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236 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512

Phone: (717) 684-5525
Fax: (717) 684-2538

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Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: (717) 367-5525
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PO Box 202098
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2098
Phone: (717) 783-2076
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The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett were able for the second year in a row to pass an on-time and balanced budget for the Commonwealth. You can learn more about the main points of the $27.656 billion budget below.
This month the House unanimously approved legislation I co-sponsored heightening the penalties for drug dealers who produced and/or sold drugs in the presence of children. But, the incidents that led to this measure, House Bill 1289, being authored are almost too disturbing to recount.
When we go to the polls to cast our vote for a person to represent our interests on our behalf in a government body – the most basic freedom we have as Americans – we expect that vote to count. In fact, very few of us give it a second thought.
As a strong advocate of limited government, I don’t believe passing lots of new laws all the time is necessarily a good thing. However, of the missions voters do choose to delegate to their elected representatives, public safety is key.
Vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In fact, teen drivers have fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers, and distracted driving caused by talking on a cellphone or texting are two reasons this number is so high.
Vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers in the United States.
One of the greatest benefits of living in Pennsylvania is our system of local government.
The federal government seems to have it backward when it comes to job creation.
One of the greatest benefits of living in Pennsylvania is our system of local government.
Millions of Pennsylvanians have worked all of their adult lives to achieve the American dream of home ownership.  For many of them, ever-increasing school property taxes are turning that dream into a nightmare.
For the first time in eight years, a new state budget was in place by the legally mandated June 30 deadline. Over those eight years, state spending increased 31 percent while the rate of inflation grew only 21 percent. State spending was out of control and Pennsylvania was facing a $4 billion dollar deficit. Clearly, difficult choices had to be made to stop this trend of spending money we do not have and expecting taxpayers to make up the difference.
In a previous column, I discussed Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year and some of my concerns with his proposal.  While I have some concerns about the governor’s spending plan, I agree that we must spend less because we have less to spend.  The governor’s plan to spend $27.3 billion, a reduction of $866.3 million from last year, is a good step in that direction.
As we work to pass a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, my colleagues and I should seek to gain maximum efficiency from every taxpayer dollar.  That means eliminating waste, fraud and abuse at every level of government.
Pennsylvania’s state budget grew 40 percent during the past eight years, from $20.4 billion in 2002-03 to $28.04 billion in 2010-11, an expansion that far exceeds the rate of inflation.  As a result, Pennsylvania government has grown to levels which are unsustainable without serious spending reductions or a major tax increase.
When lawmakers pass a bill, we make every effort to ensure that it is written clearly and that every possible eventuality is addressed.  Occasionally, however, situations develop which require us to take another look and make improvements to ensure that the law achieves the goals we had in mind when we passed it.