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Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day.  I hope everyone got to a parade or service to honor the veterans of our country who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  Today also marks the unofficial start of Summer and is celebrated with family picnics, the … Read more>

Fake News

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 27, 2018

I appreciate the Altoona Mirror accommodating my request to put a response in their paper to the questions I’ve received about Senate Bill 1006, a bill I’m sponsoring on tax assessment law.  This is one in a series of bills … Read more>

He enjoyed the attention

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 26, 2018

Another nice day and the rain held off.  I got some mowing done last night and today.  I feel like I’m finally getting my yard under control.  It’s been growing so quickly that in a few days, it looks like … Read more>

I did my part

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 25, 2018

The weather was great today, it warmed up and we didn’t have any rain going into the holiday weekend.  The rain is supposed to come off and on for the next couple of days, however.  The other day I got … Read more>

For the system to survive

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 24, 2018

This week, the PA State System of Higher Ed (PASSHE) hired Daniel Greenstein as their new Chancellor to start on Sept. 4th.  He comes to PA from a position focused on higher ed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … Read more>

Expect the legislation to go smoothly

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 23, 2018

We got more bills through the Senate today and have a lot cued up for June as we get into the budget.  We had a full schedule of committee meetings this morning and I had an additional obligation as a … Read more>

Proud to vote for this bill

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 22, 2018

We had a Senate Education Committee meeting this morning and passed SB 2, the Education Savings Account legislation we have been working on for months.  The prime sponsor of the bill is Senator John DiSanto, who did a great job … Read more>

Guts to recognize that

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 21, 2018

Both the House snd Senate are in session this week.  We have a lot on the agenda in many of the committees and on the floor.  The budget news is getting better with more revenue than projected again last month, … Read more>

The veterans are our real heroes

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 20, 2018

This morning I spoke at the Tyrone Alliance Church’s 10th Annual Veterans Service.  They did a very nice job with music and other special tributes to our vets.  I gave a message on who is a hero in today’s culture … Read more>

Fight to protect it

Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 19, 2018

It’s Armed Forces Day and I played Taps at the service in Altoona this afternoon.  They had their usual large crowd and a good program.  I had a young lady from the band play the echo with me today; she … Read more>