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February 27, 2024

Budget Hearing Q&A: Fish & Boat Commission/Game Commission

Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman questions Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the PA Fish & Boat Commission and the PA Game Commission.  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 23, 2024
February 23, 2024

E-news Updates – February 23, 2024

In this Update: The Volpe Report Senate Begins Review of Proposed State Budget Free Webinars Provide Helpful Financial Aid Info Help is Available for Struggling Veterans Mental Health Treatment is Available for Farmers Recognizing National FFA Week The Volpe Report Thank you to Chuck Volpe for sitting down with me recently to discuss several issues […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 16, 2024
February 16, 2024

E-news Updates – February 16, 2024

In this Update: Working to Enact a Responsible State Budget Shielding Pennsylvanians from Cybersecurity Attacks Grants Awarded to 41st Senatorial District Fire/EMS Companies AP Government Class at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School PA Parks Offer Free Events for People of All Ages Protect Your Money by Investing Wisely Student Art Contest Raises Lyme Disease Awareness Happy […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 9, 2024
February 9, 2024

E-news Updates – February 9, 2024

In this Update: Massive Spending Increase in Shapiroโ€™s Budget Creates Concern Jefferson County Retirement Recognized Senate Hearing on Office of Administration Data Loss Senate Passes Measure Supporting a More Secure Southern Border Punxsutawney High School Senior Public Comment Regarding PPL Settlement Open Now 2023 Accomplishments: Cutting Red Tape Property Tax Relief is Available for Homeowners […]  [Read More]

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๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐‹๐ข๐ž๐ฎ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ŸŽฅ
As part of the #PASenate Appropriations Committee 2024-2025 budget hearings, on Tuesday morning I questioned the Pennsylvania Game Commission about the last time the Commission increased their Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT). We find an increasing amount of acreage being utilized by the Game Commission and it's time to look possible changes to help local #municipalities with PILT revenues.

๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐‹๐ข๐ž๐ฎ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ŸŽฅ
As part of the #PASenate Appropriations Committee 2024-2025 budget hearings, on Tuesday morning I questioned the Pennsylvania Game Commission about the last time the Commission increased their Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT). We find an increasing amount of acreage being utilized by the Game Commission and it`s time to look possible changes to help local #municipalities with PILT revenues.
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Thank you to Chuck Volpe for sitting down with me recently to discuss several issues currently impacting our state. The governor presented a fiscally unsustainable budget proposal earlier this month. Responsible spending must be a focus for state government as we look to enact a state budget for 2024-2025. We must keep in mind that the spending the governor is proposing is reoccurring spending, which he wants to use one-time dollars from our stateโ€™s rainy-day fund to support. This would set us up for a fiscal calamity in coming years. 

In addition to hearing more about the state budget, watch the latest episode of The Volpe Report on my Facebook page and listen to our conversation on:
โ€ข	Family Sustaining Jobs
โ€ข	Education Empowerment & Education Funding
โ€ข	Economic Growth
โ€ข	Damage of the RGGI Electricity Tax
โ€ข	Energy Independence

Thank you to Chuck Volpe for sitting down with me recently to discuss several issues currently impacting our state. The governor presented a fiscally unsustainable budget proposal earlier this month. Responsible spending must be a focus for state government as we look to enact a state budget for 2024-2025. We must keep in mind that the spending the governor is proposing is reoccurring spending, which he wants to use one-time dollars from our stateโ€™s rainy-day fund to support. This would set us up for a fiscal calamity in coming years.

In addition to hearing more about the state budget, watch the latest episode of The Volpe Report on my Facebook page and listen to our conversation on:
โ€ข Family Sustaining Jobs
โ€ข Education Empowerment & Education Funding
โ€ข Economic Growth
โ€ข Damage of the RGGI Electricity Tax
โ€ข Energy Independence
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I was honored to present a #PASenate citation to Sheriff Carl Gotwald in recognition of his 31 years of service to the citizens of Jefferson County. Well done Sheriff Gotwald โ€“ wishing you a wonderful retirement!
๐Ÿ“ท
Sheriff Bartley
Sen. Cris Dush
Sheriff Gotwald 
Rep. Brian Smith

I was honored to present a #PASenate citation to Sheriff Carl Gotwald in recognition of his 31 years of service to the citizens of Jefferson County. Well done Sheriff Gotwald โ€“ wishing you a wonderful retirement!
๐Ÿ“ท
Sheriff Bartley
Sen. Cris Dush
Sheriff Gotwald
Rep. Brian Smith
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๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐„๐ง๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐š ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐Ÿ’ฒ
Yesterday, I spoke with @abc27news about Governor Shapiroโ€™s 2024-25 State Budget plan. The governor wants to spend more than $48.3 billion.

His plan would increase spending by more than $3.2 billion, or about 7.1% and would make it virtually impossible to balance future budgets without deep spending cuts AND massive tax increases within the next five-year planning period.

