Feb. 15, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Boback to Host Hearing on Child Victims of Substance Abuse
  • Budget Hearings Focus on Accountability in Tax Dollar Spending
  • Increased Education Funding
  • Promoting Workforce Development
  • PA History Made in Tunkhannock
  • Helping Our Veterans
  • PennDOT Offices Closed for Presidents Day
Boback to Host Hearing on Child Victims of Substance Abuse

This Wednesday, Feb. 20
, the House Children and Youth Committee, which I chair, will hold a public hearing on substance-exposed infants. According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, an estimated 15 percent of infants are affected each year by prenatal alcohol or illicit drug exposure.

Testifiers at Wednesday’s hearing will include medical professionals, as well as people who have seen first-hand cases of substance-exposed infants.

You can watch the hearing on my website, www.RepBoback.com, beginning at 9 a.m.
Budget Hearings Focus on Accountability in Tax Dollar Spending

The House Appropriations Committee held its first series of 2019-20 state budget hearings this week. The hearings are designed to give members the opportunity to question state officials about their funding requests and ensure state government is accountable for how it spends taxpayer dollars. Members will also focus on ensuring the budget supports policies that improve the state’s economic climate and support the creation of private sector jobs.

This week’s slate of hearings included appearances by the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the departments of Revenue, Transportation, and Conservation and Natural Resources.

Hearings resume the week of Monday, Feb. 25, and will feature the departments of Corrections, General Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Military and Veterans Affairs, along with the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board.

All hearings may be viewed on my website, www.RepBoback.com.
Increased Education Funding

Northeastern Educational IU (NEIU) 19 is receiving a $500,000 PAsmart advancing grant to enhance science and technology education.

According to estimates, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania over the next decade will require use of a computer and an estimated 300,000 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs will be available by 2026.

NEIU’s is a high-level comprehensive grant intended for schools that have 50 or more students participating in computer science and STEM fields of education.
Promoting Workforce Development

Pennsylvania’s Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani recently visited Keystone College to announce a $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant. The money will provide high school students and out of school individuals age 16-24 with a career path to receive a childcare credential to work in childcare facilities.

Pictured here (from left) are Lackawanna Trail Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas; Professor and Dean of School of Professional Studies Frances Langan, Ed.D; Keystone College President Dr. Tracy Brundage and Eileen Cipriani.
PA History Made in Tunkhannock

The Tunkhannock Area School District’s 175-member, seventh-grade class is the first full grade level of any school in Pennsylvania to be completely certified in both Heartsaver CPR and Stop the Bleed. They were honored at a school assembly last week.

My Tunkhannock District Office Manager Carol Sweeney (right in photo), presented a certificate to the district from the House of Representatives. Pictured (from the left) are Outreach Coordinator for Commonwealth Health Gail Malloy, and STEM Director for K-7 and STEM Academy Principal Dr. Kelly Carroll.
Helping Our Veterans

This Tuesday, Feb. 19, veterans outreach hours will be offered at the Dallas district office, 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre VFW will address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

Then on Wednesday, Feb. 20, a representative from the Center for Independent Living will be available for appointments at the Tunkhannock district office. Please call (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
PennDOT Offices Closed for Presidents Day

My district and Harrisburg offices will be closed this Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day.

In addition, all PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed this Saturday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Way to go Lions!

I recently presented a legislative citation to the Lackawanna Trail High School football team in recognition of its PIAA District 2 Single A championship.

Pictured with me (from left) are Junior-Senior High School Principal Dr. Mark Murphy and Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas.

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
41-B East Wing, Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
Email: kboback@pahousegop.com