Feb. 22, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Preparing PA Students for Careers
  • Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers, Not Minimum Wage
  • Know what a spotted lanternfly looks like?
  • Advancing the Budget Process
  • Withstanding the Test of Time
  • Improving the Do-Not-Call List
  • Thank you….
  • Ever skate with a cop?
Preparing PA Students for Careers

As a foundational part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative, the House Education Committee unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania.

The package of bills includes:
  • House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
  • House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
  • House Bill 393 (to be introduced soon), which would create an online career resource center.
  • House Bill 394 (to be introduced soon), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
  • House Bill 395 (to be introduced soon), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
  • House Bill 396 (to be introduced soon), which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
  • House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.
These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.
Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers

A key to economic success for all Pennsylvanians and the Commonwealth as a whole is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

House Republicans launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on efforts to enhance our workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

The launch coincided with the governor signing an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The center is charged with addressing barriers to employment and enhancing cooperation among education and workforce development entities.
Know what a spotted lanternfly looks like?

The spotted lanternfly poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s economy, as it feeds on - and can destroy - more than 70 varieties of plants, including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches and hops. While the insect has not yet been seen in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties, local officials are bracing for impact, should that status change.

On Thursday, March 21, I will be hosting a spotted lanternfly seminar at 6 p.m., at the Triton Hose Company, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. This event is contingent on sufficient pre-registration. Please reserve your seat by contacting my Tunkhannock district office at (570) 836-4777.
Advancing the Budget Process

The House Appropriations Committee will now begin a series of hearings designed to highlight individual government agencies and evaluating the role they play in crafting the 2019-20 budget.

All the hearings will be streamed through my website, www.RepBoback.com.

Here is the schedule of testifiers for next week:

Monday, Feb. 25 -

10 a.m./PA State Police and Homeland Security
1 p.m./Criminal Justice: Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission
3 p.m./Department of Health and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Tuesday, Feb. 26 -
10 a.m./Office of Administration and Office for Information Technology
1 p.m./Department of Transportation
3 p.m./Department of General Services

Wednesday, Feb. 27 –
10 a.m./Gaming Control Board
1 p.m./Department of Community and Economic Development
3 p.m./Liquor Control Board

Thursday, Feb. 28 -
10 a.m./Department of Human Services
Withstanding the Test of Time

Congratulations to Tom Quinn and Rebecca Nicely, owners of Ye Olde Clock Shoppe in Dallas, on 50 years of serving our community!
Improving the Do-Not-Call List

Helping Pennsylvanians cut down on the number of telemarketing calls they receive is the goal of House Bill 318, which was passed this week.

The bill gives Pennsylvanians the ability to sign up for the state’s telemarketing "do-not-call" list without requiring them to re-register every five years.

The bill also aims to cut down on the annoyance of telemarketing calls during holidays by banning telemarketing calls on legal holidays. It would also ban the use of calls from computerized auto-dialers (robocalls).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Thank you….

…to the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all they do for Dallas and the surrounding community. I visited recently and presented a citation to Administrator Cristina Tarbox in honor of the facility’s 35 years of service.
Ever skate with a cop?

I did…for a good cause. “Skate with a Cop” at Skateaway in Wilkes-Barre gave local residents a chance to meet local and state police officers.

Proceeds from the event helped law enforcement purchase life-saving shields for local police departments.
Own a Small Business?

This Wednesday, Feb. 27, a representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will visit my Tunkhannock district office from 10 a.m. to noon. The center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business.

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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