Or Current Resident
Compromise Budget Restrains Spending
The 2008-09 state budget limits increase proposed by the Governor
expenditures for new proposals and in February.
existing programs, while still ensuring • No new taxes or fees. The sched-
the continuation of essential services. uled phase-out of the Capital Stock
A sluggish economy and weak rev- and Franchise Tax is maintained.
enues highlight the need for a guard-
• Basic education funding is increased
ed spending plan.
by $274.7 million, or 5.5 percent.
Main District Office Despite calls by
Funding for individ-
Tracy Evens some to tap the More budget information: ual school districts
Li Kohr Rainy Day Fund to www.senatorvance.com is based on a formu-
Joe Marsicano hike spending, the
la proposed by the
3806 Market Street increases in expen-
Governor, with each district receiv-
Camp Hill, PA 17011 ditures are limited. Many agencies,
ing at least 3 percent more than the
(717) 975-1985 along with the legislative and judicial
1-877-728-8262 branches, received cuts from the
Monday-Friday Governor’s initial budget proposal. Tax Credit Approved for
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer Responders
Individuals serving their communi-
Satellite District Office • Increase of 3.98 percent over last ties through volunteer ambulance serv-
Joe Marsicano year, which is slightly below infla- ices, volunteer fire companies and vol-
59 West Louther Street tion and less than the 4.2 percent unteer rescue companies are eligible for
Carlisle, PA 17013
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9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Senate Box 203031
Room 168 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3031
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
email@example.com There is an effort currently underway to improve access to the Audubon
Hawk Watch at Waggoner’s Gap by creating the Cliff Jones Field Station.
Information on bills, committee The addition will be named in honor of the former DEP Secretary and area
meetings, sessions and background leader who died in May. This area adjacent to Route 74 is one of the finest
on individual members can be
hawk watching opportunities in Pennsylvania. Sen. Vance’s June cable tele-
found on the Internet at
vision show discussed this treasure in depth and can be viewed on her Web
site. Pictured during the taping are, from left, David Grove, site compiler;
Vance; and Kim Van Fleet, Important Bird Area Coordinator.
Printed on recycled Paper
A complete list of legislation I have
sponsored is available on my Web
site. The list will be updated periodi-
cally and includes a brief description
and status of each bill.
Highway Construction Updates
You can find links relating to high-
way and bridge projects on my Web
site. You also can access information
about the regional transportation
plans affecting Cumberland and York
Wellsville Borough held its second annual Fall Parade in October. Sen. Pat
counties. These are long-range plans
that identify future projects in the Vance and Rep. Bev Mackereth rode along the route in a Stanley Steamer
planning stages. owned and driven by Charles Johnson.
Energy Saving Tips Plentiful
As energy prices continue to climb • Use a microwave oven to cook food.
Energy there are many steps that can be They are 75 percent faster than con-
taken to lower one’s bill. ventional ovens thus reducing ener-
Investment • Customers of PPL, Med-Ed and gy use.
Legislation Adams Electric Cooperative can go to
their respective company’s Web site to
• Use a programmable thermostat.
• Replace filters monthly and keep air
Enacted complete a questionnaire that gives an
estimate of where the most money is
vents clean of dust and lint.
• Reduce air leaks by using caulk and
The General Assembly approved spent and receive tips on how to
a measure to increase the develop- decrease the cost. For PPL visit
www.pplelectric.com. Met-Ed’s Web • Turn down the temperature on the
ment and use of alternative and
site is www.firstenergycorp.com/Met- hot water tank.
renewable energy, improve energy
efficiency and reduce energy con- Ed. For Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc • Turn down the thermostat in the
sumption. visit www.adamsec.com. winter and turn it up in the sum-
• Keep drapes and shades closed to mer. By adjusting the thermostat 10
Consumer Highlights to 15 degrees for eight hours each
reduce the cost of cooling a home
• $100 million for solar energy in the summer. day, consumers can realize a 10 per-
projects. Loans, grants or reim- cent savings each year, according to
• Use clothes dryers and dishwashers
bursements shall not exceed 35 the U.S. Department of Energy.
in the early morning or late evening
percent of the purchase and
since they produce heat.
• $10 million annually for low-
income home energy assistance
to supplement federal home
energy assistance funds.
• $92.5 million for a variety of
energy conservation projects.
Loans, grants or reimbursements
shall not exceed 25 percent of
the purchase and installation
The legislation also dedicates
significant resources for business-
es, nonprofit economic develop-
ment organizations and local gov-
ernments for projects relating to Sen. Pat Vance recently participated in the West Shore Elks Club’s Flag
clean energy, alternative energy Day ceremony, which honored 43 World War II veterans who live in the
production, solar energy, renew- area. The veterans are pictured with Vance, Rep. Glen Grell and Col.
able energy and pollution control. Dennis D. Tewksbury, chairman of the Department of Academic Affairs at
the U.S. Army War College.
Budget Restrains Spending
Senate Advances Privacy, Reform Bills
Continued from page 1 Three pieces of legislation, which with Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.”
address security of personal informa- It is estimated that state government
a new tax credit. For 2008, an active tion within a government agency, bring spends tens of millions of taxpayer
volunteer is eligible for a $100 credit, greater accountability to state advertis- dollars annually advertising itself.
which may be claimed on the individ- ing and restrict the usage of state vehi- Finally, Senate Bill 1499 would
ual’s personal income tax return. cles, recently passed the Senate. restrict long-term, state-owned vehicle
Senate Bill 1266 would require a assignments to those employees who
Assistance with Chesapeake Bay
state agency or local government to drive more than an average of 1,200
notify affected individuals of a data miles per month on official business.
