Sturla prepared to tackle tough issues in 2017-18 House session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – Today, state Rep. Mike Sturla began his 14th term representing residents of the city of Lancaster and parts of Lancaster and Manheim townships in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The 201st legislative session began with today’s swearing-in ceremony at noon due to the state’s constitutional mandate to begin each legislative session at noon on the first Tuesday of the year.

“We are facing a $2 billion structural budget deficit, and the legislature still has a long way to go in adequately funding education, from quality early childhood education through higher education. We’ve made progress in the previous session with the Basic Education Funding Formula, but we still have a long way to go to make funding education more equitable,” Sturla said.

“I am eager to continue working on legislation that will improve education, tackle environmental issues, improve our ailing infrastructure, address the heroin, opiate and prescription drug epidemic, and close the structural budget deficit with sustainable revenue sources. We have a challenging budget year ahead, and I am ready to get to work.”

Sturla, reelected by his Democratic colleagues as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, will continue to host hearings throughout the state on how to improve government functions.

“These hearings allow us to learn from experts and citizens from every corner of the state and develop policy that directly addresses their concerns. Leading the committee is a unique opportunity for which I am grateful,” Sturla said.

Sturla urges residents to visit his constituent service office at 150 E. King St., Suite B, Lancaster, 17602. The office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, can be reached at 717-295-3157. His staff can help with a variety of state-related services, including state Transportation Department paperwork, PACE/PACENET prescription drug program and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, and more.

Residents can find information on what’s happening in the district and in Harrisburg by visiting Sturla’s website at www.pahouse.com/Sturla, his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepMikeSturla and Twitter feed @RepMikeSturla.


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