Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State Senator says that he is concerned that Department of Aging budget relies on funding included in sequestration cuts.
State Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), chairman of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, has questioned the proposed state Department of Aging budget during Senate Appropriations Committee hearings on the proposed 2013-14 state budget. Mensch — who represents Palmer and Forks townships — told Aging Secretary Brian Duke that he was concerned that the department’s proposed budget relied on privatization of Pennsylvania Lottery management as well as federal funds that will be reduced by sequestration. A Lottery Private Management Agreement is expected to bring in an additional $50 million for Aging programs, but implementing the contract is opposed by the state Attorney General. In addition, if sequestration cuts are implemented in the federal budget…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Friday is the day when sequester tax cuts were expected to be implemented. Find out about the impact on Forks and Palmer.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Lehigh Valley Sen. Pat Toomey proposes letting the White House make targeted spending cuts to avoid across-the-board reductions if sequester kicks in Friday.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey wants to let the White House make federal budget cuts required by the impending sequester to "cut in the least disruptive way possible." How Sequester Cuts Would Affect Palmer, Forks Townships Toomey, a Republican from Zionsville, Lehigh County, said the move would help keep air traffic controllers on the job while cutting spending in redundant areas such as the federal government's 15 different financial literacy programs. "I'm not sure the federal government has demonstarted it's qualified to teach financial literacy," Toomey joked in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. He noted that the sequester will require only about 2 percent of spending to be cut from a government budget that has doubled in …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The possible March 1 government spending cuts triggered by sequestration could affect residents of Forks and Palmer townships.
In Forks Township, the Board of Supervisors spent a good hour at last week's meeting lamenting, bickering, debating and grandstanding over a financial future that they say looks grim. Faced with tough choices over approving spending for minor township-related programs and with looming tax hikes expected, some officials wonder how much automatic "sequestration" spending cuts trickling down from Washington, D.C., Friday will pinch local government even further. "I think our representatives in Washington need to realize they represent all of us, not just a single issue or political party. As a Navy veteran, it is very hard to accept the fact our representatives and senator will not a find a way to pass a rational budget," Forks Supervisor …