Legislative Priorities

On November 10, 2018 PNGAS adopted the 2019 Legislative Agenda at the Annual State Conference in Lancaster. The Legislative Agenda was updated March 15, 2019.

Over the next 12 months, the Pennsylvania National Guard must recruit more than 2,300 new members to replace Guard members that have completed their commitments and/or retired. Accordingly, PNGAS legislative, budget and mission priorities reflect the critical need to attract, train and retain quality women and men in the Guard and recognize institutions that help optimize recruitment and retention strategies of the Pennsylvania National Guard. To strengthen the Guard, PNGAS adopts this 2019 Legislative Agenda and directs its energies, resources and talents be specifically focused to secure swift passage of the same:

  1. The Educational Assistance Program (“EAP”) ​is the #1 recruiting and retention tool for the Pennsylvania National Guard and the top legislative priority of PNGAS. Last year with PNGAS support, EAP funding was increased to $13 million! ​Now, PNGAS supports and urges advocacy for the Governor’s proposed FY 2019-2020 state budget EAP allocation increase of $265,000 from $13 million to $13,265,000.
  2. After investing billions to create the best National Guard in the United States, increasing retention rates of well-trained Guard members is cost-effective, strategic, and wise. Recognizing this, the ​Military Family Education Program (MFEP)​ was introduced by Governor Wolf in the February 2019 Budget Address to create a new non-lapsing Fund providing EAP-like tuition benefits to spouses and children of members of the Pennsylvania National Guard when the member re-enlists for another 6-year term. First-year funding requires $2.7 Million in the FY 2019-2020 state budget. To make immediate impacts, the MFEP requires legislative passage on or before June 30, 2019. The EAP and MFEP, and their budget requests, are the #1 priorities of PNGAS.
  3. A 2017-2018 legislative priority of PNGAS, ​Act 51 of 2018 created the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Pennsylvania​. Now in law, PNGAS supports a $2 million allocation in any Supplemental Budget or in the Governor’s proposed FY 2019-2020 state budget to start the planning, official-submissions, and site development plans for the Youth Challenge Center. 29 states use the National Guard Youth Challenge Program to help high school dropouts and at-risk adolescents become productive and responsible citizens. Chairman Steve Barrar is circulating a co-sponsorship memo​ to establish the ​Keystone State Challenge Academy Special Fund. This is a legislative priority of PNGAS.
  4. An on-time state budget with full or greater funding of the Governor’s proposed FY 2019-2020 DMVA budget is a legislative priority of PNGAS.

PNGAS Supports The Following Legislation

Our Federal Priorities include:

Our State Priorities include: