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Letter to the Editor: Unwavering support for school property tax elimination
Last week the Republican Herald printed my letter to the editor outlining the newspaper’s changing position on the complete elimination of school property taxes.
In my letter to the Republican Herald, I discuss the newspaper’s criticism of the initiative prior to the Senate vote and afterwards. I also mention that despite this criticism, the newspaper had given their support to school property tax elimination in an editorial from 2012.
Be assured that despite the difficulty of this challenge, I remain focused on finding a better way to fund our public schools—as so many of my constituents have demanded.
Read my letter here.
PA Farm Bureau disappointed with property tax elimination outcome
The recent outcome of legislation that would completely eliminate school property taxes disappointed many residents across the state, including farm families.
According to Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President, Rick Ebert, farm families statewide have long anticipated a better, fairer way to fund our public schools – something that he has said can be achieved with legislation such as the Property Tax Independence Act.
The negative impact that school property taxes has on farmers statewide is clear.
Read more from the Farm Bureau here.
Tour of No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum
In the latest edition of The Argall Report, I take viewers on a tour of the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum.
The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum highlights the extensive 160-year history of the oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine in the world and showcases rare and interesting tools of the trade.
The museum attracts nearly 10,000 citizens to the area each year and provides visitors with educational information about the mining heritage of the region.
To view the report, click here.
Award for Environmental Protection applications
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently welcoming businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, farms, non-profit organizations, and individuals across the state to share your success stories in protecting our environment.
The award recognizes projects that have made a positive impact on the environment by turning challenges into opportunities. Projects will be judged based on the following criteria: 1) protection; 2) partnership; 3) public service; 4) environmental education and outreach; 5) pollution prevention; 6) economic impact; 7) innovative technology; and 8) climate change.
In order to become eligible for selection, projects must be completed between the dates of August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. Applications must be submitted via email to RA-EPgovenviroawards@pa.gov by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2016.
For more information about the project guidelines or to apply, please click here.