February 2018

McGarrigle eyes new money for school safety

State Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, next week will introduce legislation that will provide a recurring revenue stream for school safety initiatives throughout the commonwealth.

McGarrigle’s bill is looking to divert the money generated from court filing fees and fines to support the judicial computer system to be used for improving safety in the state’s 500 school districts. The online judicial portal is entirely self-funded to the tune of approximately $55 million. McGarrigle wants to see that money used for protecting students and teachers from a violent threat.

The yet-to-be submitted bill came as a result of a meeting McGarrigle had last week with school superintendents to discuss school...

February 2018

McGarrigle talks school safety with Delco educators

MORTON >> Following the mass murder at a Parkland, Fla., high school last week that killed 17, state Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, met with area school superintendents on Wednesday to discuss keeping their tens of thousands of students safe.

The conversation between the top educators and the local legislator lasted for about an hour at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton as they proposed ideas that will keep the county’s schools safe.

“There are evil and/or disturbed individuals who want to harm our teachers and children with a multitude of weapons and we cannot allow them access to educational facilities,” said McGarrigle. “This unfortunately will require change and,...

February 2018

McGarrigle launches bid for re-election to state Senate

SPRINGFIELD >> State Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, formally launched his re-election campaign outside of his automotive business on East Woodland Avenue to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

“I chose this (site) as my official campaign kickoff because I think it’s a good reminder of the Legislature our founding fathers originally envisioned: A Legislature made up of citizen statesmen, individuals who traveled to the capital to pass laws and adopt a state budget, and then returned to their jobs and their small businesses,” said McGarrigle. “Legislators who do that are increasingly the exception and not the rule.”

McGarrigle said he still works at the automotive shop he first launched...