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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing, Main Captitol 
P.O. Box 202117
Harrisburg PA 17120-2117
Phone: (717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889
Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Offices
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-6000
Fax: (570) 255-0133
(800) 278-3930
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

133 West Tioga St., Suite 4
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4777
Fax: (570) 836-4772
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

email: kboback@pahousegop.com

My Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address
2/8/2019

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 The latest news from the State Capitol

 
This email includes:
  • My Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address
  • Misericordia on the Map!
  • Advancing the Budget Process
  • Congratulations….
  • Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors
  • Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings
  • Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available Online
 
 
My Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Address


Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget address for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Please click here to read my thoughts on what he is proposing.
 
 
Misericordia on the Map!

On Friday, Gov. Wolf visited Moffatt House, one of Misericordia University’s three Women with Children program homes. The governor mentioned the program during his budget address.

It gives me great pride, as a two-time graduate of Misericordia, to see the school recognized and held up as an example of what is possible. Being mentioned in Tuesday’s budget address puts the university “on the map” and gives much-needed publicity to the program, which Gov. Wolf will now use as a model that can and should be duplicated across the Commonwealth and country.
 
 
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. 11 -
10 a.m./Independent Fiscal Office
1 p.m./Department of Revenue (including Lottery)
3 p.m./Department of Aging

Tuesday, Feb. 12 -
10 a.m./State retirement systems (PSERS and SERS)
1 p.m./State System of Higher Education
3 p.m./PA Higher Education Assistance Agency

Wednesday, Feb. 13 -
10 a.m./Treasury Department
1 p.m./Auditor General
3 p.m./Attorney General

Thursday, Feb. 14 -
10 a.m./Department of Environmental Protection
1 pm./Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3 p.m./Department of Labor and Industry
 
 
Congratulations….


….to, Jorge L. De Jesùs Jr., Christopher A. Gaetano, and Joshua T. Powell of Lackawanna County; as well as Thomas J. Butch III, Craig L. Karpinksi and Kody R. Nowicki of Luzerne County. They make up part of the 96-member graduating class from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

The three Luzerne County graduates have been assigned to Troop N, Stroudsburg. Trooper DeJesus is being assigned to Troop L, Jonestown; Trooper Gaetano is joining Troop H, Chambersburg; and Trooper Powell is a member of Troop H. Carlisle.
 
 
Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors


House Republicans are continuing their commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of seniors and patients with chronic conditions by making it easier to adhere to their medication schedules.

This week lawmakers passed House Bill 195, which ensures patients can synchronize their medications in order to receive refills on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

This commonsense legislation would put Pennsylvania in line with Medicaid Part D, the PACE Program, and 35 other states that allow medication synchronization.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
 
 
Attention Veterans


The Mobile Vet Center will be in the Ace Hardware-Brady and Cavany Store parking lot in Eaton Township this Monday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Services available for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for veterans affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments.
 
 
Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program


As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.
 
 
Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available


Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBCs) 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

About 53 percent of the trout are stocked prior to opening day, 43 percent are stocked between opening day and the end of May, and the remaining 4 percent are stocked from October through February of the following year.

Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for Pennsylvania’s southeastern counties. The rest of the state will open on Saturday, April 13.

Copies of the trout stocking schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online by clicking here or through the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.
 
 
Game Wardens Wanted

 

Recruitment for the latest class of state game warden cadets by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is underway.

Please click here for information on the application process.
 
 
On Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to visit the Cornucopia Event in the Capitol Rotunda. This event celebrates agriculture, the No. 1 industry in the Commonwealth. Pictured with me are 2019 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Mikara Anderson and Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations Executive Director Vince Phillips.
 

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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
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Email: kboback@pahousegop.com
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