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Senator Killion Raises Key Questions in Second Week of Senate Budget Hearings
It was a very busy second week of budget hearings for the Senate Appropriations Committee. Testimony was presented by leaders of the Department of Agriculture, Department of General Services, PennDOT, Department of Labor and Industry, Judiciary, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, State Related Universities, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Corrections, Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency/ Fire Commissioner.
As a member of the committee I was had the opportunity this week to ask key questions about issues important to our community. One of the concerns with this proposed budget is the massive funding cuts to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where the governor has proposed eliminating the entire $35 million appropriation. I am worried this cut will have some debilitating effects on Pennsylvania’s largest industry, Agriculture. The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is not only the only veterinary school in the Commonwealth, but it has a reputation of being one of the best programs in the nation. This large budget cut could hurt one of Pennsylvania’s greatest educational and economic assets that is right in our backyard. I am going to work hard to make sure funding for Penn Vet School is restored in the budget and that we will continue to benefit from having this world class institution in our community.
I spoke with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs regarding Veteran’s Nursing Home options located in the counties where those veterans already reside. It is my belief we should make this transition to assisted living as convenient a process as possible for those who have served our nation. They should not have to travel far from home to find exceptional care.
In addition to these questions I asked the Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about my upcoming plans to introduce Growing Greener III, a project I know will benefit all citizens of Pennsylvania.
PennDOT to Rehabilitate Eight Bridges Over 1-95 in the City of Chester
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that it will start construction Tuesday, March 14, on a $16.6 million project to rehabilitate eight bridges over I-95 and CSX Railroad in the City of Chester. The project is expected to be completed in November of 2018.
The Crosby Street pedestrian bridge will be the first bridge to undergo construction and due to the nature of the repairs will be closed to pedestrian use until mid-October 2017 between 12th Street and 13 th Street.
The other bridges involved in this project include Potter Street, Madison Street, Upland Street, Melrose Avenue, Chestnut Street, Edgmont Avenue, and the Walnut Street pedestrian structure. The contractor will also improve the 1-95 south exit ramp at Chestnut Street.
As this project moves forward, I will continue to provide residents with frequent status updates.
Thank you to Glen Acres Elementary and Westtown Elementary School for making the trip up to the Pennsylvania State Capitol building this week. It is always great to meet students in the 9th District.
Red Cross Month
March is Red Cross Month. Donating blood is a simple way to help save a person’s life. If you are healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds please consider giving blood this month.
To find more information and a blood drive near you visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Register for the Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup is now accepting registration now through May 31 st. You can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT to assist in your group’s anti-littering efforts. This is a great opportunity and I encourage everyone to get involved in the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful effort. Please visit http://www.gacofpa.org/ to register.
Cold Water Boating Safety
During the winter and spring months, sudden cold water immersion triggers cold water shock. In water temperatures less than 70 degrees, involuntary gasping, hyperventilation, breathlessness, and reduced ability to control breathing and swimming occurs.
Pennsylvania’s boating safety requirements include a mandatory life jacket usage law in effect from November 1 through April 30. In addition, whether underway or at anchor, boaters on vessels less than 16 feet long, canoes, or kayaks are required to wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.
Pennsylvania’s 2017 Motorcycle Safety Program Ready to Roll
Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) is issuing a reminder for novice motorcyclists and seasoned riders alike that free safety courses are being offered during 2017.
The five courses include:
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive