As the General Assembly prepares for what will be a difficult 2013-2014 session, I learned that I’ve been appointed to the influential Senate Appropriations Committee.
The Appropriations Committee must clear any bill that could have a measurable financial impact on Pennsylvania and it steers important budget bills through the Senate.
A voice on appropriations carries a good deal of prestige, but an even larger measure of responsibility.
I believe I was chosen for the committee because of my record of working with members on both sides of the aisle to come up with reasonable solutions without partisan bickering.
With pensions, transportation infrastructure, education and job creation on the agenda this spring, the Appropriations Committee will be a busy group as many different issues compete for limited resources.
I have also been assigned to several other key committees for the session. For more information click here.
Top Showmanship Prize Still on Bucket List
After three consecutive appearances in the VIP Dairy Showmanship competition at the Farm Show, I still don't have the trophy for my shelf.
This year, my coach was Robert Stanton, of Manor Meadows Farm in Everett. Despite that good coaching and the years of experience, the top prize went to Sen. Mike Waugh, of York County.
Still, I had a great week at the Farm Show, visiting local participants and taking part in a discussion about gas drilling and its effect on agriculture across the state.
Toomey Staffers to Visit Canonsburg Office, Hear Federal Concerns
Two staffers of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey will visit my Canonsburg office later this month to listen to constituents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs.
Constituents are encouraged to bring documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues.
Katelyn King, Sen. Toomey’s southwest regional manager, and caseworker Shawn Conway, will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29.