Dec. 28, 2017

In the Community
Open House

Thank you to everyone who attended my Open House on December 15 in my district office in Camp Hill. It was a wonderful opportunity to share in the holiday season with the constituents who stopped by for cookies and to chat with my staff and me. I was able to meet many people in the 87th District who are civically engaged and to speak with them about their thoughts and concerns with current state government matters.


My staff and I are here to assist you and to serve as a resource for you and your family. If you need help with state government programs, services or initiatives in the future, I encourage you to visit our district office to meet my staff and me. We will be happy to help you get to know the services we offer in our office and learn about the ways we can help improve your interactions with state government.

Camp Hill Toys for Tots Parade and Tree Lighting


On December 2, Camp Hill Borough held its annual Toys for Tots parade along with the community tree lighting. It was a perfect day for holiday festivities, and it was a huge success that benefited a worthy cause.

Every year, the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

In this way, citizens can donate to children throughout the United States, helping them to experience the joy of Christmas. It is good to see Camp Hill’s participation in this excellent program. It is important to have citizens in the 87th District who are united in a common cause, and I see their dedication each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign. These efforts will help to promote a stronger and more united future for those in our community who are in need during the holiday season. I commend Camp Hill Borough for its continued involvement.

Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania Annual Gala

On Saturday, December 3, I had the honor of attending the Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania (AIACPA) Gala at the Radisson Hotel.
As a nonprofit organization, the AIACPA’s efforts have spanned issues from humanitarian efforts, education, helping with global disasters, and raising funds for the underserved. Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania has been a staple of the community for 22 years. They are currently serving more than 6,000 Asian Indian families and organizations by organizing educational and medical seminars, cultural events, and formal networking events.

The Bethesda Mission


On December 13, I served breakfast alongside Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to the people of Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. It was a wonderful opportunity to provide food and meet people in the central Pennsylvania area.

Planet Fitness Ribbon Cutting


On December 12, my staff joined the West Shore Chamber for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Planet Fitness located in the former Giant store in Enola.

In an area underserved in terms of fitness facilities, having an exercise facility in the area will be a huge boon to our community economy. Planet Fitness is located in the former Giant store and occupies 22,500 square feet of the 66,224-square-foot space.
State News
House OKs State Budget Reforms and Spending Control Measures

In ongoing efforts to stand up for taxpayers, the House approved legislation to change budget-making in Harrisburg by bringing integrity and spending limits to the state budget and budget process.

The legislative package requires transparency through an official estimate of how much money the state will have, more information about the balances in taxpayer-supported special funds used to provide grants and subsidies, and the creation of monetary reserves during revenue shortfalls.

Additionally, a proposed state constitutional amendment to limit state spending, House Bill 110, would impose a cap based on recent increases in the Consumer Price Index and state population growth. A constitutional amendment must be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions and then by the state’s voters.

These measures, which are now headed to the Senate, are in addition to a new state law requiring performance-based budgeting. This information will help legislators decide which programs to fund and which to shut down.

Anniversary of Pearl Harbor


In honor of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7, the House of Representatives approved House Resolution 551, which commemorates the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This tragedy resulted in the U.S. entrance into World War II. It is important that we take a moment every year to consider this historic event and its impact on our nation's history.

Senior Benefits to be Protected by New Law

Act 62 of 2017
will allow senior citizens who received a Social Security cost-of-living increase to keep their eligibility for the state’s PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefit plans.

A law preventing seniors from being disqualified from the programs solely due to a Social Security cost of living increase was set to expire at the end of this year. House Bill 425 would continue the exemption through December 31, 2019.

Current income eligibility levels for PACE are set at less than $14,500 for a single person and less than $17,700 for a couple. PACENET, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, is open to individuals earning between $14,500 and $23,500 and couples with incomes between $17,700 and $31,500. The minimum age to participate in the programs is 65, and they are funded from proceeds of the Pennsylvania Lottery.