In this Update:
My first legislative survey seeks your input on Governor Wolf’s plan to enter Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
In late 2019, Governor Wolf announced his desire to enter Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through the regulatory review process, therefore bypassing the General Assembly.
Pennsylvania entering RGGI will result in all coal-fired power plants to close in the Commonwealth, raise every Pennsylvanian’s electric bill, and an independent study concluded entering RGGI will have no direct impact on the air quality of the Commonwealth.
Do you think Pennsylvania should join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
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Grand Opening of National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
This week, I attended the Grand Opening at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in Geistown Borough, Cambria County. NCDMM delivers innovative collaborative solutions to defense manufacturing stakeholders.
Visit to Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
On Wednesday, I enjoyed visiting the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Cambria County. Thank you for the conversation and the tour of this incredible museum.
Concealed Carry Seminar
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Conceal Carry Seminar this week. Providing these types of educational seminars are an important part of representing the 35th District. Thank you to PA State Rep. Jim Rigby, District Attorney Neugebauer and Assistant DA Jessica Aurandt, and Chief Burgan for their assistance with the program. A huge thank you to Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the event.
Ribbon Cutting at G.I. Dough Pizzeria and Grill
On Wednesday, my staff attended the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for G. I. Dough Pizzeria and Grill in Ebensburg, Cambria County. Best of luck to this veteran-owned business!
Rally Against Tolling Interstate Bridges Set for June 8
I look forward to joining fellow lawmakers and representatives of local communities in a June 8 Capitol rally against the Wolf administration’s plan to toll nine interstate bridges.
The bridge tolling initiative will cost the average commuter an additional $1,000 per year and was moved through the process without legislative input or approval. Commonwealth Court recently halted the plan, siding with a county and several municipalities that challenged the plan as unconstitutional. The administration has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
The administration’s plan would add tolls to the following bridges:
The Senate approved my Senate Bill 382 to halt the tolling and require more transparency in the Public-Private Partnership process, which produced the tolling plan. Gov. Tom Wolf has threatened to veto the measure. The rally will be held June 8 at 10 a.m. and streamed live at PASenateGOP.com and Facebook.com/PASenateGOP.
Preparing for America’s Semiquincentennial
Planning for America’s 250th birthday in 2026 would be aided by legislation approved by the Senate to help fund Pennsylvania’s celebratory efforts.
Senate Bill 1186 would allocate a portion of the fee from the sale of the special USA semiquincentennial registration plate to the Pennsylvania Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial.
Scammers are Targeting Student Loan Borrowers
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency warns that recent reports about potential broad-based federal loan forgiveness and other changes to student loan programs are creating opportunities for scammers to target student loan borrowers.
One of the recent scams attempts to convince borrowers that there are new student loan rules in place that require immediate action. Scammers typically promise unrealistic amounts of loan forgiveness, offer short cuts to loan forgiveness, or try to get a borrower’s Federal Student Aid ID or other personal information and then rush them into paying immediately.
Scammers will often use the U.S. Department of Education’s name and seal to give it legitimacy.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
June 6 is the Anniversary of D-Day
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.” — Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, on the eve of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944
More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard march across Europe, to defeat occupying German troops. We must never forget the brave, young men who confronted a danger few can imagine in the name of liberty.