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I am pleased to report that the General Assembly and the governor have agreed to a state budget and passed it well in advance of the June 30 deadline. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is instrumental in the creation and negotiations involving the yearly spending plan, I was pleased with how this year’s budget came together and the areas in which we were able to prioritize additional funding, all without any tax increases.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after House passage of the 2018-19 state budget:
The success of our business community has a direct correlation with the success of our state. When businesses are expanding, adding jobs and contributing more to the local and state economy, it improves the lives of families all across the state. That’s why we focus so much effort on making Pennsylvania a business-friendly state: because the trickle-down effect is so beneficial to each individual.
Life is precious; and more than 119,000 men, women and children are clearly aware of that fact as they await a life-saving organ transplant. More than 8,500 of those individuals are our friends, family members and neighbors here in Pennsylvania.
Having the correct type of identification to board an airplane or enter certain federal facilities is a concern to many Pennsylvanians who have seen and heard about REAL ID in the news and are wondering when the special ID will be available in Pennsylvania.
The state budget process can be long and arduous. This year, as in years past, the governor unveiled his state budget proposal at the beginning of February to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He is asking for $33 billion in spending, which is $1 billion more than the current year. As a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, which focuses on state finances and the budget, I know we can do better than that.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) today announced that 18 area fire and ambulance companies located in the 4th Legislative District are set to receive $182,930 in state grants under the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.
The temperatures here in the northeast are continuing to drop and we have already seen our first snowfall. Although the colder months of the year are a sign of the fun holiday season, they can also pose challenges for some individuals and families to heat their homes.
WHAT: State lawmakers from across Pennsylvania will travel to Harborcreek to hear about the efforts being taken to maintain existing jobs and also to secure new job opportunities in the Erie region. Led by House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), the legislative hearing will feature testimony from economic development organizations and employers about the steps Pennsylvania should take to improve the local and statewide economy, and get people employed.
Property taxes can be a difficult burden for many to bear, especially senior citizens who are living on fixed incomes. The state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program was created to provide some measure of relief for low-income seniors and those who are disabled. The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2016 tax year is Dec. 31.
It’s that time of year again – when hunters hit the woods and begin the long tradition of hunting in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) will host a town hall meeting this Thursday, Oct. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 285, 120 West 4th St. in Waterford.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) will host two town hall meetings this October to hear from area residents and answer any state-related questions they may have.
Many residents have reached out to me with questions regarding the opportunity voters will have in November to vote on a property tax reform measure.