Final Reminder for 2020 Rebate Applications

Dec. 28, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for the state’s 2020 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Remember, assistance through my office is always free. You need not pay a private firm to help with the application process.

Redrawing Pennsylvania’s Legislative Districts

Dec. 06, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

In the coming weeks, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be looking at proposals to redraw the boundaries of state House and Senate districts. The boundary changes are necessary to ensure fair and equal representation for all citizens.

Bill to Halt Bridge Tolling Plan Advances

Nov. 23, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The House of Representative has passed legislation to stop the current Wolf administration plan to toll nine interstate bridges across Pennsylvania, including several in our regions. Senate Bill 382 would also reassert the state Legislature’s oversight of any future tolling plans and provide for community involvement in the process.

Reforming Pennsylvania’s Lobbying Laws

Nov. 08, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

A package of lobbyist reform bills to improve openness and transparency, limit lobbyist influence and ensure ethical conduct of all lobbyists operating in Pennsylvania is advancing in the House of Representatives.

September is National Preparedness Month

Sep. 20, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Ida having recently left a path of damage across Pennsylvania, it is an appropriate time to remind everyone to always have an emergency plan in place.

PennDOT Emergency Programs Can Save Lives

Sep. 13, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Drivers are reminded of two voluntary programs available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that are aimed at saving lives in emergency situations. Participation in both programs is free of charge.

Blood Donations Encouraged

Aug. 30, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with leaders of five major blood banks across the state, are encouraging residents to consider donating blood if they are able. The department reports that blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slow Down for School Buses

Aug. 23, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

School bells will soon be ringing in the 116th Legislative District as the fall semester gets underway. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Berwick Area; on Monday, Aug. 30, in Northeast Area; and on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Crestwood and Hazleton Area.

Federal Temporary Unemployment Benefit Programs to End Sept. 4

Aug. 16, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is reminding state residents that federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), will end Saturday, Sept. 4.

A Scam Warning for Veterans

Jun. 28, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is warning veterans to be aware of people trying to poach their pension. Pension pouching is a financial scam targeting veterans, survivors and their families who are potentially eligible for VA benefits.