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District Office
1032 N. Easton Rd
Doylestown, PA 18902-1055
Plumstead Township
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F *
Phone: (215) 489-2126
Fax: (215) 489-2129
*District office is handicapped accessible

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Hon. Marguerite Quinn 
141 East Wing
PO Box 202143
Harrisburg PA 17120-2143
Phone: (717) 772-1413
Fax: (717) 783-3793
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2017 Senior Expo
I will be holding my 11th annual Senior Expo on Friday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Bucks Senior Center, located at 700 Shady Retreat Road in
Doylestown. There is no cost to attend.

The Senior Expo will include exhibitors, lunch and musical entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to bring old, unused or expired medications for proper disposal. If you are interested in attending, please call my district office at 215-489-2126 to register.
Golden Anniversary Tea Scheduled
I will be hosting a Golden Anniversary Tea to honor couples living in the 143rd District who have been married for 50 years or longer on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St. in Doylestown.

If you, or a couple you know who reside in the 143rd Legislative District, are interested in participating in this special recognition, please call my district office at 215-489-2126 to register. You will be asked to provide the names of the anniversary couple, address, phone number and date of marriage. A personal invitation will be sent via mail.
Senate Sends Revenue Plan Back to the House

On Wednesday of this week the state Senate voted 43-7 not to concur with the revenue plan the House sent to the Senate. This non-concurrence vote was neither a surprise, nor a disappointment to me, as I had voted against the bill that the House sent to the Senate. House Bill 453 was intended to close the budget process by offering revenue to balance the spending plan that passed into law on June 30.

I had numerous concerns with the revenue plan, including the impending credit downgrade that has now occurred. We had been warned again and again by the credit agencies that unless we had a recurring revenue in our plan, the downgrade was inevitable. We are two and a half months without a budget, and there was no agreement on House Bill 453 with the Senate or the governor. A lack of agreement means that the bill will not become law. That is exactly what happened.

Additionally, I voted against this plan because it included taking $630 million from 38 different dedicated funds. While there could be some money taken from these various sources, I was not confident that we knew enough about the funds and their intended use to simply take the money and redirect it to the General Fund. I was especially concerned with the money being pulled from transportation and environmental funds. Without knowing how much of these funds were already committed, or knowing the impact, such reductions could have to programs or to infrastructure improvements in various planning stages, I could not be a yes vote. My concerns about the availability of these funds was echoed by the Senate and the governor.

The non-concurrence vote will trigger the formation of a conference committee, made up of three members of the House and three members of the Senate. They will be tasked with crafting a plan that can garner 102 votes in the House, 26 votes in the Senate and one vote from the governor.

It is imperative that we finalize the 2017-18 budget. However, one time transfers will only put us in the same position next year. We must address the structural problems in our budget in a fiscally responsible manner.

Telephone Town Hall on Monday

I will be holding a telephone town hall on Monday at 6:45 p.m. and you don’t even have to leave your home to join in. These phone meetings allow me to reach out to you directly to discuss state-related issues. It also means you have the opportunity to tell me your thoughts on the issues.

How it works is you will receive a conference call from me and you can join in the conversation by pressing star 3 on your keypad. If you don’t want to say anything but just listen, that’s fine, too. I have no control over which households or phones are called. A computer generates and places the call to thousands of phones. If you receive one of the calls, I hope it is a convenient time to speak with me. If it is not, I apologize in advance for bothering you.

If you wish to get in the queue to ask me a question during the telephone town hall meeting, you will be asked the nature of your question. The purpose of this “screening” is to eliminate redundancy, and to make sure the question is related to state government, not local or federal issues.

I look forward to speaking with you Monday evening!

Ash Trees at Nockamixon State Park to be Removed

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will remove dying ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer and other trees that may become a hazard at Nockamixon State park. The work will begin this fall.

A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees within a 1½ tree-lengths from roads, picnic areas and high use areas, as well as from an area on the south side of the park off Elephant Road.

The emerald ash borer is an exotic invasive forest pest that infests all ash species. The larva live and feed just under the tree bark. This damage disrupts the transport of water and nutrients between the roots, leaves and growing tissues causing a rapid decline and death of the tree.

Overseen by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, the salvage harvest effort will entail retention of all other healthy, hardwood tree species in the area. Once removal is complete, re-planting plans will be implemented.

Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run

The 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Sept. 11, 2011, and of the global war on terror. Join them at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, for a ceremony and the run to raise awareness and honor the fallen.

Fallen Heroes Banners Return to Doylestown

Banners to honor the men and women from Bucks County killed while serving in the military during the War on Terror will be raised in Doylestown this weekend.

A ceremony will be held at Freedom Square, a community-built mosaic memorial located at Pine Street and Garden Alley, will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. The ceremony is a time to pause and reflect on and remember those who gave their all serving our country. The event is free to attend.

Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors

As autumn begins, the leaves are beginning to brighten across parts of Pennsylvania, including here in the 143rd District, helping to boost tourism activities in many regions.

Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. Visitors from Pennsylvania and beyond can find the best places to view fall foliage and track the locations of the peak colors throughout the state. Click here to read more about Pennsylvania’s fall tourism activities.

To find local, Bucks County fall events near you, click here.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Doylestown Health

I was privileged to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Doylestown Health’s Center for Heart and Vascular Care. I have lived in Doylestown 45 years, and it has been exciting to watch the growth of our hospital system. The high quality of care is equally matched by the compassion exhibited by all those who dedicate time and talent to keeping our community healthy.

Message from Doylestown Health: “We are extremely grateful to all of those whose generous resources all for the construction of a state-of-the-art heart and vascular center where science and technology meet grace and humanity to safeguard the future of excellence in patient care and improve the quality of life for all members of the community.”

Pictured (from left) are: Doylestown Supervisor Barbara Lyons, me, Joan Parlee, Jim Brexler, Steve Novello, Dr. Joe Auteri, Eleanor Wilson and Cory Schroeder.

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1032 N. Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902-1055 | Phone: (215) 489-2126
141 East Wing, PO Box 202143, Harrisburg PA 17120-2143 | Phone: (717) 772-1413
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