Thursday, May 23, 2013
The June 15 event can help residents destroy sensitive documents and prevent identify theft.
State Senator Matt Smith is partnering with state Rep. Mark Mustio and Moon Township to offer a free shredding event for constituents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 in the parking lot of the Moon Township Administration Office, 1000 Beaver Grade Rd., Moon Township. “This is a great opportunity for residents to have their sensitive documents safely and securely destroyed free of charge,” Smith said. Residents can bring boxes of unwanted documents that may contain personal information including Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers. Common types of unwanted items that should be shredded may include credit card statements or applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information and …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Also, information on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Fish-for-Free Day on Memorial Day.
Monday, May 20
The House voted unanimously this week in support of a measure to launch a detailed study of the potential impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. House Resolution 129 calls on the non-partisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies. It also calls on the LBFC to explore a range of options with regard to how to structure the state’s wildlife agency to best manage the wildlife and aquatic resources of the Commonwealth. A similar study was conducted 10 years ago, and it showed a merger was feasible and would save money. No legislative action resulted from that study’…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Bill to create level playing field for job creation heads to the state Senate.
Monday, May 13
The House passed legislation this week to close the Delaware Loophole and implement comprehensive business tax reforms for Pennsylvania job creators. House Bill 440 would close the loophole by targeting specific transactions that some businesses use for the sole purpose of avoiding taxation in the Commonwealth. The bill also includes several additional tax reforms, including reducing the Corporate Net Income (CNI) Tax rate to 6.99 percent and uncapping the Net Operating Loss (NOL) deductions businesses may take. In addition, the bill would support Pennsylvania’s small businesses, encourage new investments in existing businesses and promote the development of new start-up companies. All of these reforms seek to make Pennsylvania a more …
Monday, April 29, 2013
State Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, shares news with his constituents in this week's 'Updates from Harrisburg.'
Monday, April 29
Following a 44-month grand jury investigation revealing untold millions of public dollars being squandered through “pay-to-play” corruption, political patronage and a lack of competitive bidding, legislation has been introduced in the state House to abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. House Bill 1197 would transfer all operations, maintenance, construction and other responsibilities for the turnpike to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in an effort to streamline government and enhance efficiency. If enacted, this legislation would require PennDOT to honor any collective bargaining agreement in existence between the Turnpike Commission and any employee organization. The bill also would assign debt of the outstanding …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, shares news with his constituents in this week's 'Updates from Harrisburg—Part 3: Public Protection … It's In There."
One of the most common myths put forth by liquor privatization opponents is the potential for reduced public safety, increased social problems and elevated crime such as rampant alcoholism, binge drinking, underage drinking, and more alcohol-related deaths and injuries across the board. This week’s Headline Harrisburg report “uncorks” just some of the public protection aspects of liquor privatization that await Pennsylvanians under House Bill 790. Of course, government must concentrate on vigorously regulating the distribution of alcohol and cracking down on those who misuse it, especially minors and those who drink and drive. Contrary to the misinformed prohibitionist opinion, a number of states with completely privatized alcohol sales …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
State Rep. Mark Mustio thanks Bridge Educational Foundation and U.S. Steel for providing scholarships to students in need through state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit.
This week, the PA House took a major step forward to protect Pennsylvania taxpayers by unanimously passing sweeping Unemployment Compensation reform legislation that would increase penalties on individuals who commit willful fraud to obtain unemployment compensation benefits, including cases of fraud perpetuated by incarcerated individuals. If enacted, House Bill 403 would require the Department of Labor and Industry to cross-check databases to make sure prison inmates are not collecting unemployment compensation. This legislation would also impose an additional 52-week penalty for claimants who illegally apply for benefits while in prison. This penalty would apply to these same individuals in the future should they become eligible and …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Weekly updates from Moon-area state Rep. Mark Mustio.
Monday, April 8
This week’s Headline Harrisburg report “uncorks” just some of the government-limiting aspects of liquor privatization that await Pennsylvanians under House Bill 790. First of all, our current state-run liquor system was created in 1933 by then-Gov. Gifford Pinchot, who declared that the PA Liquor Control Board’s mission was to make liquor sales “as inconvenient and expensive as possible.” When you consider that now only two states, Pennsylvania and Utah, still maintain complete control over wholesale and retail operations, the LCB’s original mission statement becomes even more antiquated and prohibitionist. Not surprisingly, the public overwhelmingly and consistently agrees. Opinion poll, after opinion poll, confirms the same thing: …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, discusses efforts to implement real-time tracking of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine purchases in Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 1
Uncorking the pros of liquor privatization A few short days after the PA House cast a historic vote in favor of House Bill 790, which contains my commonsense liquor privatization amendment, to end full government control of wine and spirits sales in the Commonwealth, I received a photograph from a constituent vacationing in Florida. In particular, the Now Hiring sign photographed below “uncorks” just some of the pro liquor privatization benefits that await Pennsylvania under House Bill 790, especially in the area of job creation. Just like Florida and several other states, I have personally visited such as Washington and Oregon, if Pennsylvania’s state liquor store system were sold off, or privatized under House Bill 790 our entire …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Ewing Road Interchange has a new name. Township officials and community members gather for a ceremony in honor of a former Moon supervisor.
The Ewing Road Interchange, which recently underwent a series of improvements, has been named in honor of a former township supervisor credited with spurring transportation development in the community. The roundabout intersection is now the Jack Wise Interchange. Wise served on the Moon Township Board of Supervisors from 1981 to 1989, including in the role of chairman. State Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, and state Sen. Matt Smith ushered in the name change during a community ceremony on March 14. Gov. Corbett signed the name change into law in October 2012. Wise, who attended the ceremony at the Moon Municipal Building alongside family, addressed current and former township officials at the event. Jerry Bunda, a former Moon assistant …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The team won the 2012 PIAA class AA state championship.
The Moon Area High School girls soccer team was honored Monday in Harrisburg for its 2012 PIAA class AA state championship win. The team was hosted by state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Bethel Park, and Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, for the occassion. The team was recongized on both the senate and house floor, alongside parents, coaches and school faculty members, who made the trip to Harrisburg alongside the team. The girls finished the season with an overall record of 24 wins and two losses, taking home the state championship in November after a 1-0 victory over Archbishop Wood High School. "We are honored as a team to be invited to the state Capitol to be recognized for our hard work and dedication both on and off the field, and in the classroom…