Senator Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Mobile Office Returns to Springettsbury with Expanded Assistance on Property Tax Rent Rebate Program
  • Conversation with Recently Appointed President of Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Last Call: Submit Public Comment regarding Proposed Pumped Storage Facility by April 1
  • Local Cub Scout Awarded with Supernova Award
  • Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care
  • Bringing a “Rockin Good Time” To York
  • Are You or Someone You Know a Female Veteran in Pennsylvania?
  • Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety
  • Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians
  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8
  • Happy Easter to You and Your Family
  • Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects

Mobile Office Returns to Springettsbury with Expanded Assistance on Property Tax Rent Rebate Program

My team will be stationed at the York Area United Fire Station next Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to provide assistance across a spectrum of state services.

One of those services is assisting with the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program! Last year, I was proud to support significant income changes to the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. These changes are expected to open doors for nearly 175,000 additional Pennsylvania seniors, making the program more accessible and beneficial than ever before.

Are you curious if you qualify under the new parameters? Check your eligibility here, note that only half of your social security income counts towards your income. Please do not hesitate to visit my team during our mobile office hours at the fire station. The team will be equipped with additional staff members specifically trained to assist with the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. We’re here to guide you through the process, check your eligibility, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the benefits available to you through the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. We are committed to helping you access the resources you deserve.

Dates and Times:
April 4
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

York Area United Fire & Rescue Station
50 Commons Drive, York, PA 17402   

For more information and updates, feel free to visit us during mobile office hours or reach out to the district office. My team and I are here to serve you!

Conversation with Recently Appointed President of Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I was thrilled to have a conversation with Sarah Messer, the newly appointed president of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce!

Join Sarah and I as we delve into topics, including Sarah’s journey, her vision for the Chamber, and her plans to foster growth and prosperity within the Hanover community.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

Last Call: Submit Public Comment regarding Proposed Pumped Storage Facility by April 1

The public has the opportunity to weigh in with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the proposed pumped storage facility in Chanceford Township. The public comment period ends April 1.

If you have not done so already and have an opinion, please take a few minutes to share your comments with FERC. To learn how to file comments, please visit the Lancaster Conservancy’s website here.

Learn about the impact of this project by listening to my conversation with Mark Platts, president of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or in your web browser.

Local Cub Scout Awarded with Supernova Award 

This week marked a truly special occasion as Luke Busha of Cub Scout Pack 94 was honored with the prestigious Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award. This accolade celebrates Luke’s remarkable dedication to science and engineering within the realms of STEM.

Luke’s journey embodies the spirit of perseverance and passion, qualities that are truly commendable. His family, friends, troop leaders, and pack members all join in celebrating this well-deserved achievement. Luke, your hard work has not gone unnoticed, and we are all immensely proud of your accomplishments.

During the troop meeting, it was my pleasure to engage in discussions about my role as a state senator. Interacting with young minds like Luke’s fills me with hope and optimism for the future of our community.

Congratulations once again, Luke, and may you continue to shine bright in all your future endeavors. You can find more photos from the event on my Facebook.

Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate and moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 559 and Senate Bill 560 would allow athletic trainers to deliver a wider scope of health care services to more individuals.

The bills would permit athletic trainers to practice specific invasive procedures under a written protocol with a licensed physician. Some of the procedures include medication injections, blister and nail care, administration of Naloxone and any other procedures authorized by the State Board of Medicine.

Bringing a “Rockin’ Good Time” To York 

It was a pleasure to join School of Rock York during its grand opening and ribbon cutting! The School of Rock in York proudly serves the York County community with a revolutionary music education approach, while York County boasts a vibrant music scene, with bands like Live and Halestorm originating from the area!

At School of Rock York, students have the opportunity to learn from expert instructors and explore their musical passions. Its unique approach combines one-on-one instruction with band practices, allowing students to develop their skills while jamming with friends.

This hands-on experience instills confidence and empowers students to unleash their inner rock star and they regularly showcase their talents at local community events and venues, adding to the vibrant music culture of our community!

You can find more photos from the grand opening here and more information on the business here. Here’s to a future filled with harmony, creativity, and the joy of music!

Are You or Someone You Know a Female Veteran in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is set to pay tribute to the remarkable women who have served in our armed forces. Female Veterans and their family members are warmly invited to participate in a special ceremony at the state Capitol on June 10, commencing at noon.

Prepare to be inspired by an engaging exhibit spotlighting the photographs and biographies of Pennsylvania’s women Veterans. This event offers a unique opportunity to commemorate their invaluable contributions and selfless sacrifices.

If you’re interested, register and upload any relevant material by April 5. 

This ceremony continues the tradition of the inaugural Women Veterans Day Capitol exhibit, which premiered in 2023. Thanks to recent legislation, Pennsylvania now annually observes Women Veterans Day on June 12.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue myPATH site is a free resource all Pennsylvanians can use.

Using the website, residents can file their PA personal income taxes, make a payment and check the status of their refund. There is also an option to verify your tax refund to expedite processing.

Anyone who needs some extra help using myPATH can access video tutorials explaining how to create a profile, file a personal income tax return and use a smart device to access myPATH.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

On Monday, April 8, the continental United States will experience its last total solar eclipse until 2044. As it travels from the southwest to the northeast, the eclipse will cross through a portion of northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie, Crawford, Warren and Mercer counties. For nearly four minutes around 2:30 p.m., the afternoon sky will go dark. The sun will slowly reemerge, and by 4:30 p.m., it will be as if nothing happened.

While Southern York County does not lie in the direct path, we will be experiencing 85-90% of the eclipse, so there will be excellent viewing, weather permitting, even outside the path of totality. Before the total solar eclipse, many state parks have free eclipse educational programs.

To safely view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye, through an unfiltered camera lens or with any kind of standard sunglasses. Find more information about safety and what to expect here.

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we prepare to celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by those you hold most dear. Happy Easter!

Please note, my offices will be closed Friday, March 29, for the Good Friday. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, April 1, at 9 a.m. 

Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects   

Most weeks, PennDOT shares with me its maintenance schedule for the week ahead. When it becomes available, you can view the full list here to see if it will impact you and your family.


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