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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203029
171 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029
717-783-8657 FAX


District Offices
One West Centre Street
P.O. Box 150
Mahanoy City, PA 17948
570-773-1675 FAX

100 North Centre Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-622-6629 FAX
(Shared with Representative Mike Tobash)

61 North Third Street
Hamburg, PA 19526-1501
610-562-6895 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)
237 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, PA 18252
570-952-3374 FAX
(Shared with Representative
Jerry Knowles)

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In this Email Update:

The Argall Report highlights Senate hearings on Wolf spending proposal

My monthly TV show focuses on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s three-week series of budget hearings regarding Governor Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 state spending plan.

Watch the program here.

The program focuses on concerns I raised during the hearings, including several questions regarding the governor’s proposal for a temporary property tax cut in exchange for permanent increases in the Sales Tax and the Personal Income Tax. Highlights are included from hearings with representatives from the Governor’s Office of the Budget, the Independent Fiscal Office and the Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Education, Environmental Protection and Revenue.

Learn more about the hearings here.

The program will air on:

  • Blue Ridge Communications (Channel 13) every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
  • Comcast On-Demand on Channel 1 – Get Local – Government – State Senate.
  • Reading (Channel 21) and Hamburg (Channel 19) every Monday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and every Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • Service Electric (Channel 19) the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • The program is available on Berks Community Television, Shen-Heights TV, Hazleton’s WLYN TV 35 and MetroCast Communications Channel 10. Please check local listings for air times.

Potential for Lyme Disease increases across PA

Whether maintaining your property or engaging in recreational and leisure activities, Pennsylvania residents in all 67 counties should be vigilant about preventing exposure to deer ticks and Lyme disease, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDOH).

Combat exposure to Lyme disease through the use of repellents and protective clothing. Check regularly while outdoors and at the conclusion of activities to determine if you picked up a tick.

Prevent contracting the disease through the prompt and careful removal of the tick with tweezers, followed by application of rubbing alcohol to the bite area and your hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer details on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

Please remember to steer clear for construction and emergencies

Increased transportation funding means more road construction crews along Pennsylvania roadways, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Motorists heading out for work or play are being asked to Remember to Steer Clear of road crews, emergency personnel, and law enforcement as they perform their jobs. Pennsylvania motorists have been involved in 10,586 work zone crashes resulting in the loss of 128 lives over the past five years. To avoid penalties under the Steer Clear Law, drivers who are approaching an emergency responder should slow down and move over at least one lane whenever possible. Violators face a $250 fine for failure to move over or slow down and a doubling of fines for traffic violations occurring in emergency response areas. A 90-day license suspension can also be imposed for a violation resulting in injury to workers.

When entering a posted work zone, turn on your vehicle’s headlights. Current law provides for a 15-day license suspension for exceeding the posted speed limit in an active work zone by 11 miles per hour. Motorists convicted of homicide by vehicle in an active work zone face up to five years of additional jail time.

Discussion in Pottsville focuses on medical marijuana

On Thursday, my friend and colleague, Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), joined me in Pottsville to discuss a proposal he authored to provide for the legalization of medical marijuana. As a cosponsor, I thought it was important to bring interested individuals from the community together to discuss the issue further.

A recap of the event is available in the Republican Herald and on WNEP’s website.

Schuylkill County population falls below 146,000; first time since 1880s

The 2014 county population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau for Schuylkill County finds the population declining from 148,289 in 2010 to 145,797 in 2014 representing a 1.7 percent decrease. This marks the first time since the mid-1880s that the population has fallen below 146,000.

The decline is due in large part to death rate outpacing the birth rate by 2,142, as well as 350 residents leaving the county over the four-year period.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania estimates Schuylkill County’s population will grow to 154,676 by 2020, and over 165,000 by 2040.

Berks County population grows by 2,000 since 2010; estimated to be over 495,000 by 2040

Berks County’s population during the 2010 Census was 411,587.

The estimate in 2014 was 413,691. The county’s population is expected to increase to 440,143 by 2020 and over 495,000 by 2040.

UGI starting infrastructure betterment project occurring in City of Pottsville

UGI Utilities, Inc. is upgrading pipelines throughout the City of Pottsville. The construction project also provides an opportunity for homes and businesses without natural gas service to convert to natural gas. Individuals and businesses along the project route should contact UGI if interested in converting to natural gas during construction at 1-800-652-0550.

PACE/PACENET enrollees encouraged to update information

PACE/PACENET Program will be reaching out to all of its enrollees in an effort to update various demographic information, including address, telephone numbers and emergency contacts. If you are enrolled in PACE/PACENET, please fill out the form and send it back in its prepaid envelope. The information has no effect on participation with these programs.

The form also includes a section to learn more about other valuable benefits that may be available to enrollees, including Medicare Extra Help/LIS, Property Tax/Rent Rebate, LIHEAP and SNAP/food stamps

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