May. 05, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
 
Your Electric Bill
                   
Consumers who buy their electricity from PPL Electric Utilities will see a 14 percent price increase on June 1.

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price or provide a specific service you want, such as green/renewable energy. Each plan notes whether it is fixed rate or variable.

I encourage you to take a moment to explore your options on PAPowerSwitch.com. This website site, which is run by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, has information on several dozen alternative suppliers, many of which offer cheaper prices than PPL.
                   
          
Focus on Forestry
          
 
                                     
On Wednesday, I joined other members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and forestry experts in Bradford County for a round table discussion about the importance of Pennsylvania’s forest products industry to the local and statewide economies, as well as how to maximize the opportunities it offers.
                      
         
 
Economic Update
                
Pennsylvania collected $3.4 billion in General Fund revenue in April, which was $537.1 million, or 13.5 percent, less than anticipated. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections total $25.8 billion, which is $1.2 billion, or 4.5 percent, below estimate. Learn more here.
           
         
 
Dog Wardens to Canvass Area in May
               
If you live in Perry or Cumberland County, you could receive a visit from a Pennsylvania dog warden during the month of May to check for your dog’s license and current rabies vaccination.

An annual license is $8.50, and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50, and lifetime fee is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. Dog licenses are available from the county treasurer’s office and other licensing agents.

Remember, the cost of an annual license is cheaper than the fine you could receive (up to $300).
             
Learn more here.
                   
         
 
Recycle Your Electronics
                  
An electronics recycling event will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Newport. The cost is $5 per vehicle. Learn more here.
           
         
Honored by the FFA
                
 
                                   
Last Friday evening, it was my pleasure to attend the annual West Perry FFA Chapter banquet at the high school, where they presented me with their Honorary Award.

From left to right are Colby McMillen, president; Sydney Bortz, reporter; Jazmin Weibley, sentinel; Libby Brownawell, secretary; Kassandra Nulton, vice president; Rachel Jay, chaplain; Mackenzie Curtis, student advisor; and Timber Thebes, treasurer.
         
         
 
Check Out PA’s ‘Happy Traveler’ Guide
               
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office has released its annual “Happy Traveler” vacation guide to help residents and visitors plan a perfect summer vacation or weekend getaway.

The guide features information about the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and encourages travelers to visit one of his iconic properties – Fallingwater, Duncan House and Kentuck Knob.

Additionally, the guide features 11 new “Happy Day Road Trips,” one in each of the state’s distinct tourism regions, providing visitors a one-stop shop for even more of Pennsylvania’s best unique stops and only-in-PA attractions.

The travel guide is available digitally, or free printed copies can be requested at www.visitPA.com.
                    
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