Voters Reminded of New Mail-in Voting Options

Mar. 23, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Pennsylvania voters are reminded that if they have concerns about coronavirus and wish not to vote in their polling place during the April 28 primary election, they can instead request a mail-in ballot, the Commonwealth’s new voting option that allows voters to vote by mail without having to provide a reason.

Hazleton Synagogue Awarded State Security Grant, Says Toohil

Mar. 19, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Agudas Israel Congregation in Hazleton has been awarded a state security grant, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who helped to secure the funding. The funding was made available through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

PHEAA Offers New Student Loan Refinance Option

Mar. 16, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) recently announced an expansion of its PA Forward Student Loan Program, offering borrowers a more streamlined way to manage their debt by combining all their federal and private student loans into a single monthly payment.

Toohil to Host Opioid and Drug Awareness Event on March 25

Mar. 09, 2020 /

HAZLETON – In an effort to help inform families about the dangers of drug abuse, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is hosting an Opioid and Drug Awareness Event on Wednesday, March 25, that will include a panel discussion with experts on the issue.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Now Available

Feb. 10, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Application forms for the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available at my district office for eligible seniors and people with disabilities to begin claiming rebates for property taxes or rent payments they made last year.

Reforms Proposed for State System Universities

Jan. 29, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Last week in Harrisburg, a group of legislators joined officials with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in calling for a series of reforms aimed at updating and improving operations within the system. A package of bills was introduced in the House of Representatives that would implement the changes.

Combatting Human Trafficking in Pennsylvania

Jan. 21, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Pennsylvania is ranked 10th in the nation for human trafficking, and according to the latest report from 2018, 621 human victims were identified, along with 215 traffickers and 101 trafficking businesses. The numbers are troubling and continue to grow.

Beware of Advance Fee Scams

Dec. 09, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

December is the busiest time of year for shopping, and the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities is urging the public to be aware of criminals that gain a victim’s trust and then steal their money.