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Coffee and Conversation Scheduled for the 32nd District
I will be having a series of meetings all over the 32nd District the week of August 8th to discuss the issues facing our Commonwealth. These meetings are an opportunity for me to meet with constituents face-to-face and hear what I can do to assist you as I represent you in Harrisburg.
Please stop by one of the following locations and have a cup of coffee with me:
August 8, 2016
August 9, 2016
August 10, 2016
Stefano Bill Establishing Restricted Fund for ATV Activities to Become Law
I am pleased to announce that Senate Bill 648, which I sponsored and which passed the Senate on October, was approved by the House of Representatives and will be my first bill signed into law.
The legislation came about after a meeting I had with a constituent involved in an ATV club in Fayette County. They were having trouble accessing grants available to them and expressed their frustration at the disproportionate funding that snowmobile trails received and the far greater amount of trails available for snowmobile activity. My legislation helps provide more opportunity for the development of ATV trails and the economic boost that will come from them.
The legislation will require that monies generated through ATV-related operations are placed in a restricted account to be used for purposes including the construction and maintenance of ATV trails and acquisition of equipment, supplies and interests in land.
These funds are needed for training, education, construction and maintenance of ATV trails, and more. My legislation will provide more equitable distribution of funds, ensure that ATV activities are more fairly funded, and require a more detailed accounting of these dollars.
What a Difference a Year Makes
On June 30 bipartisan majorities of both the state Senate and House sent Gov. Tom Wolf a budget that will avoid the long and damaging budget impasse of last year caused by the governor’s insistence on broad-based tax increases on Pennsylvanians.
While this budget is far from perfect, I voted in favor of this budget because it provided $200 million in new funding for our schools, it provided much needed funding to combat the opioid crisis in our communities and did not subject our school districts, county agencies and nonprofits to another year of having to borrow money just to stay open and then figure out how to pay off the interest.
Hear more about my thoughts on the budget in this article from my website: http://www.senatorstefano.com/2016/07/07/what-a-difference-a-year-makes/
Fayette County Fair is in Full Swing
The Fayette County Fair is open for 2016 and I was honored to be a part of the opening ceremonies for the fair again this year. Please don’t forget to stop by my table at Commercial Building #3 for information on Pennsylvania state programs and a chance to win our giveaway basket! The fair runs from July 28th to August 6th.
Senate Box 203032
171 West Crawford Ave
118 West Main Street