Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
7/24/2015
Budget Stalemate Continues
The House was back in session this week, but there is still no budget agreement in Harrisburg. Now more than three weeks into the new fiscal year, Gov. Tom Wolf continues to push for his spending plan, which would raise personal income and sales taxes, and levy new taxes on hundreds of items like day care, assisted living services for seniors, diapers, college tuition and non-prescription drugs.

In June, Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) joined a majority of his colleagues in the House and Senate in approving a spending plan that made historic investments in k-12 education without raising taxes. The spending plan also included increases in funding for higher education, home- and community-based services for seniors and services for persons with disabilities, the Pennsylvania State Police, environmental protection, and veterans and human services programs across the Commonwealth.

The Legislature also recently passed pension reform legislation and a plan to get Pennsylvania out of the liquor business. These initiatives, along with the no-new-tax budget, were vetoed in their entirety by Wolf, despite many areas of agreement.

Of the 401 total line items in the budget approved by legislators, 274 were identical to or increased funding over what Wolf proposed. By vetoing the entire budget, Wolf has withheld needed funding from school districts, social service providers and nonprofits. Negotiations continue.

New Emergency Notification System for Pike County Residents
A new notification system, known as "ReadyNotifyPike" is available to all residents and frequent visitors of Pike County. The system provides rapid notifications and up-to-date information during major weather emergencies, road closing emergencies and emergencies involving the Lackawaxen or Delaware rivers.

These important emergency alerts can be delivered through a variety of communication avenues, including email, smart phones, wireless PDA and pagers. ReadyNotifyPike will also give users instructions on what actions to take during an emergency. Residents can register for an account with the notification system online at:  https://pike.alertpa.org/register.php.

Sign Up for Hunting and Fishing News
Residents interested in receiving mailed updates about legislative issues affecting sportsmen and women can sign up at www.RepPeifer.com. Peifer’s twice-annual sportsmen’s newsletter includes the latest sportsman information specific to the people of Pike and Wayne counties. The upcoming fall newsletter will include a legislative survey about Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Morgan Wagner
(717) 260-6281
mwagner@pahousegop.com
RepPeifer.com
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