Blake, Local Officials Talk Budget, State Issues at Legislative Breakfast

CLARKS SUMMIT, February 14, 2013 – – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted nearly 100 elected and appointed local officials from around the 22nd Senatorial District at his 3rd annual legislative breakfast at the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit.

“During my campaign for Senate, I made a pledge to be accessible to citizens of the 22nd District and to be responsive to the concerns and needs of our communities and local officials,” Blake said. “This annual legislative breakfast is a great opportunity to continue dialogue with local officials and ensure they have full understanding of the state budget process and the major public policy debates occurring in Harrisburg.”

At the event, Blake discussed details of Governor Corbett’s proposed executive budget and provided details, and his position, on several other issues likely to be addressed in 2013-14 legislative session including transportation funding and the Governor’s proposed state pension reforms and liquor control system privatization. The Senator outlined his legislative agenda and his commitment to fostering tax fairness while advancing economic growth and jobs in Northeastern PA and throughout the state.

Nathan Byerly, Deputy Director the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, gave a presentation on the state’s Open Records law. Blake, a proponent of transparency and open government, is currently the prime sponsor of a Senate bill that would amend the state’s Open Records law to include the four state-related universities.

The annual legislative breakfast is an opportunity for elected and appointed municipal officials and school district officials from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe Counties to interact with the Senator and to discuss issues of interest and concern to their communities.

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