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Committee Will Focus on Cost Savings in State Government
This year’s round of state budget negotiations is expected to be extremely difficult and contentious due to a budget shortfall that could approach or exceed $600 million. In light of the significant challenges we are likely to face this year in creating a balanced and responsible state spending plan, it has never been more important for lawmakers to explore every avenue to restructure government operations and save tax dollars.
The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee plays a critical role in reviewing legislation to streamline state government programs, services and agencies. It was an honor for me to be appointed recently to lead this panel in the 2017-18 Legislative Session.
Taxpayers deserve to know that their money is being managed in a way that minimizes costs and maximizes results. In the weeks and months to come, I look forward to working with the members of the committee to find new ways to make state government operate more efficiently.
101st Pennsylvania Farm Show Opens January 7
The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers a tremendous opportunity to showcase the best of our agriculture community. Many local families make the trek to Harrisburg every January to take part in the competitions and exhibits while celebrating the past, present and future of this critical industry.
I look forward to attending this year’s Farm Show, and I wish all of our local participants the best of luck. I know you will make our communities proud!
More information on the 2017 Farm Show is available at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
TV Show Highlights Free Services Offered for Grieving Children
The latest edition of my “Focus on the 46th” TV show features a behind-the-scenes tour of the Highmark Caring Place in Pittsburgh. The center, which has been in operation for more than 20 years, offers services at no charge to help grieving children, adolescents and their families.
It was incredible to see all of the ways the Caring Place helps young people cope with the tragic loss of a loved one. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing facility and the programs that are available, I invite you to watch the show here and visit their website at www.highmarkcaringplace.com.
Telephone Town Hall Scheduled for January 30
Telephone town halls are a great tool to help community residents share their thoughts about what is happening in local communities and voice their opinions on the issues facing the General Assembly. My next tele-town hall will be held on January 30 at 6 p.m.
Community residents can learn more and register for the event at http://www.senatorbartolotta.com/tele-town-hall/.
For more information on issues of importance to southwestern Pennsylvania, please visit my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com and connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatorbartolotta) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/senbartolotta).
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