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Senator Ryan Aument


Legislation Would Address Cybersecurity Threats and Costs of IT Upgrades

State government is under constant threats from cyberattacks. The Pennsylvania Department of Treasury alone is targeted approximately 10 million times every month. Any lapse in security could cause serious consequences not only for state agencies, but for many private citizens. For example, a data breach involving state tax returns could expose the personal information of millions of Pennsylvanians.  

I recently joined several of my colleagues in the General Assembly in introducing legislation that would better protect state agencies against the threat of cyberattacks, while at the same time protecting taxpayers against excessive costs for information technology (IT) upgrades. The bill would codify the Office for Information Technology in state law and give the office additional powers to ensure necessary IT upgrades are completed in a timely and cost-efficient manner. 

This approach would provide a necessary layer of oversight and planning to the process of updating every state agency’s IT infrastructure. More information about the bill is available here.


I enjoyed touring New Holland Eye and Ear’s new facility and meeting with Dr. Owens and Dr. Strybos.


Proposed Tax Package Raises Concerns 

New taxes on utility bills, online purchases, fireworks and more could be on the way after the Senate barely passed a package of tax increases designed to address the state budget deficit. I voted against these new taxes because they take Pennsylvania further away from my goal of creating an opportunity society in which every individual can achieve earned success. 

Creating new taxes on nearly every Pennsylvania family and business sends the wrong message. We need to encourage businesses and families to come here, stay here and prosper here. We cannot meet that goal if we continue to follow a path of more government spending and higher taxes. 

My full statement regarding my vote against new taxes is available here.


Save the Date: Local Hearing Scheduled to Examine Property Tax Problem 

More constituents contact me to discuss property taxes than any other issue. I look forward to joining Senator Scott Martin and members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee for a hearing to examine potential solutions to the property tax problem in Lancaster County later this month. 

The hearing will be held in the Pequea Valley High School Auditorium on August 30 at 7 p.m. Additional details will be available in the weeks ahead.

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