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HARRISBURG – Responding to the credit downgrade from Standard & Poor’s today, House Republican leaders reminded investors and Pennsylvanians that the Commonwealth has never missed a payment and tax revenues are continuously being collected. The leaders also suggested the downgrade could help bring lawmakers together in the effort to address major cost-drivers in the state budget.
WHAT: State legislators from across Pennsylvania will participate in a legislative hearing to accept testimony from local job creators that have been impeded by Pennsylvania’s state agencies, complex regulations and cumbersome processes. Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township), the hearing will also include testimony from members of the local economic development community who are helping small businesses get up and running, and are working to attract new jobs to the region.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives has designated this Sunday, Sept. 10, as Suicide Prevention Day and September 2017 as Suicide Prevention Month in Pennsylvania.
WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, led by Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), is hosting a hearing to continue its review of welfare fraud and abuse in an effort to reform the system.
HARRISBURG – As part of the House Republican effort to reinvent the operations and priorities of Pennsylvania government, the House approved legislation to stop pension costs from draining critical taxpayer resources away from schools, law enforcement and other important programs, House leaders said today. With a bipartisan vote of 143-53, the bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.
HARRISBURG – Working to ensure open lines of communication with the people he represents, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) is hosting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) announced today that his legislation to prohibit those charged with sex offenses against children from being placed into the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, or ARD as it is more commonly known, once again passed the House of Representatives with unanimous, bipartisan support.
HARRISBURG –The House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Resolution 113, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), congratulating Pennsylvania State University students for raising more than $10 million this year to help fight pediatric cancer.
WHAT: State government agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases in an attempt to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Yet, despite the money being spent, the data collected is not being used to its fullest potential, personnel costs are climbing, fraud and system abuse continues, and Pennsylvania is still years behind in its technology capabilities.
WHAT: Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette), state legislators are traveling to Donora, Washington County, to gather testimony about the state’s drug epidemic and how it is impacting the local community. Testifiers will offer suggestions on legislative actions that could be taken to better tackle the epidemic. Several testifiers plan to discuss how data collection on drug use, blight and economic development could be used to address the growing crisis.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.34 billion budget proposal, which includes a few consolidation and cost-saving measures, but also includes $1 billion in new taxes. Wolf’s budget would spend over $500 million more than the current year.
HARRISBURG – Fire and emergency response organizations in the 171st Legislative District have been awarded $174,770.39 in state grant funding, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) announced today.
MIFFLINBURG – Local government officials and leaders of area nonprofit organizations are invited to a grant writing seminar on Friday, Feb. 17, at Middlecreek Area Community Center, 67 Elm St., Beaver Springs.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, took the oath of office to serve the residents of the 171st Legislative District for a new two-year term.