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Lehigh Valley lawmaker looks to close tax collectors’ fraud loophole

HARRISBURG — It’s a crime of opportunity committed against Pennsylvania taxpayers time and time again. • 1990: Former Bath tax collector William O. Jandrasitz and his wife, JoAnn F. Jandrasitz, are sentenced in Northampton County Court to probation for stealing $236,714 in borough and school tax receipts. • 2013: Former Mohnton tax collector Jodie Mae Keller gets probation after […]

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House approves career program tax incentive

BY ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF) HARRISBURG – Employers would receive a state tax credit for setting up career programs for high school students under a bill that was recently passed unanimously by the House. The measure would encourage businesses, schools and local workforce investment boards to create “CareerBound” programs in schools to provide students […]

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Cetronia Ambulance Corps Says ‘Thanks’ to Rep. Ryan Mackenzie

Cetronia CEO Larry Wiersch expresses gratitude for legislation sponsored by Rep. Mackenzie that exempts EMS companies from realty transfer taxes. Posted by Jennifer Marangos (Editor)   Dear Editor: We at the Cetronia Ambulance Corps wish to extend our sincerest of thanks and recognition to State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie for the pivotal role he played in helping us […]

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Breaks for businesses that give internships? Bill would give tax credits for connecting students with available ‘priority’ occupations.

By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — For 15 years, Parkland High School teacher Wes Spence has worked with local businesses to set up job-shadowing and internship opportunities for 10th-graders looking to parlay their vocational training into a job after graduation. He has a stable crop of about 50 businesses that participate in the program run […]

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REP. RYAN MACKENZIE ADDRESSES SAFETY IN SCHOOLS

PRO Martial Arts Trexlertown will host Representative Ryan Mackenzie on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. He will be addressing efforts to reduce violence in school and the recent grants that have been established to help tackle this issue. Rep. Ryan Mackenzie has been involved in education and child safety during his term as Representative. […]

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New law provides tax exemption for fire companies

Two officers from the Eastern Berks Fire Company, headquartered in Barto, Berks County, were invited to Harrisburg to witness Gov. Tom Corbett sign House Bill 465 into law. Fire Company President Scott Reitnauer and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Mutter attended the ceremony and were photographed with the governor, state Sen. Judy Schwank and state Rep. […]

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Legislators work for the people

There are times citizens forget that the officials we elect to office are there to work for the people. I recently had occasion to write to state Rep. Mackenzie’s office about an issue that I could not resolve on my own. I had a problem with a branch of state government since February. I contacted […]

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Rep. Mackenzie’s top accomplishment: Helping people navigate too-complicated government

Top accomplishment The biggest accomplishment last session was the consistent and helpful assistance our office offered constituents who faced challenges navigating government. Government continues to be too complicated, and while we work to improve government efficiency and effectiveness, our office was able to help many people in the area. We regularly receive “thank you” letters […]

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Lehigh County fire companies, ambulance corps get share of $120,000 in state grants

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie today announced $120,000 in state grants for 15 volunteer fire companies and ambulance corps, including 12 in Lehigh County. Administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the grants can be used for facility construction or renovation, equipment purchase or repair, training or debt reduction, said Mackenzie, R-Berks-Lehigh. The […]

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Berks-area lawmakers get committee assignments

The state Senate and House of Representatives this week announced these committee assignments for legislators representing parts of Berks County. … Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, Lehigh County Republican: member of Commerce, Gaming Oversight, Labor and Industry and Tourism and Recreational Development. See article on readingeagle.com »

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