Feb. 10, 2017


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

Budget Proposal is a Realistic Starting Point

The annual state budget process got underway this week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The $32.3 billion proposal is balanced without any broad-based tax increases and includes several initiatives aimed at reducing spending and improving efficiencies by consolidating some state agencies. The administration estimates this could save the Commonwealth about $2 billion.

I am committed to a “restart” of state government, focusing on funding programs and services that work, rooting out waste and reining in overall state spending. I am equally committed to responsibly funding the core functions of government, including education, transportation and human services, while helping to make the state more attractive to job creators.

Budget hearings in the House begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll be an active participant in those discussions. More information can be found at PAHouseGOP.com.

To read more of my thoughts, click here.  
PA House Wears Red for Women

I joined dozens of my colleagues this week in wearing red to raise awareness of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.
Gone Fishin’: Trout Stocking Schedules Available

Trout season is just around the corner, and local anglers are now able to find out when their favorite fishing hole will be stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The guides are available in print, online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app.

The commission stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling each year. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. The average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.

The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 15. Additionally, the commission will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on Saturday, April 8. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout the Saturday before the regular opening days. Youth anglers must obtain a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license as well. Click here for more information about the program

For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, or to check the online stocking schedule, click here.
Connecting Nonprofits Through 2-1-1

To raise awareness of a free service by the United Way that partners local nonprofits and social service groups together to help assist Pennsylvanians in need, the House passed House Resolution 49 recognizing Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania.”

By dialing 2-1-1, people are instantly connected to a wealth of information related to their area’s nonprofit and human service providers.

This “one stop shop” helps people cut through red tape and more easily find the help they need. These services are offered on a regionalized approach, ensuring that people are helped by their neighbors and people in their own community.

More information is available at pa211.org.
Reminder: Offices Closed Monday, Feb. 20

All offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m.

Many state forms and legislative information are available 24/7 at RepBoback.com.
Discussion Underway for Concealed Carry Seminar Luzerne County

I have offered 13 concealed carry seminars over the past few years in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

We often hear from constituents who are interested in additional seminars, and I would like to gauge the demand for another concealed carry seminar in Luzerne County. Please call my Dallas district office at 570-675-6000 to express your interest. I will schedule a seminar if it becomes apparent there will be adequate participation.
Grants Available to Reduce Underage and Dangerous Drinking

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is now accepting applications from schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education and for-profit institutions for two-year grants aimed at reducing underage and dangerous drinking.

Grants are intended to fund programs that focus on proven strategies to discourage and reduce both underage and dangerous drinking. The grant cycle is for up to two years, from July 2017 through June 2019, with a maximum award of $20,000 per year and $40,000 over two years.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds, and grant amounts will be determined by the Bureau of Alcohol Education.

This year, grant applications must be submitted through PLCB+, an online system developed to streamline licensing and alcohol education functions. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. Detailed information – including a Grant Application Instruction Guide, answers to frequently asked questions, and access to PLCB+ – is available on the grants page of the PLCB website.
Lackawanna County Concealed Carry Seminar Set for April 11

Registration is now available for my first concealed carry seminar of 2017, which will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Dalton Fire Hall. The seminar is free and open to residents of the 117th Legislative District who are interested in learning more about our state’s concealed carry laws.

For more information and to register, visit Rep.Boback.com or call my Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777.
Applications Now Available For Dr. Pepper/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grants

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has announced applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grants. The deadline for applications is Feb. 24.

The grant program is open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates are also eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants.

In addition to offering recycling bins, the grant program will also make additional funds available to affiliates or other grant recipients who commit to conducting a set of litter indexes in conjunction with the grant. The purpose of the indexes will be to document the effect of the recycling bins to reduce litter in the immediate areas where they are placed.

Applicants will be notified in late March whether a grant has been awarded.

For more information, visit the Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grants website here.
Dozens of Helpful Resources Offered at My District Offices

My district offices offer numerous helpful resources available for your use. Including:

• “Cyber Bullying: Protecting Our Children Online”
• PA Preferred 2016 Recipe Book
• Self-service payment assistance from PPL Electric Utilities
• Voter registration applications
• Mobile Veterans Center information
• “Benefits for Senior Citizens: A Pocket Guide”
• “Hey, Kids: Learn to Protect Yourself from Accidents”
• Alzheimer’s Association information
• News and facts about inhalants and huffing
• “Child Protection: Everybody’s Business”

This is just a sampling of the many resources we offer in my offices. Please stop by to see what useful information we can provide for you.

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Office Locations
1108 Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 East Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
314-C Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
Email: kboback@pahousegop.com