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Bucks County Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Bucks County will begin its household hazardous waste collection next month, which allows residents to drop off products containing toxic chemicals, such as pesticides; flammables; and caustics, as well as propane tanks and household and automotive batteries.

The first collection will held at Harry S. Truman High School, 3001 Green Lane, in Bristol Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27.

For additional information, including a full list of accepted items and additional dates, click here.                                                           
Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program Training
The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program in Bucks County has extended its deadline to sign up for training to become a volunteer. The new application deadline is April 30.

After training, volunteers take part in projects across the county to help protect our waterways and wildlife habitat. The training program begins Thursday, June 22, and continues subsequent Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. through Sept. 22.

For more information about the program, costs and volunteer commitment, or to request an application for the 2017 training program, contact Kathleen Connally at 215-345-3283 or at kxc30@psu.edu. You can also click here
Crafting the State Budget

The process of finalizing a state budget is complicated, and it’s a responsibility that is not taken lightly by state legislators. The General Assembly’s work began in February when Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his $32.3 billion budget proposal. Recently, the House sent a $31.52 billion budget proposal, House Bill 218, to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 218 represents about $246 million less in spending than the current fiscal year budget and about $815 million less than Gov. Wolf’s proposal.

Of course, this budget proposal still has to be approved by the Senate. I fully expect changes to be made, as we are early in the process. In the weeks after the governor’s budget address, the House and Senate Appropriations committees have analyzed figures and held hearings.

Some highlights of House Bill 218 that we approved include:

• $100 increase for basic education
• $20 million increase for Pre-K Counts
• $5 million increase for Head Start
• $25 million increase for special education

The increase in basic education funding will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula that was enacted two years ago.

The Commonwealth’s fiscal year begins July 1, so it is very important that a new budget is signed into law prior to that. It is important that we have a budget that reflects our economic situation and equitably addresses our Commonwealth’s priorities and needs.

Student Artists Receive House Citations
On April 13, several students from Central Bucks West High School were presented with House citations during an art exhibit I hosted at my district office in Doylestown. The art exhibit was well received with nearly 34 students and parents in attendance.
                                   
State Revenue Collections Continue to Fall Short
I hate to follow a budget update with this news. The reality is, since the start of the fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2016, General Fund revenue collections were $22.4 billion, which is $679.3 million, or nearly 3 percent, below expectations. For the month of March, General Fund collections were $4.4 billion, which is $229.6 million below estimate.

Sales tax receipts totaled $760.6 million for March, $5.2 million below estimate. Personal income tax (PIT) revenue also continued to drop, and in March was $1.2 billion, $15.1 million below estimate.

March corporation tax revenue of $2.2 billion was $178.9 million below estimate. Inheritance tax revenue for the month was $92.9 million, $8.5 million above estimate. Revenue from the realty transfer tax revenue was $33.4 million for March, $7.8 million below estimate.

However, one area of revenue has been exceeding expectations. Other General Fund tax revenue, including cigarette, other tobacco products, malt beverage, liquor and table games taxes, totaled $83.3 million for the month, $15.1 million above estimate and bringing the year-to-date total to $1.3 billion, which is $8.9 million, or 0.7 percent, below estimate.

Non-tax revenue, such as fees and other income, totaled $45.8 million for the month, $46.2 million below estimate.

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $236.6 million for the month, $2.2 million below estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $2 billion, which is $20.3 million, or 1 percent, below estimate. This revenue funds bridges, as well as 75 percent of our state police budget.

House in Session this Week
The House returns to session this week and is expected to take up many important pieces of legislation. To watch the goings-on in the House on Tuesday and Wednesday, go to pahousegop.com. For updates on what’s happening in Harrisburg, go to my website, RepQuinn.net, or my Facebook page.


Route 313 Project in Bedminster Township to Get Underway
Starting Monday, April 24, a section of Route 313 will be closed for a project to rehabilitate a bridge that carries the road over Perkiomen Creek in Bedminster Township.

The bridge, built in 1930, is expected to reopen in mid-June. During the project, crews will replace the bridge deck, beams and parapets.

Motorists will be detoured around the bridge during the project. Drivers will use Route 563 (Ridge Road), Elephant Road, and Route 113 (Bedminster Road). Trucks will follow Route 563 (Ridge Road), Route 309 and Route 113 (Souderton Road).

New Delaware Valley University President Takes Office
What a pleasure it was to attend the inauguration of Delaware Valley University's 13th president, Dr. Maria Gallo! “Dream..Design..Do,” take a dream, apply the discipline and design a workable plan.....I can't wait to watch Dr. Gallo in action at Del Val!

Special Savings Accounts for Individuals with Disability Becomes Reality
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program is now open for enrollment. PA ABLE accounts allow eligible individuals and their families to save for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses without jeopardizing government benefits.

The ABLE Savings Program gives individuals with qualified disabilities a federal tax-free way to save for future disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. At paable.gov, you will find a short quiz to help determine eligibility, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section and allows users to sign up to receive updates on the program, including when accounts open for enrollment.

The Pennsylvania Treasury, which operates the site, has also opened an ABLE Call Center at (855) 529-2253 which operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local Students Head to National Robotics Competition
Congratulations to Palisades and Archbishop Wood students, who recently competed at Lehigh University in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Mid Atlantic District Championship. The mission of F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to encourage students of all ages to pursue scientific or technical careers, to build self-confidence and to develop problem-solving skills.

Palisades’ Cybersonics team won the Entrepreneurship Award and the F.I.R.S.T. Dean's List Finalist Award was presented to Emma Woehr. The Archbishop Wood Robo Vikings won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award presented to Thomas Galie.

I attended the competition at Lehigh University and was overwhelmed by the creativity and talent of each team. F.I.R.S.T. is a wonderful program!

I wish the best of luck to both teams as they head to St. Louis for the National F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition.
 
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