The education of our youth remains a top priority of the Pennsylvania Legislature, which is why in the 2014-15 state budget we appropriated more money for schools than ever before. In fact, $10.5 billion in state funds is dedicated to K-12 education, and special education funding sees an increase of $20 million over last year. Also included is $200 million in funding for the Ready to Learn Block Grant Program, which gives school districts more flexibility to invest the money where they see the greatest need.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is once again hosting her annual Senior Expo, where senior citizens will have the opportunity to visit with more than 70 local, state and federal agencies offering information on programs and services available to seniors. Free health screenings also will be offered.
HARRISBURG – Area senior citizens residing in the 183rd Legislative District are invited to Rep. Julie Harhart’s 2014 Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Allen Township Fire Hall in Northampton.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting an Emergency ~ Be Prepared Seminar and Expo for families of the 183rd Legislative District. Experts from various state agencies and utility companies will give brief presentations on what to do and how to prepare in the event of an emergency. Emergency management groups will also have exhibits and information available for those who attend. New this year are activities and information for children on topics such as fire safety, bullying and when and how to call for help in case of an emergency.
HARRISBURG – To ensure all members of the family know what to do in the event of an emergency, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is once again bringing together various emergency management groups to provide information and answer questions during her Emergency ~ Be Prepared Seminar and Expo on Thursday, August 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Springhouse Middle School in Allentown.
Each year, the state Legislature dedicates itself to passing a balanced, on-time budget that funds the state’s core government functions and allows additional dollars to support vital programs and services for the people of Pennsylvania. This year was no different. The final state budget meets our obligations, increases funding for K-12 education to historic levels, dedicates more dollars for public safety and human services, and still doesn’t raise taxes on hard-working Pennsylvanians.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) would like to let residents know the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to December 31.
HARRISBURG – Although no drilling is taking place in Lehigh County, the county will still benefit from a significant amount of the more than $225 million being distributed statewide from impact fees placed on natural gas drilling companies operating within the state, said Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton).
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Joe Emrick (R-Mt. Bethel), Marcia Hahn (R-Nazareth), Julie Harhart (R-Northampton) and Justin Simmons (R-Lower Saucon) today announced the county will receive more than $286,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue will take place by Tuesday, July 1.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will host a Veterans Information Expo for veterans of all wars and women who worked in factories that produced munitions and wars supplies during World War II. The expo will have various vendors offering information, services and benefits for veterans. During the expo, certificates of appreciation will be presented to veterans and women who worked in the factories, a VA mobile veteran service van will provide services and worn U.S. flags will be collected for proper disposal.
HARRISBURG – In order to help boost donations for area food banks, the House of Representatives today approved legislation this week sponsored by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) designating May 10, 2014, as National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive Day in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today joined with supporters of the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) to announce her legislation has been signed into law to create a dedicated funding stream for state grants to support the centers.
WHAT: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will announce after 10 years of advocacy, her legislation to create a reliable funding stream for the state’s child advocacy centers (CACs) has finally been signed into law. CACs are multidisciplinary treatment programs for abused children, which brings together doctors, nurses, prosecutors, social workers and law enforcement. This approach gives abused children the best chance to recover and also provides the most effective way to gather evidence to bring perpetrators to justice. There are currently 21 CACs in Pennsylvania, including one in Lehigh County.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) congratulates Bechtel’s Pharmacy upon having the distinction as the only pharmacy in Pennsylvania to receive two national Bowl of Hygeia Awards.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to provide important information to area veterans and honor those who have faithfully served our country, state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting a Veterans Information Expo on Thursday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Diamond Fire Company Bingo Hall, 110 Main St., Walnutport.