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CCCBI Hosts Two Member Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies


This week two CCCBI members, Big Blue Swim School - Paoli and Ellie Mental Health, opened new locations in Chester County and utilized their new memberships to hold official ribbon cutting ceremonies!


On Monday, President & CEO, Laura Manion, joined Big Blue Swim School's team to mark their opening day. Director of Membership, Laura Ellis, represented CCCBI at Ellie Mental Health's grand opening on Thursday afternoon. 


Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate this exciting step for our new members!


Legislative Update


Democrats Hold One-Seat Majority in House as State Legislature Returns to Session with Unfinished Budget


While the General Fund bill was passed and enacted this summer, the State Legislature and Administration have yet to finalize the budget “Code” bills which enable portions of funding.


The Senate returned on September 18th after reconvening briefly on August 30, to take a small step toward finishing passage of the 2023-24 budget package.  First, the Senate Appropriations Committee met to consider several bills. SB 757 , which amends the Fiscal Code, became the vehicle for restoring the PASS education scholarship initiative that Senate Republicans had added to the spending bill, HB 611, but Gov. Shapiro blueline vetoed the funding after House Democrats refused to pass the bill if it were included.


Amendment A01921,  by Chairman Scott Martin, was adopted on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in the negative. Another amendment offered by Sen. Nick Miller (D-Lehigh), was tabled on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in the negative. The bill was reported as amended on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in the negative.


The larger part of the implementing language was inserted into HB 1300.  The bill was re-reported as amended on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in the negative, after Senate Dems objected to being largely left out of the negotiations on the budget package. The bills were then reported to the Senate floor and passed on party line votes. HB 1300 passed (29-18), and SB 757 passed, 28-19).


Democrats will retain their narrow majority in the state House after Democrat Lindsay Powell won a special election for the seat representing the 21st Legislative District in Allegheny County. The chamber has been evenly divided with 101 Democrats and 101 Republicans since Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, resigned in July to focus on her campaign for county executive. Powell is director of Workforce Strategies for InnovatePGH, an economic development nonprofit, and a former aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and former Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. Powell will complete the remainder of Innamorato's two-year term and be up for re-election next year. Powell is expected to be sworn in the week of October 2nd


After the Democrats regained the Majority in the House, they passed their own versions of the Code bills. HB1300 was amended and sent back to the Senate. The House also passed a Tax Code bill. HB 1219 includes the acceleration of the Corporate Net Income Tax reduction, changes to Combined Reporting and Childcare and Fil Production Tax credits. However, due to concerns on the process as well as some content, the legislation passed along party line vote of 102-101 and its future in the Senate remains unclear.


The Senate and House now return on October 16th to continue the process, dysfunctional or not.


Member Spotlight


People's Light


Founded in 1974, People’s Light serves as one of PA's largest professional non-profit theatres, known for their resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and innovative work with young

people in Chester County.


In their 8-9 play season, they present stories that have direct relevance to the community and its concerns. In support of this range, they produce classics, contemporary plays, and commission and produce new work! The campus includes two black box theatres with 340 and 160 seats respectively; offices; scenic shops; rehearsal halls; classrooms; a restored 18th-century farmhouse to house guest artists; the Fern and Fable restaurant; and The Farmhouse banquet and catering facility that can be rented for special events. 


You can also find an education department that offers theater classes to all ages, summer theater camp for kids, in class workshops and in school touring productions. People's Light offers various discounts for military, teachers, students, WHYY members and groups of 10 or more.  

One big discount is about to be offered exclusively to CCCBI Members!


Come enjoy a spooky evening with Halloween-themed tastes and treats!


On Wednesday, October 25, People's Light will be hosting Flight Night at the Farmhouse. At only an hour long, our October Flight Night has two performances, one at 6 PM and one at 8:30 PM.


What is Flight Night? Take a sip! Watch a scene! With your ticket, you’ll be provided a flight of wine and snacks paired with a flight of mini plays, each 5-10 minutes long. Each mini play is a “spicy provocation” that serves as a conversation starter. Between plays, you’ll have time to chat with your table about the plays.

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