HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- Lehigh/Berks) was sworn in today, entering his sixth term representing the 134th Legislative District.
The 2019-20 session was a busy and challenging time. We dealt with the passage of state budgets and the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the passage of three of my bills that were signed into law, along with countless others.
HARRISBURG - House Majority Whip, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong/Clarion/Forest), has named Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) to serve as a deputy whip in the 2021-22 Legislative Session, which begins in January.
HARRISBURG – Today in Harrisburg, the governor signed into law legislation authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) that will allow for streamlined permitting for new and advanced technology businesses, including advanced recycling operations.
HARRISBURG – A law authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) a few years ago, known as Startups for Soldiers, is having continued success with 3,327 veterans and reservists saving $373,185 in business and professional licensing fee exemptions from September 2019 to August 2020.
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States today. In fact, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke and every four minutes, someone dies of stroke. It is estimated worldwide that one out of every four individuals will suffer a stroke during his or her lifetime. To raise greater awareness about strokes and how to identify them, I have introduced a resolution recognizing Oct. 29, 2020, as World Stroke Day in Pennsylvania.
Senior citizens living on fixed incomes face a lot of financial challenges, and the state has set up several programs to help ease some of their stress. My staff can assist seniors with applications or provide more information on any of these programs. Just stop in, call or email us.
Due to the unprecedented times we are currently experiencing, the General Assembly and the governor agreed upon a $25.8 billion state budget a month before the deadline in order to bring stability to those programs, services and agencies that rely on state funding. In order to provide that stability while also budgeting responsibly, the budget covers the next five months of funding with the exception of education and some human services programs, which are being funded for an entire 12 months.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 1108, which sets the guidelines for the distribution of $2.6 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Under the bill, $625 million would be designated for counties, with Berks County set to receive $38 million and Lehigh County set to receive $33.3 million to help address impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh).
Education at all levels will be funded for a full 12 months as educators work to get students back in the classroom
As we all continue to grapple with the changing world in which we currently find ourselves, government is doing what it can to ease deadlines and other mandates so more people have an opportunity to apply for and take care of certain government requirements.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) has recently been appointed to serve on the federal Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposal, which seeks to increase state spending by $2 billion:
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census as mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2 that is used to gather important data about the American people and the economy. We have counted our population every 10 years since 1790.
HARRISBURG – On Friday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) will be holding his monthly veterans assistance hours. At that time an outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available to meet with veterans to discuss the benefits and services they have earned.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) today welcomed news of a 30-year record low in the unemployment compensation (UC) tax rate in Pennsylvania, and the revived health of the UC Trust Fund.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) will be holding his monthly veterans assistance hours on Friday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At that time an outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available to meet with veterans to discuss the benefits and services they have earned.
The year 2019 has been a busy one! I have been meeting with many constituents both in Harrisburg and the district listening to their concerns and ideas. I have also been attending a great many meetings, hearings, and tours to talk with experts and expand my education on various issues. I authored several legislative measures with two of them becoming law this past year. I am also already working on new legislative proposals for 2020.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) will be holding his monthly veterans assistance hours on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At that time an outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available to meet with veterans to discuss the benefits and services they have earned.
A new law I authored, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, recently became law and will take effect next year. This law will require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure their new hires do not include individuals not authorized to work in the United States.