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Senator Elder Vogel

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Elder Vogel


Senator Vogel

Thank you to everyone that attended my Kids Extravaganza on June 22; a fun and educational time was had by all. I look forward to seeing you next year!


Redistricting will change 47th District in 2014

Every ten years, the boundaries of legislative districts are redrawn to ensure every state resident receives equal representation in the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld a revised plan that would make several notable changes to the 47th Senatorial District that I am privileged to represent. The new boundaries will become effective on December 1, 2014.

As part of the revised plan, the 47th District will now include all of Lawrence County and part of Beaver County consisting of the city of Beaver Falls; the boroughs of Ambridge, Baden, Beaver, Big Beaver, Bridgewater, Conway, Darlington, East Rochester, Eastvale, Economy, Ellwood City, Fallston, Freedom, Georgetown, Glasgow, Homewood, Hookstown, Industry, Koppel, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, New Galilee, Ohioville, Patterson Heights, Rochester, Shippingport and West Mayfield; and the townships of Brighton, Center, Chippewa, Darlington, Daugherty, Franklin, Greene, Harmony, Marion, New Sewickley, North Sewickley, Patterson, Potter, Pulaski, Raccoon, Rochester, South Beaver, Vanport and White.

The new district will also cover part of Butler County consisting of the boroughs of Harmony, Portersville and Zelienople; and the townships of Jackson, Lancaster, Muddycreek and Worth.

In the weeks and months to come, I look forward to meeting local residents the communities that will be new to the 47th District and learning more about their concerns to ensure their interests are represented well in the state Senate.

More information on new Senate and House districts and the redistricting process is available online at www.redistricting.state.pa.us.

2013-2014 Budget Snapshot

The spending plan - House Bill 1437 - is the result of a careful and thorough study of our state’s economy and our revenue collections. We considered the funding expected to be available during the next fiscal year and crafted a budget that best utilizes our resources for the maximum benefit of all citizens of the Commonwealth. This budget invests in education, public safety, economic development and job creation, and provides support for essential social and health services and programs. General Fund spending for Fiscal Year 2013-14 is $28.375 billion, an increase of current year spending by $645 million (2.3 percent).

This budget reaffirms my commitment to providing Pennsylvania’s young people with a quality education from the youngest of ages through their college years.

  • It maintains state support for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities and State System of Higher Education schools at current levels, with the exception of Lincoln University, which receives a $2 million increase in state funding.
  • Basic education funding for Pennsylvania’s public schools will see a 2.4 percent increase to $5.53 billion in FY 2013-14.
  • It increases funding for the Pre-K Counts program by $5 million and by nearly $2 million for Head Start Assistance.
  • Funding for PA Accountability Grants is maintained at $100 million.

Overall funding for the Attorney General’s Office will increase by more than $9 million, with a $3 million increase for the Child Predator Interceptor Unit and $2.5 million for a new Mobile Street Crimes Unit. The budget increases funding for the State Police by nearly $15 million and funds three new State Police training classes, which will provide 290 new troopers.

Several public health programs that were defunded in the Governor’s original budget proposal are restored including: Bio-Technology Research ($5.3 million); Diabetes Programs ($100,000); Trauma Prevention ($425,000);Regional Poison Control Centers ($700,000); Epilepsy Support Services ($550,000); Lupus ($100,000); Tourette’s syndrome ($150,000); and ALS ($350,000). The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is proposed to receive a nearly $10 million funding increase ($111 million).

Check out Contractors before Starting Projects

Last year, the state Attorney General’s office fielded 4,900 complaints from people who were not satisfied with the work they had done on their homes and businesses by contractors.

A good way to avoid “no show” and substandard contractors is by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov, or by calling 1-888-520-6680. The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA) requires all contractors who perform $5,000 or more in home improvements in a year to register with the Office of Attorney General. Contractors must re-register every two years.

The Attorney General’s website includes the following for registered contractors:

  • Contact and insurance information;
  • A description of the company;
  • Information on any prior home improvement businesses;
  • Names of anyone with an interest in the business;
  • Any contractor licenses;
  • Bankruptcy, criminal plea and conviction history for home improvement fraud, and;
  • A map showing where the business is located.

Contractors must register under the law, but that does not mean the Attorney General’s Office endorses their work. In addition to the Attorney General’s website, you should carefully check all references, contact the Better Business Bureau, and get more than one estimate before committing to anything.

To report an unregistered contractor, call the Home Improvement Registration Hotline at 1-888-520-6680. Complaints about unregistered contractors may also be emailed to the Attorney General’s Office at HIC@attorneygeneral.gov .

Free Vision Screening and New Eyeglasses

The Beaver County Association for the Blind will be holding is next Mission Vision free eye clinic on Tuesday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those eligible must have no vision insurance and be below 300% of the poverty level (single person can make $32, 670/year, family of 4 $67,050). If you are interested, you must call to make an appointment at (724) 843-1111; absolutely no walk-ins.


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