Making Education a Top Priority
When Governor Corbett proposed education cuts that went too deep, Joe stood with local families to say, "No." He worked in a bipartisan manner to re-prioritize the budget and made sure that local schools received more state funding for basic education than ever before.
Providing Help to Those Who Need It
Joe worked to ensure that the state budget provided services for those who need help in these difficult economic times by cutting spending on pork-barrel projects and other non-essentials. At the same time, he supported initiatives that make sure those who illegitimately benefit from our social services system are stopped.
Joe worked in the House to build consensus on how to treat the emerging Marcellus Shale industry -- to ensure it provides benefit to taxpayers while still protecting the jobs it brings to our state. In the end, he supported a bipartisan compromise that forces gas drillers to pay for their impact on our communities and for hundreds of millions of dollars for statewide environmental protection. This law also made regulation of the natural gas industry among the toughest in the nation.
Listening to Our Concerns
Joe has attended hundreds of community events and held numerous forums across the 137th District to listen to our concerns and ideas of where Pennsylvania should be headed - and how we should get there. He knows that to be an effective Representative, he needs to know what we think -- and takes the time to find that out.