Mar. 10, 2023

Capitol Report
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Rep. Kutz joins STEM Summit at Boiling Springs High School

It was an absolute pleasure to join the Junior Achievement STEM Summit at Boiling Springs High School this week. The STEM Summit is a program where students spend time at different modules, complete tasks, and learn skills that are applicable to any number of careers in that field. These programs rely on support from the local business community and volunteers and provide students with a chance to see what several different career paths may have to offer. I enjoyed meeting so many students and volunteers, and I had so much fun taking part in several of the modules.  
Rep. Kutz tours UA Local 520

I’m grateful to the UA Local 520 for spending so much time with me and inviting me to tour their facility and training center. Apprentices participate in a multi-year program to learn theory and skills that translate to a journeyman career as a plumber, pipefitter, pipe welder, or HVAC service technician. Businesses within our community help to support the training center as apprentices spend working hours out in the field and come to the training center for classes and projects.  
D.R.I.V.E. Program Promotes CDL Certification

This week I joined the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association for a showcase of the D.R.I.V.E. program, which is available to students interested in pursuing a CDL license or forklift operation certificate. I tried out the simulator and enjoyed hearing about the program from participants and industry professionals.
Mark Your Calendar for Open Houses

I’m excited to host four open houses in the coming weeks. Please mark your calendars to join us!

Friday, March 24, open house in the South Middleton Township office from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available. Join us at 520 Park Drive, Boiling Springs at our office within the South Middleton Township building.

Friday, March 31, open house in the Mechanicsburg office from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available. Please join us at 2 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg and look for signs for our office on the first floor.

Saturday, April 22, open house in the Mechanicsburg office from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available. Please join us at 2 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg and look for signs to our office.

Thursday, May 4, open house in the Mechanicsburg office from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Please join us at 2 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg and look for signs to our office.
Join me at Local Diners for Toast with Thomas

In addition to open houses at my offices, I will be providing breakfast at local diners in our community for constituents who wish to come. Breakfast is provided at no cost to constituents. Please join me at any of our upcoming Toast with Thomas events and stay tuned for more information on upcoming weekend and early-riser Toast with Thomas events as well.

Wednesday April 5, Toast with Thomas from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Silver Spring Diner, 6520 Carlisle Pike #260, Mechanicsburg.

Tuesday, April 18, Toast with Thomas from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Brothers Family Restaurant 705 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg.

Thursday, May 11, Toast with Thomas from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Caffe 101, 101 Front Street in Boiling Springs.
Rep. Kutz Ready to Negotiate Budget

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Gov. Josh Shapiro gave his first Budget Address to the General Assembly this week. He proposed a $45.8 billion budget proposal for 2023-24. This proposal is a starting point from which the House and Senate will work to craft a budget for Pennsylvania. The hard work begins now, and as a House Appropriations Committee member, I am eager to have the opportunity to question agency officials on their budget requests and look forward to working productively toward a final budget in June.

The governor proposed investing in four new classes of Pennsylvania State Police cadets and indicated he wants the General Assembly to address the ongoing workforce crisis. I am encouraged by the governor’s desire to invest in public safety and make Pennsylvania more competitive for businesses. I am deeply concerned, however, that the governor has proposed a rapid depletion of our reserve funds to historically low levels.

The governor’s proposal is just a starting point, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to craft a more fiscally responsible budget that benefits Pennsylvania in both the short and long-term.

Rep. Kutz Named to Committees

I have been named to the House Appropriations Committee, which crafts the state budget each year. In addition, I will also serve on the House Insurance and Housing & Community Development committees.

The House Appropriations Committee is one of the most influential committees in the General Assembly. The committee oversees state fiscal policy and spending and evaluates state agency requests to arrive at a budget proposal each year.

The Housing & Community Development Committee tackles issues affecting safe, affordable housing and community planning. The Insurance Committee reviews legislation affecting things like reimbursements and coverage changes.

Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend

Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before going to bed.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. It is also recommended the alarms be replaced every 10 years.
Free Admission at Several State Museums Sunday

This Sunday, March 12, is Charter Day – a day to celebrate Pennsylvania’s 342nd birthday!

In honor of the occasion, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to the State Museum in Harrisburg and many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History this Sunday.

Visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania will have the rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. The document, which is normally preserved in a secure vault away from strong light and environmental fluctuations, will be on display until 1 p.m. Friday, March 17.

For a complete list of the participating museums and historic sites in this year’s celebration, click here.