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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2010
Developing a balanced budget for fiscal 2012 by the end of this fiscal year will be the main focus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in coming months, according to Franklin County legislators. "That is by far the biggest priority at this point. With the $5 billion deficit at this time, that's not easy," said state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin. The legislature will now be working with a Republican governor, Tom Corbett. It will try to prove "even though it's difficult, we can get it done and get it done on time," Rock said of the budget.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 30, 2012
Franklin County, Pa., lawmakers expect grim news when Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his annual budget address Feb. 7. Poor tax collections are resulting in an unexpected budgetary shortfall that some estimates place at $1.5 billion, according to state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York. “We have an idea it's not going to be good. We have our work cut out for us,” Alloway said. Some legislative leaders are pushing for public education to be funded at the same levels as 2011-12, state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 25, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey said Tuesday he'll win in Franklin County, Pa., but he wants supporters to help him do so by a wide margin. Toomey, a Republican, is running against Democrat Joe Sestak for the Senate seat held for five terms by Arlen Specter. Specter changed parties to become a Democrat and was beat out by Sestak in the primary. On Tuesday, Toomey made a campaign stop at Norlo Park east of Chambersburg, Pa. He was greeted by approximately 50 supporters and 10 people holding Sestak signs.
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July 8, 2012
Legislation updating Pennsylvania's education code containing a measure authored by Rep. Todd Rock that allows school districts in Pennsylvania to retain school resource officers (SROs) was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. According to a news release from Rock's office, previous law did not permit school districts to use taxpayer funds to contract with local police departments or county probation offices in order to have their personnel keep regular hours and interact with school personnel.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2011
The Chambersburg Area School Board learned Wednesday that the district has received state approval to potentially increase taxes by an additional 1.6125 mills, if they see fit, in its 2011-12 budget. The board's Finance Committee met on April 11 and committee members learned that the district was approved for the Act 1 index exceptions. Anne Boryan, a Finance Committee member, reported to the board during its regular meeting Wednesday night inside an almost empty board room at the Administration Building.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2011
Some of the pedestrian crosswalks in Greencastle could soon get a new look. The Greencastle Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to hire Ginny Lays, president of The Write Group Inc., to research and write a grant to help fund the new crosswalks. But, the council hasn't voted on installing the new crosswalks yet. While Lays will spend about eight hours researching federal, state and foundation funding options to support the project, she is unsure if she'll get the money for the project.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | May 24, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, PA. A Fayetteville man is in Dauphin County (Pa.) Prison on charges he attempted to lure a 12-year-old girl into meeting him after discussions in an Internet chat room with an undercover agent with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office. Bradley L. Doyle, 34, of 5500 Lincoln Way East, Lot 7C, was arrested Monday at a Harrisburg, Pa., area mall, and agents found a rope, sexual aid and lotion in his vehicle, according to a news release from Attorney General Tom Corbett's office.
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May 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services is seeking local businesses affected by a tractor-trailer fire Thursday that closed Interstate 81 in Dauphin County, Pa., for several days. Due to the crash and fire last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett declared a state of disaster. He is consulting with the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if there is a need for a federal declaration, according to a news release. If a federal declaration is made, there might be federal funds available to offset uninsured business losses due to the incident.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2011
Facing crippled funding streams, Franklin County, Pa., school districts are exploring myriad ways to save money, including joining together in a consortium to improve buying power. Waynesboro Area School Board voted this week to enter into the consortium. Other invited members are the Greencastle-Antrim, Chambersburg Area, Tuscarora, Fannett-Metal and Shippensburg Area school districts. Evan Williams, assistant superintendent in the Waynesboro Area School District, said the participating districts are not obligated to anything by signing the initial agreement.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
Three Pennsylvania lawmakers stopped by a Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday to talk about Harrisburg's ambitious political agenda that could have far-reaching and long-term effects. Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly this spring are debating the merits of the governor's plans to improve revenues. For 2013-14, Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed a $28.4 billion budget, which represents 3 percent in new spending. “The budget is going to be a challenge again this year.
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