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Senator Bob Mensch

Dear Friend,

We have plenty of exciting events coming up in the 24th district, especially the Open House for our new office location in Red Hill.

The Open House is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Details listed below.) I hope to see you there, or at one of the other upcoming events listed below.

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Bob Mensch

In this issue...

New Office Location and Open House Invitation
Upcoming Events
The Mensch Report
Senate Hearings on the Proposed State Budget

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Senator Mensch discussed the Limerick Power Plant policies and procedures with David Lewis, Plant Manager, during a taping for the Mensch Report.

New Office Location and Open House Invitation

My district office location has moved from Pennsburg to Red Hill! I will be hosting an open house at my new district office, located at 56 West Fourth Street, Floor 2, in Red Hill on Saturday, April 11 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The new office is located on the second floor of the Red Hill Borough building. I am happy to announce that I will be sharing the office with Representative Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton).

The open house is an opportunity for residents to tour the new office, chat with me and my staff and Representative Simmons and his staff about the issues important to our district, as well as to learn more about the wide variety of legislative services available through the office. I look forward to speaking with constituents regarding their priorities for this legislative session.

Light refreshments will be served during the open house.

Registration is not required for the open house. If you have questions and you are unable to attend the open house, you may contact my office at 215-541-2388, or visit my website. You can also receive state related updates by following me on Twitter (@SenatorMensch) and on Facebook.

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Senator Mensch enjoyed taping the Mensch Report with Nelson Floyd at Speakeasy Coffee Company in Pennsburg.

Upcoming Events

Below are some of my upcoming events in the 24th District. Constituents of all ages are invited to attend any of these event. All events are FREE. Please be sure to RSVP if indicated. More events throughout the year will be posted at

Red Hill Open House
April 11, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: 56 West Fourth Street, Floor 2, Red Hill, PA

Event Description : Constituents are invited to join Senator Mensch and Representative Simmons during their open house at the new Red Hill Office location . No RSVP is necessary.

“Are You Getting What You Paid For?” Seminar
May 29, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Upper Bucks Activity Center – Milford Fire Company Social Hall, 2183 Milford Square Pike, Milford, PA 18951

Event Description : Do you ever feel “ripped off” in the marketplace? Do you understand Pennsylvania’s amusing and confusing sales tax application? Have you noticed that the packages are shrinking the amount of product we get for the price you pay? Your shopping trips will never be the same after this entertaining and educational presentation designed to make you a smarter consumer and help stretch your shopping dollars. This event features special guest speaker Mary Bach from AARP Consumer Issues Task Force. View the event flyerhere.RSVP by calling 215-541-2388. If you have any questions, please email

Sportsman/Outdoorsman Forum
June 4, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location : Perkiomen Township Fire Hall – 485 Gravel Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426

Event Description : Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you want to learn more about different outdoor/sportsman programs, activities, and resources available to you and your family? If yes, please join Senator Mensch for his first Sportsman/Outdoorsman Forum to learn more about the different state programs and resources available to Pennsylvanians! This event will feature special guest speakers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The speakers will provide updates on fishing, state parks and trails, camping and open space, hunting regulations, and much more! The event will also have vendors from various non-profit environmental organizations including Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historical Sites and the Perkiomen Watershed. Please bring your family and friends to this FREE event to find out how you can enjoy Pennsylvania’s great outdoors! Staff from Representative Tom Quigley’s office and Congressman Ryan Costello’s office will also be available.Registration is required. To register, please call 215-541-2388 or email


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Senator Mensch spoke with Rich Tobin, Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust Board Member, and Frank Kremm, Lead Car Host, during his tour and taping of the Mensch Report at Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown.


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The Mensch Report

This edition of the Mensch Report features a show that was taped in November 2012, however it still highlights a very important resource for Pennsylvanians. The Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) was developed and is administered by the Steel Valley Authority in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

SEWN saves manufacturing jobs throughout Pennsylvania by offering layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turnaround, or attract buyers for at-risk small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms. Given the fact that a company's problems are easier to address before they reach the crisis stage, SEWN staff responds to a company within 48 hours of a request. They visit with a company's management, owners, and workforce as appropriate to set up site visits and plant tours. Working with all parties concerned, they inventory all available resources and help develop solutions.

SEWN is one of the most cost-effective jobs programs in the United States. In 2012-2013, the overall program average cost per job retained was $1,119. In the last five years, SEWN's program costs averaged $918 per job saved when total costs were considered. During this time, SEWN saved the Commonwealth more than $33 million in Pennsylvania unemployment benefits, and over $132 million if jobs/payroll multipliers are included in the cost/benefit analysis.

SEWN services are provided to the manufacturer free of charge.

I invite you watch the show and listen to my special guests Tom Croft, Executive Director of the Steel Valley Authority, and Suzanne Smethers, President/Founder of Inteprod LLC as they discuss the benefits of this program.

Senate Hearings on the Proposed State Budget

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I recently took part in three weeks of public hearings on Gov. Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 state budget.

The Governor’s spending plan includes significant increases in taxes and spending, and I will join with my Senate colleagues to insist that it go through significant change before it is enacted. Traditionally, the House of Representatives and the Senate produce separate budget bills, and work with the Administration to craft a final spending plan. The constitutional deadline to enact the budget is June 30

The budget hearings featured more than 30 departments and agencies, with the committee questioning each about its funding request and its overall performance.

You can access summaries and videos of each hearing, as well as video clips of my discussions with the department heads who testified, here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

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Senator Mensch met with members of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau in Harrisburg. From left to right: John Caroff, Bonnie Caroff, Joan Benfield, Stephanie Sansone, Charles Rhoads, Grace Grater, Paul Grater.

Twitter and Facebook: I post regular updates on legislative action, committee developments, useful state-related information, happenings in the 24th Senatorial District and more on Twitter @SenatorMensch and on my Facebook page.

Contact Me

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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203024
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3024
Phone (717) 787-3110
FAX (717) 787-8004

Red Hill Office
56 West 4th Street
Floor 2
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone (215) 541-2388
Toll Free 1-855-247-9020
FAX (215) 541-2387
Monday - Friday
9-4:30 pm

Lansdale District Office
645 W. 9th Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone (215) 368-3117
FAX (215) 541-2387
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9-4:30 pm

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