In this update:
Coronavirus shutting down Capitol Complex, effective today, plus other helpful links & info
As news continues to break as this email is sent to your inbox, I want to ensure you have the most up-to-date AND accurate information when it comes to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As a state legislator, I continually receive briefs from various entities – our federal counterparts, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county and local governments, and our local school districts.
I will continue to post up-to-the-minute updates on my social media feeds (frequent updates can be found on Facebook and Twitter). Since this issue is evolving by the hour, I will not share any information that could change from when I send this to when you read this update.
One thing I will note: The Governor and the Department of General Services have shut down the state Capitol Complex, effective today, to all visitors. If we have a meeting scheduled for next week in the Capitol, we can do it by phone, over Skype or we will reschedule to another date and time.
As this public health emergency continues to change by the day, you can always find the most up-to-date information on my website at SenatorKristin.com with a direct link to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which contains the latest update from the CDC.
Earlier today, Governor Wolf announced at all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will close for 10 business days, effective March 16. You can find more information here.
Survey results show strong opinions during recent telephone town hall event
My latest telephone town hall event featured over 1,450 local residents from across the 28th Senatorial District. I am very grateful for everyone who was able to participate last Monday. In addition to answering 13 specific questions, I also asked participants their opinion on four issues. You can watch the short video below to see a recap of the questions and where local residents stand on the various issues.
There were 30 constituents who did not get to go live due to our time constraints, however, I am calling those individuals back and discussing their issues. I really appreciate the conversations I’ve had to date when making these return phone calls.
Upcoming podcast features Dr. Steve Groff of Groff North America
Industrial hemp is one of the fastest-growing segments within our state’s agriculture industry. I visited Dr. Steve Groff of Groff North America at his local facility to get an update on the past, present and future of industrial hemp in York County and across the Commonwealth. I have helped Dr. Groff on some red tape matters he dealt with on importing hemp seed from Canada.
You can subscribe to my podcast on my website at SenatorKristin.com/podcast. (Instructions on how to subscribe for iOS and Android users are posted there as well.) I will be release the podcast on Monday, March 16.
Later next week, I plan to take viewers on a tour of his facility and his vision for the Red Lion facility. This will kick off my 28 in the 28th series where I aim to visit 28 businesses throughout the 28th District over the year.
It’s your turn – my latest survey asks you the budget hearing questions I raised
I asked questions at every single budget hearing this year and most of those questions came from you – the citizens of the 28th Senatorial District. (You can see all of my questions here.) The feedback has been great, but I thought it would be even better to ask you the questions I asked and get your opinion on a variety of issues.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter. As always, should you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me (yes, you can reply to this email, and yes, I read your emails and respond) or fill out a contact form here.
I’ll leave the survey open for a couple weeks and then share the results.
Congrats to Assistant Chief Chris Jones for 30 years, and Jennie Lehman and Beulah Ness on lifetime service awards at Loganville Fire Company’s annual banquet
Representative Mike Jones (R-York) and I were grateful for the chance to be with so many selfless public servants at the 17th annual Loganville Volunteer Fire Company banquet.
We congratulated Assistant Chief Chris Jones for 30 years of dedicated service to the Fire Company and honored Jennie Lehman and Beulah Ness as they received lifetime service awards for their decades of service in the Auxiliary with citations.
You may have seen the recent news out of Cumberland County, where there was a devastating house fire that claimed the life of a volunteer firefighter who was battling the blaze.
This is a constant reminder that we should always thank the brave men and women who answer that call for us, our neighbors and our community. We will always be thankful for your true public service.
Discussing debate over Games of Skill with RJ Harris on WHP 580
On Tuesday, I spoke with RJ Harris on his radio program on WHP 580 on various state-related issues. If you are interested in listening to our interview in its entirety (and did not wake up at 7:30 a.m. to listen!), you can listen to it here.
Steven R. File of York Suburban state champ at 2020 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
York Suburban High School’s Steven R. File took home the top prize at Pennsylvania’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Steven is the state champion who will now go on to Washington DC to compete in the national contest at the end of April. We wish Steven the best of luck and know he will represent York County and our Commonwealth well!
Read Across America with United Way of York County
This week, I participated in Read Across America with the United Way of York County. I really appreciated the opportunity to read aloud in the early learning classrooms at the York Jewish Community Center!
Reading aloud to children helps develop their language and literacy skills and prepares them for future success in school. It was wonderful to see the children’s enthusiasm for reading at such a young age! In addition to the students, I give a lot of credit to the teachers and parents who have instilled a passion for learning with these bright young minds.
2020 Census – Be counted!
On April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will be counting all residents who live in the United States.
Everyone counts, regardless of age or gender. The census makes note of demographic changes and reports the statistics.
The information is used to determine how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. State officials use the statistics to redraw U.S. congressional and state legislative districts. Census data are also used to decide how $675 billion in federal public funding will be spent every year. Pennsylvania gets $26.8 billion annually through 16 of the largest federally funded programs. That is about $2,000 per Pennsylvanian each year! These numbers may change based on the 2020 Census data so it is important the count is accurate.
Federal funding supports many programs and services for Pennsylvanians, including healthcare, food security, education, transportation, housing, community development, support for families, and more.
Learn more about the 2020 Census, your role as a resident, and explore ideas and downloadable materials you can use to help spread the word about the upcoming census.
Thank you to the York County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees for Q&A on state-related issues
On Monday, I joined York County’s chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees for their monthly luncheon at the Wyndham Garden. I really appreciated the opportunity to talk with so many local residents on issues important to them in their retirement.
Thank you for the hospitality!
Paving project in Wrightsville starts Monday
Starting Monday, March 16, PennDOT’s contractor will begin preparatory work on a project to repair and resurface three roadways in the Wrightsville area; a 0.7-mile section of Route 462 (Hellam Street) from just east of Cool Creek Road to the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Wrightsville Borough, a 1.5-mile section of Cool Creek Road from Mt Pisgah Road in Hellam Township to Route 462, and Route 624 (Hellam Street) from the split with Route 462 to Front Street in Wrightsville.
This may affect traffic over the coming days and weeks. More information can be found here about this project.
You can also view next week’s maintenance schedule for York County below.
Mobile office hours this Thursday in Manchester Township
On Thursday, March 19, I will hold my monthly office hours in Manchester Township at the township building. This is a way to make your state Senate more accessible to you in a cost-effective manner.
Our staff will be willing to answer any state-related concern you may have. No appointment is necessary.
The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes on Monday, March 16 at 1 p.m. for session.
You can find out more about next week’s Senate session by visiting www.SenatorKristin.com/session.