Feb. 03, 2023

Capitol Report
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Rep. Kutz seeks to Honor Fallen Firefighter

Our community was shaken in March 2020 when Firefighter Jerome Guise died tragically while battling a two-alarm fire in Monroe Township. Jerome was a father of three and a 17-year firefighter with Citizen’s Fire Co. No. 1.

I am introducing legislation to forever honor Jerome’s sacrifice and bravery by naming the Pa. Route 34 bridge over Mountain Creek in Mt. Holly Springs the “Firefighter Jerome Guise Memorial Bridge.”

I asked my colleagues in the House recently to join me in support of this legislation. You can view my cosponsor memo here.  
Rep. Kutz, Policy Committee Discuss Manufacturing and Workforce Development

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The House Republican Policy Committee has been holding hearings about issues facing our Commonwealth, including manufacturing jobs and workforce shortages.

Last week, I traveled to Allegheny County to talk about how to expand opportunities for businesses in the Commonwealth, specifically in the manufacturing sector. This week I was in Butler County to discuss ways we can work together to invest and train our workforce and support family-sustaining jobs right here in Pennsylvania. I had the chance to ask witnesses about how we can best address the workforce shortages in the video above.

Policy hearings are a great way to hear directly from stakeholders, and I will continue to attend these hearings, so we can continue to have discussions and find solutions that benefit our community.
Rep. Kutz, Appropriations Committee Hear from State’s Top Fiscal Watchdogs

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We have already started to work on this year’s state budget.

This week, I joined the Republican Appropriations Committee for a roundtable discussion with State Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Auditor General Tim DeFoor. Treasurer Garrity and General DeFoor discussed Pennsylvania’s fiscal outlook, the Rainy Day Fund, and the work the programs their offices conduct to serve Pennsylvanians.

I asked Treasurer Garrity about the state’s 529 tuition assistance program and the unclaimed property program in the video above.
Elmwood Academy Students Visit the Capitol

This week, I welcomed students from Mechanicsburg Area School District’s Elmwood Academy to the Capitol. I enjoyed sharing with the students about the way the House operates and the history and beauty of our Commonwealth’s Capitol building.
Kutz Meets with Mt. Holly Springs, South Middleton Officials

This week, I met with officials and staff in Mt. Holly Springs and South Middleton Township. I joined Mayor Brian Robertson in Mt. Holly Springs for a driving tour of the borough and discussed some ongoing projects in the borough. After the tour, I stopped in South Middleton to check in on projects like Children’s Lake and to discuss plans to improve parks and facilities around the township.

My office in South Middleton Township is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Middleton Township building.
Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program Accepting Applications

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is seeking applicants for more than $1 million in funding to support security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout the Commonwealth.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was part of Act 83 of 2019, which directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization.

More information and the application for the program is available on PCCD’s website. The deadline to apply is March 2. Questions should be forwarded to RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov.
Think Spring! Trout Stocking Schedules Available

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced this week its 2023 trout stocking schedules are now available online and on the FishBoatPA mobile app.

The PFBC will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 697 streams and 126 lakes open to public angling. Stocking is set to begin the week of Feb. 21 in advance of the statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday, March 25, and the statewide opening day of trout season on Saturday, April 1.

The 2023 adult trout stocking schedule is searchable by county, lists the waterways in alphabetical order, and indicates stocking dates and the species of trout that will be stocked.  

For more information about stocking, fishing and licensing, click here.