Mar. 03, 2017

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The Weekly Roundup


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Committee Questions Status of Unemployment Comp System

Members of the House Labor and Industry Committee questioned Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino about the impact of furloughs in the Unemployment Compensation (UC) bureau and expected computer system upgrades that were supposed to have been completed years ago.

Since the furloughs and three UC center closures two months ago, residents seeking to submit claims or obtain information from the bureau have experienced lengthy delays or lack of response.

The Wolf administration furloughed staff when an extension of state funding was not approved by the Senate last year, and is now operating solely on federal funding. Subsequent reports revealed that errors made at the department caused the state to lose millions in federal funding. The administration is trying to recoup those funds.

The committee was seeking information from the secretary to explore what short- and/or long-term plans may be necessary in order to meet the needs of those currently waiting for service, as well as to ensure greater accountability and more efficient services within the UC system going forward.

To watch a recording of the hearing, click here.  
What’s Bugging My Trees?

I will be hosting a Gypsy Moth and Invasive Species Seminar on Tuesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in my Lehighton district office, 110 North 3rd St., Lehighton. The seminar will be held on the first floor and is open to all residents of the 122nd District who are interested in learning about the gypsy moth problem plaguing Carbon County’s trees and ecosystems.
At the seminar, a service forester for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will present information about gypsy moth spraying and will answer questions about this destructive species. There’s no need to RSVP. For more information, visit
Program Offers Assistance with Septic Systems

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), together with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, offers a program with low-interest loans to homeowners to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.

Assistance is available to eligible homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system or to connect for the first time to a public sewer system.

More information can be found here.
Our Sportsmen’s Expo is Saturday, March 25

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My Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Expo will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 from 2-5 p.m. This a free event with more than 30 sportsmen, outdoor and recreational vendors on site.

A hunter education course will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for the course, visit
Celebrating Read Across America Day

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to read to second –and-third grade students at Weatherly Area Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which was March 2, I read “The Cat in the Hat.”
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