Legislative action is moving in Harrisburg. The house passed a 28.3 billion dollar budget. State Rep. Paul Clymer says 280-million dollars more has been earmarked for education in this budget.
“We also increased pre-k education by almost 5-million dollars, head start supplemental assistance, we increased dollars for that as well and dollars for higher education.”
Clymer was a guest on the am-edition Friday morning. The senate is expected to weigh-in on the bill during the week of June 24th.
The issue of immigration reform continues to be a source of heated debate in D.C. Pennsylvania U-S Senator, Bob Casey admits the system, in its current form is broken, laying the path for a bad economic outcome. Casey says, if immigration reform is passed, it could possibly benefit the nation’s financial health.
“One estimate by at least two conservative think tanks is that immigration reform could lead to massive deficit reduction of more than two trillion dollars over ten years.”
Casey does questions the accuracy of those conservative think tanks. He also believes any pathway to citizenship must be earned. Casey was a recent guest on the AM-Edition
Debate continues on the course the state will take on generating money for the repair of roads and bridges throughout the state. State Rep. Paul Clymer is concerned about the vast number of state roads that need care.
“I do support a modest increase for the cost of gas at the pump and modest increases for registration and licenses. I think the motorists understand that we have an infrastructure that needs serious repairs and needs to be rebuilt.”
Clymer doesn’t agree with the Rafferty bill, feeling that the measure is too steep. But he believes the two sides can come to an agreement to modestly increase fees for transportation issues.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says he’s working with a group of lawmakers from both parties to introduce a series of bills.
“I’m part of the “No Labels’ organization and we’re going to roll out nine bi-partisan bills. Sponsored by an organization that is comprised of 70 Democrats and Republicans with a Motto of start fixing, stop fighting.”
Fitzpatrick says he’ll be in the lead sponsor of a bill designed to cut in half the amount of money the Federal Government spends on meetings and out of town conferences.