Monthly Archives: March 2014

April’s Upcoming Meeting

Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, Jim Cawley, will be the guest speaker for the next meeting of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 at 7:00PM in the Baylor Conference Room at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

Jim Cawley, 44 years old, graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He then graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received a law degree from Temple University School of Law.

Prior to being elected to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, he was Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson. In 2000, he ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 141st District. Incumbent Democrat State Representative Anthony Melio won re-election by defeating Cawley 56%-42%. He was also a former Pennsylvania state chairman and national co-chairman of the College Republicans and served as an elected member of the Bristol Township School Board.

He serves on the County Commissioner’s Association of Pennsylvania’s Energy, Environment, & Land Use Committee as Vice Chairman. Jim is a former member of the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital, a former trustee of Bucks County Community College and a Commonwealth trustee of Temple University.


March’s Meeting Summary – Paycheck Protection

The summary of the SVC meeting held this past Monday, March 10 follows:

John Bouder - Paycheck Protection

John Bouder of The Commonwealth Foundation presented a discussion on the topic of paycheck protection and a background on the current practice of unions having dues withheld via the state (and via taxpayer money) and then given directly to unions. John is a policy analyst for The Commonwealth Foundation, and discussed how this practice unfairly gives unions advantages that other organizations lack. Currently, there is pending legislation (HB 1507) in Harrisburg, backed by our local Representatives, to end what was called the “Government-Union Power Cycle”.

65 people were in attendance.

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting: $ 17,505,921,013,432
Debt at End of Meeting: $ 17,506,147,485,983
Increase in Debt during the Meeting $ 226,472,551
Increase per minute $ 2,516,361

Monday’s Upcoming Meeting

WHO: John Bouder – Policy Analyst & Communications Officer for the Commonwealth Foundation

WHAT: Why are government unions allowed to use taxpayer resources to collect their political money? This unfair political privilege has a devastating impact on taxpayers. Learn how fairness can be restored for teachers, government workers, and taxpayers in Pennsylvania.

WHEN:  Monday, March 10 at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor Conference Room (Lower level, West Side)

AUDIENCE: The public is invited free of charge. Those with opposing points of view are welcome.

March’s Upcoming Meeting

John Bouder will be the featured speaker for the next SVC meeting on Monday, March 10 at 7:00PM at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg. His presentation will focus on paycheck protection—ending government union bosses’ unfair political privilege that allows them to use taxpayer resources for politics.

John Bouder is a Policy Analyst & Communications Officer for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives. He is a lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Northumberland Christian School and college at Susquehanna University. He holds a B.A. in Writing and is a short story aficionado and an antiques collector.

John and his wife are the parents of two daughters and he is committed to bequeathing to his family a free and prosperous Pennsylvania.

SVC welcomes everyone to attend this meeting free of charge.