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Excessive Regulation = Stagnant Economy
It takes the average person 18 weeks to read the Pennsylvania Code.
Pennsylvania currently has more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions that stretch across every industry operating within the Commonwealth.

The overwhelming number of regulations, voluminous regulating bodies, delays in issuing permits, and other enforcement uncertainties overloads job creators and stymies the economy – while providing minimal accountability to taxpayers.

For example, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a multi-state commission that manages water use and has the ability to fine small municipalities and companies. Yet, the commission is not even subject to right-to-know requests, a very basic tenet of transparency in this state.

This week, I voted with a majority of my House colleagues to approve the Regulatory Reform Act, a package of bills aimed at making regulations collaborative, not punitive. In other words, regulators should work with not against businesses, giving these job-creators opportunities to fix violations before suffering from fines/fees.

Establish regular regulations reviews: Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill's House Bill 209 would establish the Independent Office of the Repealer to undertake an ongoing review of existing regulations.

Create a review process for proposed regulations: House Bill 1237, proposed by Rep. Dawn Keefer, enhances reviews for economically significant regulations, those with an annual fiscal impact of $1 million or more.

Returning authority to the people: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff's House Bill 1792 allows the General Assembly to repeal state regulations concurrently in effect. As it stands now, non-elected bureaucrats have the power to destroy businesses and jobs with crippling regulations and penalties. Members of the General Assembly must answer to the voters in regular elections.

Providing clarity to the permitting process: House Bill 1959, sponsored by Rep. Greg Rothman, requires agencies to develop a navigable online permit tracking system.

Regulatory reform is essential to ensuring equal economic opportunity for all. The package now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

Bills on the Move: Career, Technical Education Package Passes House
To help job creators fill in-demand jobs now and in the future, the House overwhelmingly approved a nine-bill bipartisan package to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.

The bills – which are designed highlight the benefits of this educational option for students looking to enter the workforce -- now move to the state Senate for consideration.

More information is available here

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2016
By Chris Edwards, The Cato Institute
State governments have been in an expansionary phase in recent years. Even though U.S. economic growth since the last recession has been sluggish, general fund revenues of state governments have grown 33 percent since 2010. Some of the nation’s governors have used the growing revenues to expand spending programs, while others have pursued tax cuts and tax reforms.

That is the backdrop to this year’s 13th biennial fiscal report card on the governors, which examines state budget actions since 2014. It uses statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records — governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades.

Five governors were awarded an “A” on this report: Paul LePage of Maine, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Rick Scott of Florida, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Mike Pence of Indiana.

Ten governors were awarded an “F”: Robert Bentley of Alabama, Peter Shumlin of Vermont, Jerry Brown of California, David Ige of Hawaii, Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

With the growing revenues of recent years, most states have balanced their short-term budgets without major problems, but many states face large challenges ahead. Medicaid costs are rising, and federal aid for this huge health program will likely be reduced in coming years. At the same time, many states have high levels of unfunded liabilities in their pension and retiree health plans. Those factors will create pressure for states to raise taxes. Yet global economic competition demands that states improve their investment climates by cutting tax rates, particularly on businesses, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers.

This report discusses fiscal policy trends and examines the tax and spending actions of each governor in detail. The hope is that the report encourages more state policymakers to follow the fiscal approaches of the top-scoring governors.

Download the entire report here.                                   

Free Dental Care for Veterans
On Saturday, June 9, @AspenDental practices in Pennsylvania will be providing free dental care to veterans. Call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment! #HealthyMouthMovement

Participating Aspen Dental Practices Nearby
• Aspen Dental Associates, 1451 Quentin Road, STE 300, Lebanon, (717) 438-4318.

Getting Monthly Medications at Once
As a way to help senior citizens and others who take monthly maintenance medications, the House this week passed legislation that would allow customers to synchronize the refilling of their prescription drug medications.

House Bill 1800 would make filling prescriptions more convenient, as it would eliminate multiple visits to the pharmacy by allowing all prescriptions to be filled on the same day each month. Different refill dates throughout the month can make it difficult, especially for those who use public transportation, to pick up their medicine.

Studies have shown that when medications are not synchronized, a reduction in taking medications as prescribed occurs.

Currently, consumers can request this synchronization, but this bill simply puts the practice into state law and prohibits an insurance company from denying coverage for a partial fill of a script in order to facilitate medication synchronization. Thirty-five other states have enacted or introduced similar legislation.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis.

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years and for the first time deer ticks have been found in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The 2014 Lyme disease report released last year by the Department of Health showed 7,400 cases of Lyme disease reported in the Commonwealth.

In an effort to address this issue, Department of Health recently launched “Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick,” a campaign aimed at raising Lyme-disease awareness.

For tips about how to protect yourself from Lyme disease, click here

Dog License and Rabies Vaccine Canvassing this Month
During the month of May, state dog wardens will continue to be in neighborhoods across Pennsylvania conducting license and rabies compliance checks. All dogs, three months and older, must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats must be vaccinated against rabies to help protect the public and other dogs against this disease.

In addition to finding a way home for lost dogs, dollars spent on a license allow the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to protect dogs in kennels, crack down on illegal kennels, keep track of dangerous dogs, and investigate dog bites.

Compliance checks will be conducted in the following counties in May 2018: Adams, Allegheny, Bedford, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Snyder, Tioga, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and York Counties.

• Dog wardens are permitted to knock on doors and inquire about dog ownership and licensure. They have the same rights as any private citizen – Girl Scouts, trick-or-treaters, and door-to-door salespeople – to knock on a door. As residents, you are welcome to open the door, or not, and inviting wardens into the home is not required.
• The wardens are trained to respect resident’s rights and are ultimately working to protect both the people and dogs of the Commonwealth.
• Dog wardens do have the authority to give notices and/or citations, and they may also leave them on doors.
• Wardens are not permitted to enter the home uninvited nor are they permitted to explore the surrounding area of the home. They must leave when asked to do so, without a warrant.
• If a resident has a no trespassing sign visible, then the wardens will not approach the home unless they have a warrant.
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