Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
Wolf Vetoes No-Tax-Hike Budget

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced he would veto the House and Senate’s $30.18 billion budget package, which does not include any new or increased taxes and increases funding for education. The vetoed budget is a responsible spending plan which funds the core functions of government and includes more than $400 million in increases for early childhood education, basic education and higher education. Under the vetoed plan, state funding for Pennsylvania schools increases to historic levels.

The budget also includes a combined $11 million for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and institutional assistance grants for students. In addition, the plan includes additional funding for programs that assist individuals with intellectual disabilities, along with agricultural, environmental protection, veterans and human services programs across the Commonwealth.

When brought up for a vote in the House in early June, Wolf’s proposal, which included $12.7 billion in tax hikes over two years, did not gain a single affirmative vote, from Republicans or Democrats. In the coming weeks, budget negotiations will continue between Wolf and the General Assembly.

Honoring Corporal Bryon Dickson

This week, the House voted unanimously to designate Exit 30 from Interstate 84 onto S.R. 402 in Pike County as the Corporal Bryon K. Dickson, II, Exit. Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) issued the following statement:

“Pennsylvania lost one of its finest last Fall. The grief we felt at the loss of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the concern for trooper Alex Douglass, who was also seriously injured, was compounded by a great deal of worry and fear in our community.

“And then the coward was caught. Life returned to normal, for most of us. But for the family and friends of Cpl. Dickson, there is no return to for what life was like before this tragedy. This man, who bravely put his life on the line, was taken from them through a random act of senseless violence.

“We owe it to Cpl. Dickson and those who knew and loved him to always remember his contributions to our great community. By naming the exit on Interstate 84 onto State Route 402 in Pike County, we will do that.”

Once signed into law by Gov. Wolf, PennDOT will have 60 days to erect the appropriate signs displaying this designation.

Fish for Free on Independence Day

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the July 4 holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing. Independence Day - Saturday, July 4 – marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

For more information on Fish-for-Free Days, visit The website includes interactive maps, regional fishing reports, and tips on fishing fundamentals.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Morgan Wagner
(717) 260-6281
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