In this update:
State tax reform helps PA job creators, families
The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office recently confirmed that real average hourly earnings – a measure of workers’ pay adjusted for inflation – declined by 3.9% in June.
In addition, the massive, new spending bill enacted in Washington will end up forcing working-class Americans to pay billions of dollars in new taxes, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The pressures on families and job creators, caused by reckless action at the federal level and outdated policy at the state level, are real and mounting.
Boosting wages and providing new income opportunities to Pennsylvanians are the reasons the General Assembly approved sweeping tax reform in July as part of the new state budget. Business operators big and small are telling us these changes will allow them to invest more money in their businesses and workers. Creating a climate for good-paying jobs is vital to supporting families and allowing healthy communities to flourish.
Independent Fiscal Office examines PA school property taxes
The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released a report this week that looks at the outlook of school property tax collections in our state. The report shows historical revenue and growth rates, as well as forecasted growth rates.
You can read the IFO’s report here.
Free webinar on sweeping business tax reform
Tax reforms enacted by the General Assembly are a huge boost for job creators, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is hosting a free webinar to explore the impact on your business.
You’ll learn details about what the changes mean for businesses of all sizes and be able to ask tax experts questions about various provisions in the tax package.
The webinar will take place Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. You can find more information and register here.
Eli Brooks gives back to local community
Spring Grove Regional Parks and Recreation hosted a pop-up event with Spring Grove’s Eli Brooks last Friday. Eli is headed to the Indiana Pacers training camp after a stellar career at University of Michigan. Many of our neighbors showed up and appreciated the fact that this local legend took the time to inspire the next generation of athletes in our community!
Thank you, Eli, for serving as a role model to so many in our community!
St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates 250th anniversary
It was a great honor to join the St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation in worship and celebration of its 250th Anniversary and present a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania to commemorate this remarkable milestone.
Along with the welcoming of the oldest members, sharing of special memories and historical moments, there was a special presentation and a poem for the 250th anniversary celebration entitled, “Legacy of Persistence” about “God’s House in the Wilderness – Stahle’s Church”, and the congregation made new history with a Reunion Choir.
Congratulations to the entire congregation for this remarkable milestone!
Touring York Country Day School
Thank you to Christine Heine, Head of School, and Coni Wolf, a 1966 graduate and a member of the Board of Advisors, as well as the rest of the team at York Country Day School for an informative tour.
It was exciting to see the growth of this institution and ongoing innovation of this school that provides opportunities for students from pre-K to 12th grade.
The school continues to innovate with a focus on workforce development through a state-of-the-art STEM facility, home to the “GearHounds” – the school’s robotics team.
Red Lion Street Fair delights community
The annual Red Lion Street Fair this past Saturday brought out thousands of our neighbors to check out the latest offerings from across our community and our county. I had my mobile office at the event, where I had the great fortune of speaking with our neighbors about various state-related issues.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and picked up any of our brochures of state programs and services!
Banning “Zuckerbucks” keeps our elections a core function of government
Sen. Lisa Baker and I co-wrote an op-ed explaining how Act 88 of 2022 is a major step in the right direction to restoring the integrity of our election process by removing third-party funding from propping up election operations and administration in select counties in the commonwealth.
If you are interested in learning more about our bipartisan efforts, please take a minute to read our op-ed here.
Maxwell Iacono earns Eagle Scout
Congratulations to Maxwell Iacono of Troop 69 in Jacobus on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! It was an honor to present him with a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania in recognition of his significant achievement!
Max, the son of Leonard and Jessica Iacono, constructed an obstacle course for firefighters at Lincoln Station No. 9 of the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services for his Eagle project.
Well done, Max!
Pennsylvania 529 reminder
Families who contribute to their PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) account by Aug. 31 can boost their savings by taking advantage of the fact that many college tuition credit rates are scheduled to increase Sept. 1.
The PA 529 GSP program allows families to save for a future education at today’s cost. Because the effect of tuition inflation is generally applied to PA 529 GSP accounts on Sept. 1, contributions made by Aug. 31 often receive an increase in value the very next day – and the earnings can be used as soon as the summer semester of the next calendar year. If used the following fall semester, two years of tuition inflation benefits would be available.
Before new PA 529 GSP credit rates take effect for the 2022-23 school year, families may compare PA 529 GSP credit rates at popular levels.
More than 400 vehicles available at state auction
Nearly 440 used vehicles will be up for public purchase at the latest Commonwealth Vehicle Auction taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania, 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville, Dauphin County.
In-person preview of vehicles is open from this Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21. Pre-registration is mandatory and must be completed on or before Sunday at 4 p.m.
This auction will feature several vehicles seized by state law enforcement agencies including: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, 2011 BMW X5, 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, 2011 Jaguar XF and more.
Other vehicles include a variety of 4-wheel drive SUVs, utility vehicles and pickup trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Jeep as well as front- and all-wheel drive sedans and mini-vans. Buyers must purchase with certified funds in the form of money order, cashier’s check or certified check. No cash will be accepted.
Who pays? Take my latest legislative survey on electric vehicle charging stations
If you are interested in weighing in on my latest survey and learning more about the issue of subsidized electric vehicle charging stations, please visit my survey website.
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.
In addition to the above list, PennDOT will have nighttime restrictions on I-83 at the Queen Street Bridge. PennDOT will be performing measurements on the bridge (for future repairs) on Monday, Aug. 22, and Tuesday, Aug. 23, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Please use caution as you travel through this stretch of I-83.