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Alloway offers electronic newsletters

January 16, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - One thing that will not be turning up in the mailboxes of 33rd District residents is a newsletter, state Sen. Rich Alloway announced Wednesday.

Instead, his newsletters will be posted on his Web site, Alloway said. The first electronic newsletter is available at senatoralloway.com.

The move to electronic newsletters is being made due to the cost of printing, postage and manpower for mailed newsletters.

"It is vital for legislators to be in touch with their constituents, but we must be especially frugal with taxpayer dollars with looming budget deficits and an uncertain economy on the horizon," Alloway wrote in an e-mail announcing the decision. "I am confident that I will be able to reach district residents through e-mail and my Web site to communicate how the General Assembly is working to address the problems facing our communities."

State senators have an annual postage allowance of $26,500, Senate Chief Clerk Russ Faber said. Senators also have an annual allowance of $25,000 for general expenses that can be used for mailings.

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The freshman Republican's district covers Franklin and Adams counties and part of York County.

District residents can sign up to receive newsletters and other updates by e-mail on the Web site, according to the announcement.

Those without Internet access can receive a copy of the newsletter by calling Alloway's district offices in Chambersburg at 717-264-6100, Waynesboro at 717-762-9222 and Gettysburg at 717-334-4169.

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