Much of the money he wants to spend are one-time dollars. The minute you start using one-time dollars for recurring expenses youโ€™re setting yourself up for a fiscal calamity. We must make sure the final state budget respects #taxpayers and prepares for the future.

๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐„๐ง๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐š ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐Ÿ’ฒ
Yesterday, I spoke with @abc27news about Governor Shapiroโ€™s 2024-25 State Budget plan. The governor wants to spend more than $48.3 billion.

His plan would increase spending by more than $3.2 billion, or about 7.1% and would make it virtually impossible to balance future budgets without deep spending cuts AND massive tax increases within the next five-year planning period.

Much of the money he wants to spend are one-time dollars. The minute you start using one-time dollars for recurring expenses youโ€™re setting yourself up for a fiscal calamity. We must make sure the final state budget respects #taxpayers and prepares for the future.
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It was a pleasure meeting Dysen Gould, a Punxsutawney High School Senior. We had a great conversation about his interest in politics and public administration. Dysen will be attending American University in Washington D.C. this fall and plans to join the schoolโ€™s wrestling squad. Best wishes to Dysen in all his future endeavors!

It was a pleasure meeting Dysen Gould, a Punxsutawney High School Senior. We had a great conversation about his interest in politics and public administration. Dysen will be attending American University in Washington D.C. this fall and plans to join the schoolโ€™s wrestling squad. Best wishes to Dysen in all his future endeavors! ...

๐๐€ ๐’๐ž๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a measure calling for action to address the crisis at Americaโ€™s southern border and support for the rights of states to protect their citizens.

Senate Resolution 234 voices support for Texas Governor Greg Abbottโ€™s fight to secure the southern border amid federal inaction.

One of the most fundamental issues of our time is protecting and securing our borders, and the sense of the Pennsylvania Senate must be expressed on this issue of such gravity. 

The Biden Administrationโ€™s failed immigration policies have left the United States of America in a vulnerable position. Ensuring public safety and national security are central tenets of what our government must provide. The lawlessness and chaos at our nationโ€™s southern border is no doubt a crisis which must be rectified. #BidenBorderCrisis #unitedstates

๐๐€ ๐’๐ž๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a measure calling for action to address the crisis at Americaโ€™s southern border and support for the rights of states to protect their citizens.

Senate Resolution 234 voices support for Texas Governor Greg Abbottโ€™s fight to secure the southern border amid federal inaction.

One of the most fundamental issues of our time is protecting and securing our borders, and the sense of the Pennsylvania Senate must be expressed on this issue of such gravity.

The Biden Administrationโ€™s failed immigration policies have left the United States of America in a vulnerable position. Ensuring public safety and national security are central tenets of what our government must provide. The lawlessness and chaos at our nationโ€™s southern border is no doubt a crisis which must be rectified. #BidenBorderCrisis #unitedstates
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๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐จ ๐๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐‘๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ 
The 2024-25 state budget proposal put forth by Governor Shapiro centers on massive spending increases without regard for the negative impact on #taxpayers in future years. 

Shapiroโ€™s plan represents a 7.1% increase in overall state spending. 
Shapiroโ€™s budget would likely result in higher #inflation, leading to increased costs at a time when many families are struggling just to put gas in their vehicles and food on their table.

@pasenategop will work during the next several months to examine Shapiroโ€™s budget proposal and search for greater efficiencies. While the governorโ€™s vision is shortsighted, our vision for Pennsylvania remains focused on pro-growth initiatives that respect taxpayers and their hard-earned money. 

On February 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin a series of budget hearings to study the budget proposal.

๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐จ ๐๐ฎ๐๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐‘๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ
The 2024-25 state budget proposal put forth by Governor Shapiro centers on massive spending increases without regard for the negative impact on #taxpayers in future years.

Shapiroโ€™s plan represents a 7.1% increase in overall state spending.
Shapiroโ€™s budget would likely result in higher #inflation, leading to increased costs at a time when many families are struggling just to put gas in their vehicles and food on their table.

@pasenategop will work during the next several months to examine Shapiroโ€™s budget proposal and search for greater efficiencies. While the governorโ€™s vision is shortsighted, our vision for Pennsylvania remains focused on pro-growth initiatives that respect taxpayers and their hard-earned money.

On February 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin a series of budget hearings to study the budget proposal.
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Meet Joe Pittman

I have called Indiana County home all my life and live there with my wife, Gina (DiMaio), and our four children: Joe Jr., Sam, Rosie and Frannie. I am thankful to my parents, John and Mary Ann (Yevchak), for instilling in me the values of God, family and country, and teaching me the importance of community service. It is an honor to serve the 41st Senatorial District and Iโ€™m proud to work with my colleagues to strengthen our commonwealth by protecting jobs, empowering families and defending our freedoms.
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