The Mehaffie Message 7/13/21 - Emailed Newsletter

Jul. 26, 2021 / Press Release

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier recently reminded Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment benefits that work search requirements have now resumed. Because claimants always file for benefits the week after they are unemployed, individuals will start certifying they looked for work beginning July 18.

Speaker Announces Member’s Immediate Resignation

Jul. 23, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Yesterday the Attorney General of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Philadelphia). Today, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) received Davidson’s resignation letter, effective immediately.

Where Are the 217 Children of Luzerne County Now?

Jul. 12, 2021 / Press Release

In light of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s investigation of Luzerne County Children and Youth, we need to ask some very important follow-up questions. It is absolutely shocking and disheartening to see that children have been left unprotected by the very system that is built to save them from neglect and abuse.

Heffley’s Anti-Blight Bill Now Law

Jul. 01, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) that provides communities with another tool for fighting blight has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 33 of 2021, formerly House Bill 264, requires tax sale participants to register beforehand, which will assist municipalities in identifying the owners of blighted properties in a timely manner.

Sankey, Rigby Support Fiscally-Responsible State Budget Plan

Jun. 30, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – State Reps. Tommy Sankey (R-Osceola Mills) and Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) today voted to support Senate Bill 255, the primary piece of legislation which makes up the 2021-22 state budget package. The bill, which passed by a 140-61 margin, now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Rader Supports No-Tax-Increase Budget and Boost in Education Funding

Jun. 25, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) today joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing the 2021-22 state budget bill. The $39.78 billion proposal increases education funding to historic levels without raising taxes while making a record deposit into Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund.

Topper Issues Statement on Responsible Budget

Jun. 25, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – The General Assembly approved today a responsible budget that addresses the needs of today while planning for the future. In response, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, which investigates yearly budget requests and creates budgets, issued the following statement:

Budget Proposal Good for Pennsylvanians, Stambaugh Says

Jun. 25, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – The $39.8 billion budget passed by the House of Representatives on Friday saves money for the future and invests in early childhood education, infrastructure, public schools and state police, according to Rep. Perry Stambaugh (R-Perry/Cumberland).

House Passes Budget, Paves Way for Economic Recovery, Moul Says

Jun. 25, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG - Nearly one week shy of the state budget deadline, the House today passed a budget that fully funds the core functions of state government with no new taxes or fee increases. The 2021-22 budget includes $39.8 billion in General Fund revenues and more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds. It will also set aside $2.5 billion in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to a record $2.8 billion, and preserves more than $5 billion of federal relief funds to aid future budgets.

Millard Votes for No Tax Increase in 2021-22 Pennsylvania Budget

Jun. 25, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia) today in Harrisburg voted for Senate Bill 255, the General Appropriations portion of the state budget, which was approved by the House of Representatives. The 2021-22 Pennsylvania budget would spend $39 billion in General Fund dollars, and $1 billion in federal relief funds, to fund the core functions of government services and invest in jobs, infrastructure and education, all while avoiding any new or increased taxes.