– State Rep. Jamie Flick (R-Lycoming/Union) issued the following statement after his first year in office as state representative to the 83rd District:
“It is an honor serving you as state representative. Every day, I look for opportunities to advocate for our district and support commonsense laws in Harrisburg that will help us here at home. I’m happy to share the results I have delivered my first year in office, as well as what I am working on next.
“I am incredibly proud to support our district in Harrisburg, which includes helping secure state grant funding for our community. To date, the 83rd District has been awarded $8.4 million in state grant funding, and more than $3.4 million of that funding went to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority. This funding is estimated to save ratepayers 20% over the next two years.
“Since taking office I have introduced legislation that will achieve the following: eliminate emissions testing for Lycoming County and similar sized counties; provide line of duty death benefits for coroners and deputy coroners; change requirements for temporary substitute teachers from a four-year degree to a two-year degree; and ensure fairness for children in custody disputes by enacting a shared parenting law. In addition, I support proposed legislation to strengthen voter ID, reduce the size of our state government, reduce property taxes for veterans and senior citizens and create Supreme Court term limits.
“It is important to me to find common ground, especially in government and representing the good people of Pennsylvania. I created the Meet Me in the Middle Caucus, which is a caucus where my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, come together and find common ground on timely issues such as strengthening our mental health system, increasing access of resources for people and children with disabilities, and finding ways to support our children.
“One of the things I enjoy the most as your state representative is touring the various industries in our community and meeting the hardworking individuals behind these operations. From high-end energy and telecommunications to the world’s premier flow forming metal products and more, I am amazed at what we create in the 83rd District. We truly have the perfect place for industry and the ability to attract new businesses and create more jobs.
“Lastly, taking personal responsibility is of utmost importance to me, and I do not believe people should be paid before a job is done. Because of this, I was one of only two state representatives who asked for my paycheck to be withheld until our state budget was fully passed. Since I believe in smaller government, I opted not to receive the pension, 401k, per diem and meal reimbursement benefits available to those who hold this office. In addition, I do not believe in receiving money from special interest groups, super PACs or lobbyists.
“I speak from the heart, vote for my district and sleep well at night.
“If you are ever in need of assistance, please call my district office at 570-321-1270. We look forward to serving you.”