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Our kids fall further behind

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 2, 2015

There have been several interesting letters to the editor lately from local teachers union members. One yesterday from George Dempsie in Williamsburg said that he sent a letter to me four years ago, yes four years ago, requesting a visit … Read more>

Maybe by my next birthday, we’ll have a budget

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 1, 2015

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I usually try to plan a day that isn’t too busy and allows me time for something I want to do. Today didn’t work out that way. I had a breakfast … Read more>

I will do my best to find answers to their problems

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 31, 2015

I spent the day in Fulton County. I met the Conservation District staff at my office and travelled to Meadow Grounds Lake where we met up with the Game Commission and two of the Friends of Meadows Grounds support group … Read more>

It’s Day 61 without a major tax increase!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 30, 2015

The papers were full of stories on the Kathleen Kane Disciplinary Board issue, a distant second were the usual budget pieces. The only news there was about an attempt from a House Republican to push a temporary, July to October, … Read more>

He has a bright future ahead

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 29, 2015

I had three things scheduled today plus the Lighthouse and a haircut. I attended the Open House at ACCO Brands in Alexandria. They were celebrating 50 years at that location. The plant was originally 166,400 sq. ft. and has expanded … Read more>

Her days have to be numbered

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 28, 2015

I attended my 6th and final livestock sale this evening in Williamsburg. I bought the 3rd place pig from a young man and spoke with a lot of people, including a “girl” I went to high school with who was … Read more>

Thanks to all who have served or serve today

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 27, 2015

I spent most of the day at Fort Indiantown Gap touring and being briefed on the Army and Air National Guard facility. This is a 17,500 acre base that should be ranked this year as the busiest National Guard training … Read more>

Who is responsible for this mess

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 26, 2015

There wasn’t any news coming from the Capitol today about the budget. There was a meeting with the Governor, but apparently no substantive progress. I have been impressed with the level of understanding from those affected during this stalemate, but … Read more>

That isn’t going to happen

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 25, 2015

Well, the Governor didn’t answer the Republican leadership today and the House tried line item vetoes despite his protest. He asked for an extra day to respond, so there’s hope. But given the straightforward nature of the proposal, his delay … Read more>

His actions are indefensible

Posted by Patrick Schurr | August 24, 2015

I was at the Capitol this morning for several meetings. I’m on the road most of the week with things scheduled in Harrisburg, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Huntingdon, and plenty of other places. This afternoon, the members of the General Assembly … Read more>