who are unable to print digests at home, a limited number have been made available for purchase.
                                    

Are You Ready for Fall?
The official beginning of fall does not begin until Sept. 22, but it’s never too early to start planning some road trips or adventures for the upcoming season. If you enjoy taking in the sights of Pennsylvania’s beautiful fall foliage, here is a list of 10 amazing places around the state where you could travel to view the leaves. Three zones are outlined in this article, separated into zones 1, 2 and 3, based on the peak seasons across the state.
                                    

Live Stream from PA’s Elk Country
As of January 2017, approximately 1,000 elk live in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in conjunction with HDOnTap and the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, are again offering a live stream from Pennsylvania’s Elk Country in Benezette, located in the Northcentral region of our state. Viewers can enjoy the scenes of the wild elk herds and other wild animals on this feed. As always, be aware that nature is sometimes difficult to watch, and that there is no way to predict what animals will be present at any given time. If you are interested in visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center in person, click here to get directions.
                                    

Contact Us
***PLEASE NOTE OUR OFFICE HOURS HAVE CHANGED***
Schuylkill Haven District Office

988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-8235
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the Schuylkill Haven office will be open Mondays-Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
717-647-7208
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tri-Valley Public Library
633 East Main St., Hegins
First and third Fridays 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 Wednesday of the month from 8:30 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 
 
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