What an exciting few weeks it has been! On May 20, a federal court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized in Pennsylvania. Gov. Corbett said he will not appeal the decision, which means same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban.
State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Pennsylvania is the 19th state to legalize gay marriage.
I also want to give you some information in this District Connection about the state budget, and how you can make sure the amusement park rides your family goes on have been inspected.
June: The State Budget
June is the end of budget season but it is the beginning of sometimes difficult negotiating. My focus is on jobs, education and the environment, among other things. Since Gov. Corbett took office he has cut $1 billion from education and we are still working to restore that funding.
Senate Democrats also have a number of ways to raise revenue, including a natural gas severance tax, new levies on smokeless tobacco and cigars and modernizing the state-owned liquor stores to provide customers with additional shopping hours.
I will also continue to push for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid expansion will help us solve the budget crisis while delivering thousands of jobs and finally providing health care for people who do not now have it.
If you have concerns regarding state funding you can contact me via email or phone. I want to hear all your thoughts on the state budget.
Inspection records for PA Amusement Rides available online
Every amusement ride, either fixed or traveling in Pennsylvania, must be registered with the PA Department of Agriculture. Each ride is inspected on a regular basis. Every ride is inspected before it opens and then at least once every 30 days.
The PA Department of Agriculture has launched a website that lets you check when, or if, a ride has been inspected. There are more than 9,000 amusement rides in Pennsylvania, more than any other state in the country.
The Ride Safe website will deliver some solid peace of mind.
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