Legislature Passes Budget Without Funding

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

House and Senate lawmakers finalized the state General Appropriations bill (H.B. 218) and sent it to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk on the constitutional deadline of June 30, just one day before the 2017-18 Fiscal Year began. House Bill 218 spends about two-tenths of one percent more than was spent in 2016-17. Notable components of the deal include a $100 million increase in basic education funding, with $8.8 million extra going to schools under the State System of Higher Education and state-related schools being flat-funded over the prior year; and a funding cut to the Department of Labor and industry of 13.3 percent (with a total spend of $10.5 million). Despite getting the General Appropriations bill completed, lawmakers will reconvene later this week after the 4th of July holiday to pass a number of bills related to the budget – including the Fiscal Code bill that will spell out how money should be appropriated across state departments.

This week (lawmakers are projected to come back on Thursday), conversations will focus on where new revenue to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the new fiscal year and about $700 million in new money to cover new spending for 2017-18 would come from. Options include gaming expansion, borrowing against future revenue from the Tobacco Settlement Fund or a combination of both. Broad-based tax increases remained off the table, and the idea of placing another tax on the state’s natural gas industry also appeared to be a non-starter. With disagreement between the House and Senate on the gaming bill, borrowing appears to be a likely scenario. Last week, the governor referred to the state’s cash shortfall as “a onetime gap,” adding that he was open to agreeing to a borrowing plan as long as Republicans could determine new recurring revenues from other sources that would help to avoid future deficits. “For that one time, I’m comfortable,” Wolf said, though he declined to give a firm dollar amount.

Governor Wolf has until July 10 to take action on the bill.

New Addresses in Montour County Expected to Roll Out in Early July

Montour County has implemented a readdressing project for Montour County, Riverside Borough, and Rush Township, based on a consistent county-wide addressing scheme. This project is almost complete, and it has been done to allow for faster emergency response by fire, police, rescue, medical and any other emergency services and also to name streets with conflicting or duplicate names in order to provide more efficient emergency services.

New address notifications began to be rolled out on June 30. Some businesses and residents in Danville Borough will begin receiving their new address information early during the week of July 3. The second round of notifications will be sent on July 14 to the other half of Danville Borough and outlying townships. The post office will deliver to both old and new addresses for up to one year. For more, please call 570-387-4930 or visit montourco.org.

The Chamber expects to receive the updated address information once it is finalized and will be working to update member information on the website and for the 2017-18 Membership Directory. Members that already have that information are asked to provide it to the Chamber at [email protected].

Thanks to the Danville Business Alliance for providing this update.

Ronald McDonald House of Danville Cuts Ribbon on New Family Room Inside Hospital; Seeks Volunteers

Kevin Lanciotti, Ronald McDonald House of Danville Board President; Gloria Gerrity, Vice President of the Women’s and Children’s Institute for Geisinger Health System; Thomas Sokola, Geisinger Central Hub Chief Administrative Officer; and Michael Turlis, Ronald McDonald House of Danville Executive Director, cut the ribbon on the new Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital on June 27. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Item)

The Ronald McDonald House of Danville (RMHD) officially cut the ribbon on its new Family Room, located inside the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Tuesday, June 27. The area was created as an extension of the RMHD, which is adjacent to but in a separate building from the hospital, and to give parents of critically injured or ill children a place to stay while they are being treated just steps away in the children’s hospital. The room took approximately 10 months to complete after a fundraising drive kicked off last summer.

The room is scheduled to open for families of patients in early July. However, volunteers are needed to help assist in getting the area ready to house guests. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact RMHD volunteer coordinator Joan Williams at 570-214-1792 or by email

RMHD is in its 36th year of serving families in medical crises by providing them with a place to stay while their child is receiving care. It has served nearly 400,000 families in its nearly four decades. For more information, visit its website.

Members Enjoy Unique Outdoor Setting at Pump House for June Business After Hours

Chamber members that made the trip through the winding roads and around the detour to the southeastern portion of Columbia County were rewarded with a unique experience at the Business After Hours at the Pump House Bed & Breakfast on June 21. With perfect weather, members had a chance to leisurely stroll around the Pump House property, which consists of a handful of buildings including a reception hall, barn and bridal suite, as well as take in the view of Catawissa Creek, contributing to the rustic and tranquil atmosphere. Members took a tour of the Pump House’s grounds and networked throughout the property, both inside the barn as well as outside, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, including catered food from fellow member The Blind Pig Kitchen, Pump House sangria and other beverages. For more information about the Pump House, visit its website or call 570-784-6730.

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. Please join us at our next Business After Hours on Wednesday, July 19 at the Columbia County Traveling Library, located at 702 Sawmill Rd., Bloomsburg, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Member News – June 28, 2017

Member News


Danville Child Development Center Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Danville Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. DCDC serves over 400 children annually in its non-profit early-learning program and is a community based organization dedicated to giving children a strong foundation for lifelong success by providing supports to families and high quality early learning experiences in safe, nurturing and engaging environments.  The program is the only NAEYC accredited program in Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely-recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC. Fewer than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition and approximately seven percent in Pennsylvania.


Hamilton Dental Care to Host Open House at New Office Location

Hamilton Dental Care will celebrate the recent opening of its new location at 2 Audubon Court, Bloomsburg, with an Open House on Thursday, July 13 from 4:30-8 p.m. The public is invited to bring the family for a fun night of food and prizes. Attendees can tour the new office and meet the friendly staff. Kids will enjoy face painting and balloons by The Balloon Man, Lanny Lee.  Adults can register to win a variety of prizes and baskets.  All new patients that schedule during this event will receive a 50% savings off their new patient exam.  A door prize of free whitening will also be given away to one lucky winner.