Brabenec seeks investigation of Green Light Bill
FLORIDA, NY — Rep. Karl A. Brabenec sent a letter on Friday, June 28 to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr …
FLORIDA, NY — Rep. Karl A. Brabenec sent a letter on Friday, June 28 to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr requesting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) conduct a review of the Green Light Bill recently passed by the New York State Legislature and to render an opinion if the law should be reviewed by the federal courts. This bill would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses in New York State.
“Many of our county clerks are voicing concern that adhering to this law will violate their oaths of office,” stated Brabenec in the letter. “I write today to request that you ask the DOJ to initiate an immediate review of the law, and render an opinion whether this legislation, including the process by which some important identification safeguards have been removed, should be reviewed in federal court. I believe that this law, which I proudly voted against, may violate the United States Constitution, and is in conflict with United States Immigration Law.”
Eleven other states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses.
SCRANTON, PA — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced on Thursday, June 27 that Marywood University will receive a $1.2 million federal grant to continue to promote excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The new funding will allow Marywood University to recruit 20 diverse and academically-talented STEM students, mainly mathematics and biology majors, to teach math and science in high-need Pennsylvania school districts. These students will receive scholarships and other substantial support for their work, and they will help address teacher shortages in these fields.
“Teaching our students about math and science is a key component of preparing them to join a competitive workforce,” said Cartwright, vice chair of the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee. “Our community needs young leaders who will shine in these fields and ensure our economic growth for years to come. I applaud Marywood University their commitment.”
HARRISBURG, PA — Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of the state budget into law, Rep. Mike Peifer said that Pennsylvania’s $33.9 billion budget combines prudent budgeting decisions and the benefits of a thriving economy.
“We are at a point in time where our economy is growing and more and more Pennsylvanians are getting back to work,” said Peifer. “With that growth, sales tax revenue increased by 7%, personal income tax revenue increased by 5%, corporate net income tax increased by 17.4% and Pennsylvania’s General Fund tax revenue increased by 6.3%. We expect to close the fiscal year with a revenue surplus, which opened the door for us to maintain our spending and invest more funds back into the Commonwealth during the 2019-20 fiscal year.
“Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has declined from 7.9% in January of 2011 to 3.8% today—the lowest rate since state-level records began in 1976. All in all, what we have seen over the past few fiscal years is that growing the economy is key to the Commonwealth’s financial success. I, along with my colleagues, remain steadfast in ensuring that every Pennsylvanian will have the opportunity to grow and thrive here in the Commonwealth.”
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus, fresh from their May 28th Carnegie Hall performance, 42nd Annual Spring Concert on June 9th, and invitation performance for the 48th Annual Convention of the National Federation of Democratic Women in Albany, is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Summer Stock Concert. The program will be performed on Saturday, July 13 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center of the Center for Discovery, located at 103 Mitteer Road.
The chorus is under the direction of Kevin Giroux, with accompanist Keira Weyant. Giroux has titled the program “Perspectives,” reflecting our changing viewpoints over the course of our lives from cradle to grave. The concert features an eclectic mix of selections based on nursery rhymes, “Alice in Wonderland” as well as choral arrangements of pop hits.
Suggested donations for this performance are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, although all donations will be and appreciated. Further information may be found at www.scchorus.org, or on their Facebook page.