Montgomery County officials are staking steps to cut their energy consumption. Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says, they’re looking to cut it in half.
“Making our buildings much more energy efficient, looking at ways to use our power more economically and carefully. In doing so, you have the short term dollar savings, but then you’ve got the long term positive impact on your budget and on the environment.”
Shaprio says, a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption will save taxpayers more than a million dollars.
Lansdale Borough Council will take action on a trash and recycling ordinance on Wednesday. It will prohibit haulers from picking up after seven at night or before six in the morning. Council member, Mike Sobel says some haulers were picking up earlier than that.
“Some of the commercial properties were being picked that early and sometimes if they’re running late they would be there after 7pm. We did have some residents complain about this.”
The new pickup hours will apply for residential as well as commercial properties.
Another fiscal cliff is looming this fall, according to Republican Senator, Pat Toomey. Toomey says, Democrats continue to refuse to do traditional appropriations bills.
“That creates a dilemma of how do you continue to funs the government. What we’ve done is recent years is a terribly bad policy, which is, you roll out this thousand page, literally trillion dollar bill that continues everything the way it is today. No scrutiny, no amendments, no modifications. No conditions on what the administration can do, it’s terrible,”
During a recent WNPV interview, Toomey said he also expects another fight over the debt limit this fall.
Bucks County Congressman, Mike Fitzpatrick says the government needs to start cutting back on its travel expenses. Fitzpatrick has crafted a bill called
“Stay in Place Cut The Waste"….. Fitzpatrick says the key to cutting expenses is through video conferencing.
“And what it would do is cut 50 percent of government agency travel and replace it with video conferencing. The savings in one years would be 5 billion dollars. Over a ten year period we’re talking about 50 billion dollar savings during the budget cycle.”
Fitzpatrick was a guest on the AM-Edition Friday Morning