Office Locations 
District Office(s)
3950 Germantown Pike
Suite 101
Collegeville PA 19426
Phone: (610) 409-2615
FAX: (610) 409-2619
Hours: M – F
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
153A East Wing
PO Box 202150
Harrisburg PA 17120-2150
Pnone: (717) 705-7164
Shawne Lemaster
FAX: (717) 782-2930

                                  
State Budget Reforms Could Leave More Money in Your Pocket
12/15/2017
House OKs State Budget Reforms, Spending Control Measures

In ongoing efforts to stand up for taxpayers, the House this week approved and I voted for historic legislation to change the way budgets are approved in Harrisburg by bringing integrity, transparency and spending limits to the state budget and budget process.

The legislative package – House Bills 1940-1945 – requires transparency through an official estimate of how much money the state will have, more information about the balances in taxpayer-supported special funds used to provide grants and subsidies, and the creation of monetary reserves during revenue shortfalls.

Additionally, a proposed state constitutional amendment to limit state spending, House Bill 110, would impose a cap based on recent increases in the Consumer Price Index and state population growth. A constitutional amendment must be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions and then by the state’s voters.

These measures, which are now headed to the Senate, are in addition to a new state law requiring performance-based budgeting. This information will help legislators decide which programs to fund and which to shut down.
 
 
Children’s Health Insurance Program Extension


To help ensure coverage of the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), legislation is currently on the governor’s desk to extend the program for two more years.

For 25 years, CHIP has provided insurance coverage to uninsured children and teens (up to age 19) whose families earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but who cannot afford to purchase private insurance.

CHIP is supported by both state and federal funds and provides payment for health care coverage for eligible children who meet income and other criteria.

More than 180,000 children are currently enrolled in CHIP.

More information about CHIP is available online at CHIPCoversPAKids.com.
 
 
Farmers Be Counted! Census of Agriculture Underway


Farmers across Pennsylvania are encouraged to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The census seeks to count anyone who earns at least $1,000 per year growing food or other crops. The data is used to develop food and agriculture policies and programs for the entire country, including funding decisions.

Census questionnaires are being mailed to farmers, ranchers and growers this month. The 2017 census form, which requires an estimated 50 minutes to complete, must be returned by Feb. 5, 2018, but respondents are encouraged to respond online at agcensus.usda.gov.

The web-based questionnaire allows access from any electronic device, and farmers can return their draft responses as their schedules allow. The new online form saves time and improves convenience for respondents, while capturing a more detailed account of U.S. farming and ranching.

With Pennsylvania a leader in the agriculture industry, it is important our farmers and producers stand up and be counted.
 
 
Renew Dog Licenses Now


Pet owners are reminded to renew their dog’s license for 2018. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed in Pennsylvania, either on an annual basis or with a lifetime license.

Annual license fees vary from $6.50 to $8.50, with fee reductions for senior citizens and those owners with disabilities. Lifetime license costs are $31.50 or $51.50. Applications for license renewals can be found here. Completed applications must be returned to the owner’s county treasurer’s office.

Under Pennsylvania state law, owners who fail to license and/or immunize their dogs could face fines up to $300 per violation for each dog three months of age or older. In addition, owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.
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