1. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Upcoming Budget Address

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I am excited to announce that I will now be recording a bi-weekly video update called “Barton Breaks It Down” to keep you informed on all the latest news from Harrisburg and back home in our district.

With the governor’s budget address coming up next Tuesday, I thought it made sense to share my budget priorities and what I hope to hear from Gov. Josh Shapiro. In a few short months on the job, it is clear to me that we have challenges, not just in Washington or Harrisburg, but in every community I represent. It’s my hope we can come together and meet these challenges.

Check out this week’s video update!

2. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – RGGI

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I am excited to announce that I will now be recording a bi-weekly video update called “Barton Breaks It Down” to keep you informed on all the latest news from Harrisburg and back home in our district.

A few weeks ago, we heard a lot of positive things from Gov. Josh Shapiro in his first budget address, but one thing that I was disappointed to hear NOTHING about… was pulling Pennsylvania from the disastrous anti-energy, anti-consumer agreement known as, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.

3. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – Budget Hearings


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Welcome to another bi-weekly video update of "Barton Breaks it Down," which is part of my commitment to keeping the constituents of Berks and Schuylkill counties informed as to what’s going on in Harrisburg and in our district with important news and complete transparency.

Check out this week’s video update where I break down the process of how Gov. Josh Shapiro's budget proposal is investigated through a series of budget hearings that help to ensure your taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.

4. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – House Committees

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Welcome to another biweekly video update of "Barton Breaks It Down," which is part of my commitment to keeping the constituents of Berks and Schuylkill counties informed as to what’s going on in Harrisburg and back home in our district with complete transparency.

As a state representative, I don’t have a lot of say as to which committees on which I get to serve. For the 2023-24 Legislative Session, I have been appointed to serve on three House committees:

• Housing and Community Development.
• State Government.
• Tourism and Economic and Recreational Development.

This week, I’m going to be breaking down my role on the Housing and Community Development Committee. As a member of this committee, I vote on legislation sponsored by me or other House members. So, what exactly does the Housing and Community Development Committee do?

Check out this week’s video update to learn more!

5. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – PA Agriculture

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Welcome to another biweekly video update of "Barton Breaks It Down," which is part of my commitment to keeping the constituents of Berks and Schuylkill counties informed, as to what’s going on in Harrisburg and back home in our district with important facts and complete transparency.

This week, I’m breaking down our Commonwealth’s leading industry… Pennsylvania agriculture.

Check out this week’s video to LEARN more about how PA’s economy is deeply ROOTED in our agricultural industry!

6. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – PA Dairy Promotion Program Chair Lolly Lesher & Way-Har Farms

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Welcome to another biweekly video update of "Barton Breaks It Down," which is part of my commitment to keeping the constituents of Berks and Schuylkill counties informed, as to what’s going on in Harrisburg and back home in our district with important facts and complete transparency.

What a fun time it was interviewing the FIRST EVER female chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, Lolly Lesher, at the beautiful Way-Har Farms in Berks County!

Check out this week’s video update to learn more about Lolly and her new role, her amazing Berks County farm and all things PA dairy.

7. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – How a Bill Becomes a Law

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Welcome to another biweekly video update of "Barton Breaks It Down," which is part of my commitment to keeping the constituents of Berks and Schuylkill counties informed, as to what’s going on in Harrisburg and back home in our district with important facts and complete transparency.

Check out this week’s video update where I break down the legislative process and how a bill becomes a law!

8. ‘Barton Breaks It Down’ – Backing the Blue

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, we’re discussing the safety of our communities here in Berks and Schuylkill counties.


9. Barton Breaks It Down: Campaign Finance Transparency

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, we discuss the Commonwealth’s campaign finance laws, and my new legislation to make the process more transparent.

10. Barton Breaks It Down: National Recovery Month

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, we discuss National Recovery Month, and the help available here in the 124th Legislative District for anyone struggling with addiction.

11. Barton Breaks It Down- Shapiro's Voter Registration Mandate

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I’m tackling Gov. Josh Shapiro’s move to start automatically registering anyone to vote who either obtains or renews their driver’s license or state I.D.

12. Barton Breaks It Down: Stop Funding Hamas by achieving PA Energy Independence

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On this “Barton Breaks It Down,” I explain how Pennsylvania, and the wider United States, indirectly helped fund the terrorist organization that recently massacred Israeli civilians, and what we can do to change course.

13. Rep. Barton Breaks It Down: With Bob and Judy Miller.

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On this “Barton Breaks It Down,” I chat with Bob and Judy Miller, who attended my Senior Expo last month.

14.Rep. Barton breaks it down with Bob Carl, President of Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce.

