You can use the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's online interactive trout stocking schedule page to find out when your favorite streams will be stocked. Click the link for the website. Read more
Concerned about the proposed closure of SCI-Waymart, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich attended a hearing conducted by the Senate Majority and Minority Policy Committees and Senate Judiciary Committee in the Capitol today, hopeful the hearing would illustrate enough reasons to delay a closure announcement slated for Thursday, Jan. 26. “It’s disappointing that today’s events don’t seem to be making an impact on Department of Corrections’ officials, despite what they are hearing,” Kavulich said. Kavulich maintains that more time is needed to review the issue via additional hearings so that the impact and potential alternatives to closures can be vetted more fully before any final closure decisions can be made. “With the number of issues involved, from public safety to the lives of those who work at the facility, and in spite of the number of people at today’s hearing, they seem to be holding firm on making a decision this week,” Kavulich added. “To me, that’s disheartening.” Read more
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more
As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said a $1.5 million state grant has been awarded to NorthEast Environmental Technology to redevelop and revitalize an existing office building and surrounding land in Mayfield to create a technology-friendly business park. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said today’s House Gaming Committee hearing concerning local share payments to casino-adjacent counties made it clear lawmakers should not get distracted by unrelated changes to the gaming law.
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich welcomed members and staff from the AAA National Champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball team. The RailRiders earlier won the International League championship, then went on to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas to capture the overall National Championship of Triple-A Baseball. Read more
MOOSIC, Sept. 7 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s ongoing toll hikes and uncollected E-ZPass revenue were some of the topics of state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Moosic. Kavulich said he wanted to host a hearing on the turnpike’s financial health to determine if the legislature could make changes to the turnpike’s structure to help protect drivers. “The financial cause and effect is getting out of hand because not only are drivers in the commonwealth paying for it, but those either traveling through or stopping to visit in Pennsylvania pay as well,” Kavulich said. “We should find solutions to either slow down or stop the growing financial problems to possibly help the state’s turnpike system.” “Thank you to Representative Kavulich for hosting this hearing to discuss the turnpike’s fiscal well-being,” said Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “The Pennsylvania Turnpike has provided a faster route across the state for nearly 80 years. It’s important that we continue to monitor operations to ensure things are being run as efficiently as possible.” Testifiers included Mark Compton, chief executive officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike; Craig Shuey, chief operating officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike; and Keith Williams, traffic engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Kavulich noted his Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Moosic to hear from Pennsylvania Turnpike and PennDOT officials to talk about the financial health of the Turnpike system and using part of it as a bypass to elevate traffic on Interstate 81 in the Scranton area. Kavulich is concerned about repeated toll hikes as well as uncollected E-ZPass fares and this hearing allowed lawmakers to hear directly from turnpike officials and talk about ideas to fix the problems. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said $666,400 in state funding has been awarded to help fund nine local projects ranging from improving the safety of police officers, to addressing municipal issues, to opening up new options for public recreation.
Pa state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich fired up the crowd at a disability funding rally in Harrisburg. Kavulich told them he was there to fight to restore the cuts to human services and make sure vital programs don't have long waiting lists, leaving Pennsylvanians without help. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Kavulich honors World War II Veteran and Taylor native George Fricovsky and his family for his service to our nation.
This Memorial Day -- and every day -- let's remember the REAL heroes!
Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, Taylor, is the main Democratic co-sponsor of a bill to create a statewide board to study the cost-effectiveness of a statewide plan, regional plans or consolidating selective areas of coverage such as prescriptions. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Harrisburg to hear from experts about his bill that would help address healthcare costs for school districts. Kavulich wants to move the hundreds of school districts into one health plan, which would protect the quality of care the employees get and allow districts to save millions of dollars at the same time. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will host a House Democratic Policy Committee informational hearing along with Republican state Rep. Bernie O’Neill on a proposal that could save taxpayer dollars through the creation of a single health care coverage plan for the entire commonwealth. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said volunteer fire and ambulance companies serving his constituents will get $231,079 in funding from the state’s Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. Read more
As Democratic Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee I want to share this news from the Pa. Dept. of Agriculture Read more
Nearly all of the 34 high school students raised their hands Friday when U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright asked who among them are poor standardized test-takers. Read more
The pursuit of political careers. Drug testing for welfare recipients. Economic benefits vs. environmental impacts of fracking. Medical marijuana. Common Core Curriculum in Pennsylvania.
The topics covered by regional high school students in an open question and answer session during Friday’s Youth and Government Forum at Keystone College were diverse.
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
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