New state assistance may help local security breach within seven days of A detailed monthly mileage log would
ratepayers with the burden of funding discovery. Current law requires be posted on the Department of
upgrades to wastewater treatment affected individuals to be notified General Services’ Web site and be
plants. This is especially important to “without reasonable delay.” In the accessible to the general public and
communities that must make past, delays have occurred beyond news media, under the legislation.
upgrades to comply with the the definition of reasonable. All three bills have been assigned
Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy. Senate Bill 1015 would require all to the House State Government
Wastewater treatment plant fund- paid advertising by state government Committee for consideration.
ing is included within plans to bor- to bear a disclaimer stating “Paid for
row for dams and water and sewer
projects. The debt service for a
majority of this borrowing is covered
through monies set aside in the
Gaming Economic Development and
Tourism Fund, without using tax rev-
enues. The remainder would be sub-
ject to a voter referendum before the
borrowing could occur.
No one likes to think about the In February Sen. Pat Vance announced that she had secured $1.5 million
kind of health care they would want in the state’s Capital Budget to address safety concerns at the Opossum
should a catastrophic accident or ill- Lake Dam in Lower Frankford Township. The 59-acre lake was lowered
ness make them unable to express 14 feet in the fall of 2005 after leaks were discovered in the dam’s spill-
their wishes to family, loved ones and way. Construction is expected to begin in late 2009 or early 2010 with
doctors. the lake ready for use again in 2011. Sen. Vance is pictured at the lake
However, it is imperative to give
for the announcement.
these decisions thought before some-
thing occurs. It is estimated only
about 15 percent of people have exe-
cuted an advance directive. A signifi-
cant reason for this low number is Bill, Lobbying Information
that there is considerable confusion
among the public about advance Available on Internet
directives. users track who is lobbying, who
Pennsylvania Senate votes and
The Hospital & Healthsystem individual lobbyists are represent-
debates, along with bills and statutes,
Association of Pennsylvania, a ing, and how they are spending
can now be accessed online via one
statewide organization that advocates their money. In addition, users can
Web site, the Citizen Access Page.
for almost 250 hospitals, long-term view the number of clients each
By visiting my Web site (www.sen
care and home health and hospice lobbyist has and what each one is
atorvance.com) and clicking on the
providers, is working to clear up the spending per client.
“Citizen Access Page” box on the right
confusion through a consumer The site guides users through the
side of the page, one can look up bills
brochure and sample advance health- process, under the headings “How
and amendments, review text of floor
care directive. The information is to View Senate Votes and Debates,”
debates, and see how senators voted.
available at www.CareforPa.org. In “How to Search Pennsylvania
Information is available regarding
addition, at most Pennsylvania hospi- Statutes,” and “How to View
votes in committee and the full Senate.
tals, patients who enter the facility are Lobbyist Disclosure Reports.”
The Citizen Access Page also helps
given information on this topic.
Need to Re-Register for Do Not Call List exempt charitable organizations,
political parties and other groups not
Pennsylvania residents who signed eliminate the need to re-register every peddling goods or services.
up for the Do Not Call List when it five years. The bill is now in the The Senate also is working to elim-
initially began in 2002 need to re-reg- House Appropriations Committee. inate the exemption for political par-
ister to keep unwanted telemarketing Residents can register their names, ties. Senate Bill 820, which I cospon-
calls at bay. addresses and phone numbers – either sored, would make it illegal for any
In 2002 the General Assembly cre- landline or cell phone numbers – with political candidate or organization –
ated a law that allowed telephone the state list by calling 1-888-777- including so-called 527 groups – to
subscribers to register their telephone 3406 or by visiting www.nocalls make automated political calls to any
number on a list that prohibits tele- please.com. Both the toll-free hotline resident who signs up to be on the
marketers from contacting them and and Web site are accessible 24 hours a list. The bill passed the Senate in
subjects telemarketers to fines if they day, seven days a week. April and is now in the House State
fail to comply. The registration is The law excludes those calls from Government Committee.
valid for five years. telemarketers who have an existing
Legislation that passed the Senate business relationship with customers
in May (Senate Bill 1116) would or who are calling on behalf of tax- Pennsylvania Facts
Do you know?
1. What was the northernmost
point Confederate troops reached
during the Civil War?
2. What is the total area of
3. What Pennsylvania-born actress
portrayed Jane Hathaway on the
4. What Pennsylvania community
maintains the largest historic dis-
trict outside of Philadelphia?
5. Around 1797, Pennsylvanian
William P. Eichbaum became the
first person to construct what type
Sen. Pat Vance participated in National Library Week in April by reading of lighting fixture in America?
to third-grade students from Northside Elementary at the Joseph T.
6. What percentage of school-aged
Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg. In addition, she answered
children in Pennsylvania actually
questions from the students. attended school in 1831?
7. Penn State defensive tackle Mike
Reid received the 1986 Song of the
Year award by the American Society
of Composers, Authors and
Publishers for what composition?
8. The Art Association of
Harrisburg occupies what former
Pennsylvania governor’s home?
9. Glen Mills is noted for having
the first manufacturing plant for
10. What was Jim Thorpe’s full
10. James Francis Thorpe
9. Roller skates
8. William Findlay
David Norton, a rising junior at Syracuse University, is interning in Sen. 7. “Lost in the Fifties.”
Pat Vance’s district office this summer. The 2006 graduate of Trinity High 6. Approximately 37 percent
School is studying political science, finance and accounting. He is the son 5. A crystal chandelier
of Alberta and James Norton of Camp Hill. Any college student residing in 4. York
the 31st Senatorial District is welcome to apply for an internship. Please 3. Nancy Kulp
2. 45,126 square miles
contact Li in the district office at 975-1985.