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On this edition of “Barton Breaks It Down,” I met with Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Carl during my Senior Citizens Expo to discuss some of the resources we offered and how the very building in which the expo was held honors veterans in our community.

15. Barton Breaks It Down: Human Trafficking

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On this edition of “Barton Breaks It Down,” we’re focusing on the dark reality of human trafficking. I’ll tell you about some of the warning signs, and the resources you can reach out to if you or someone you know may be a victim.

16. Barton Breaks it Down: Girl Scout Lilyanne

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On this edition of “Barton Breaks It Down,” I had the pleasure of speaking with Lilyanne from Tamaqua Girl Scout Troop 33013. She has pioneered an important presentation on cell phone safety that is impacting Girl Scouts across the country.

17. Barton Breaks it Down: The new year is a time of joy, giving, family and reflection

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The end of the year is a time of joy, giving, family and reflection. So, in this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I wanted to take a look back at my first year serving as your state representative.

18. Barton Breaks It Down with the PA Treasury

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I spoke with a representative from the Pennsylvania Treasury about the many services it offers.

19. Barton Breaks It Down: 2024 PA Farm Show interview with Dave Smith, Executive Director of the PA Dairymen's Association


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A trip to the Pennsylvania Farm Show is never complete without one of its famous milkshakes! On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I get a behind-the-scenes look at how these delicious drinks are made with PA Dairymen's Association's Executive Director Dave Smith!

20. Barton Breaks It Down with Sec. Redding

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I sat down with Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to talk about this year’s show, organic agriculture and more!

21. Barton Breaks It Down with Rodale Institute

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The 124th was well-represented at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show. That’s thanks in no small part to Rodale Institute! Rodale is a global leader in organic agriculture. On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I spoke with Sam Geesaman, a Navy veteran and Rodale farm operations technician, about Rodale’s RIFT program. Rodale Institute’s Farmer Training (RIFT) school gives aspiring farmers the knowledge and experience they need to start a career in organic agriculture.

22. Barton Breaks It Down: 2024 PA Farm Show interview with Mike Firestine and Christian Leinbach

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At this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show, I caught up with Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach and Farm Show Committee Chairman Mike Firestine to talk about nearly $2 million in scholarships awarded at the Farm Show, Berks County’s agricultural diversity and much more!

23. Barton Breaks It Down: 2024 PA Farm Show Interview with Tulpehocken FFA Members

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At this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show, I caught up with some members of the next generation of PA agriculture! Landon Davis, David Garber, and his mom and advisor, Amy, are with the Tulpehocken Future Farmers of America (FFA). We talked about their unique coursework, their future plans in agriculture and more in this edition of Barton Breaks It Down!

24. Barton Breaks It Down: 2024-25 PA Budget Process

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On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, we’re looking at the long and contentious process underway in Harrisburg to come up with our state budget plan. House Appropriations Committee hearings began this week, more than four months ahead of the June 30 deadline.  


25. Barton Breaks It Down – Blessing of the Balers
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We recognized, honored and prayed for our farmers and agricultural industry with our first ever "Blessing of the Balers" in Lenhartsville! Pastor Jeff Johnson led us in a prayer before we all went inside for some breakfast and fellowship. Farmers from Berks and Schuylkill counties joined us, as well as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Lisa Graybeal, for this inspirational and informative event. Agriculture is the number one business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and we need to regularly support the amazing people who produce food for our families, our community and the world!

On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, I talked to one of the families who attended our event to learn about the history of their farm and all the hard work they put in to help put food on our tables.

Barton Breaks It Down – Blessing of the Balers with the Dept. of Ag
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We had a very special guest at our Blessing of the Balers earlier this month. The Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary for Animal Health and Food Safety Lisa Graybeal joined us to recognize, honor and pray for our farmers and the wider agricultural industry.

On this edition of Barton Breaks It Down, hear from the Deputy Secretary about her experience on her family’s dairy farm, the future of agriculture and much more!

Barton Breaks It Down – It’s Time to Act on Voter ID
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On this episode of Barton Breaks It Down, I’ll explain why I joined many of my colleagues to sign something called a discharge petition to put a constitutional amendment on voter ID on the ballot.

Barton Breaks It Down – Touring Hamburg State Center
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With rumors swirling about the Hamburg State Center, I decided to see the 106-acre property for myself. Join me for a look inside the walls of this century-old sanitorium on this edition of Barton Breaks It Down.

Barton Breaks It Down – Background on the Hamburg State Center
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I toured the 106-acre Hamburg State Center property. On that tour, I got the chance to talk to Department of Human Services Bureau Director Kevin Dressler about the history of the former sanitorium, what’s happening on-site now and what the property may be used for moving forward.