From: Senator Tim Solobay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: On Point with Senator Tim Solobay: July 3, 2014
Date: Thu Jul 03 17:24:26 MDT 2014
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Fireworks, Fishing and More on the Fourth of July

I want to wish everyone in the 46th Senate District a happy and safe Independence Day weekend. Please be careful with fireworks and go easy on the alcohol. As a first-responder in our community for many years, I can tell you from what I’ve seen that the two don’t mix. 

The Fourth of July is also a free-fishing day in Pennsylvania.  Residents and non-residents don’t need a license to fish on that day, according to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) . All other fishing regulations will still apply. Fish-for-Free Days are used as a way to introduce people to the sport of fishing.

Additionally, newcomers to the sport can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across Pennsylvania. To view a complete list of loaner sites, please click here. More information on the upcoming Fish-for-Free Day is available on the PFBC website.

Also in this issue:

New Budget is Shortsighted; See Details
Keys Bridge Dedication Scheduled for July 11
Senate Passes Death Benefits Bill

Latest State Budget is Shortsighted

This was a difficult budget year, but it appears that the administration didn’t learn from the mistakes that got us here.  With all of the convoluted math and rosy projections needed to make this budget balance, it’s not unreasonable that we could be more than a billion dollars in the hole by Christmas.

Even with the overly optimistic calculations, this budget again shortchanges schools and passes difficult funding problems down the line to local government and school districts.  Students, teachers and local school administrators will be forced to deal with the aftermath.

It’s obvious that this budget was designed to get something done on time regardless of whether it is sustainable for six months, much less an entire year.
This is how Capitolwire, a Harrsiburg subscription news service, described how the GOP managed to “find” $224 million to balance the budget.

“They rationalized that decision by using the Independent Fiscal Office’s May estimates – not the June ones – for both fiscal years, and then added the state’s June collections – which were $61 million higher than expected – to the May estimate, which was a higher estimate for the entire 2013-14 fiscal year than the June estimate. They then extrapolated that forward into the 2014-15 fiscal year, estimating the state will do $163.3 million better than the IFO’s May estimate for the total revenues to be collected during the 2014-15 fiscal year."

The budget also cuts important funding from programs designed to attract employers and create new jobs.  That’s shortsighted and does nothing to put Pennsylvania back on par with neighboring states in job creation and economic growth.

Sadly, partisanship is preventing an expansion of Medicaid that could not only put $400 million into the budget, but also provide health care to nearly a half-million Pennsylvanians, including thousands of veterans and their families.  Party-line voting also shot down approval of funding for a program to help homeless veterans.

Even with modest growth, this shortsighted budget sets up a structural deficit that could top of $2.5 billion next year. Click on these links for more budget information:

Keys Bridge Dedication Scheduled for July 11

Please join us for the dedication of the “Lieutenant General William M. Keys Bridge,” Friday, July 11th at 1:00 pm.  The bridge carries Route  88 (Front St.) over Ten Mile Creek  connecting Jefferson Township, Greene County and East Bethlehem Township, Washington County.

The ceremony will be held on the Washington County side of the bridge with parking available at nearby Greene Cove Yacht Club.

The 384-foot, $10 million Route 88 bridge was completed two years ago, replacing an older steel truss bridge.

Born in Fredericktown, Lt. Gen. Keys graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the National War College and served as a Company Commander in Vietnam. During Operation Desert Storm he was commanding general of more than 20,000 Marines and devised a famous “two-axis” attack that General Norman Schwarzkopf called “simply brilliant.”

He retired from the Marine Corps in 1994, after 34 years of service.

 Senate Passes Death Benefits Bill

Just a few days after it came out of committee, the Senate unanimously passed my bill to allow families eligible for law enforcement officer death benefits more time to settle their estates.

With everything else that’s going on in the Capitol right now, I’m grateful to my colleagues for keeping this bill moving. Given the increasingly complex legal system, it makes sense to give grieving families more time.

Senate Bill 1266 amends the Emergency and Law Enforcement Death Benefits Act to extend the allotted amount of time for claiming death benefits for emergency and law enforcement members killed the line of duty from 90 days to 3 years.

The bill also applies to ambulance service or rescue squad members, firefighters, certified hazardous material response team members, and National Guard members.

The bill was prompted by the death of a local police officer whose family struggled to meet the 90-day deadline and it mimics federal law on the issue of death benefits.


Offices to Serve You

District Office
Canonsburg Borough Building
68 East Pike Street | Room 205
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 746-3762
Fax: (724) 746-3509
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Satellite Office
George Washington Hotel
60 S. Main Street | Suite 207
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: (724) 223-2114
Fax: (724) 223-2117
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Satellite Office
Greene County Office Building
93 E. High Street | Room 308
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: (724) 627-9802
Wednesdays: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Other days & hours by appointment.
Harrisburg Office
15 East Wing
Box 203046
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3046
Phone: (717) 787-1463
Fax: (717) 772-2108
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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