In this update:
To subsidize or not to subsidize EV charging stations? Weigh in on my latest survey
My latest legislative survey looks at ongoing efforts at all levels of government to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Specifically, as you can see in some of the background I provide on my survey website, there are measures that use taxpayer dollars to build these EV charging stations throughout the country and across the Commonwealth.
What do you think? Should these EV charging stations be subsidized by your tax dollars and/or through a portion of your electric bill? Please let me know by taking my survey here. And please feel free to leave a comment in the comment box about your decision on the matter. I look forward to sharing the results with you in the coming weeks.
Congrats to Firefighters Assoc. of York for 110th annual convention
Congratulations to the Firefighters Association of York County on the successful completion of its 110th Annual Convention hosted this year by the York County Fire School!
It was an honor to present citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania to Senior Firefighter of the Year, Mike Golden from Airville Volunteer Fire Company; Fire Policeman of the Year, Anthony Fisher of Union Fire Company No. 1 – Manchester, PA York County Station 23; Junior Firefighter of the Year, Morgan Arnold of Southern Area Fire and Emergency Rescue – SAFER in Dallastown; and Fire Company Support Person of the Year, James Schroyer of the West Manchester Township Fire Department. It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers in the York County Fire Service!
It was very informative listening to guest speaker Jim Derstine, who is a retired government fire chief, a retired civilian fire chief, and a collector of fire engines and memorabilia, as he shared his experience running fire departments all around the world.
Finally, kudos to the Old Fire Farts of York County for awarding three first responder scholarships to the next generation who will keep York County safe for decades to come!
You can view more photos from the event here.
Education improvements enacted by the General Assembly
Last month, the legislature enacted several provisions as part of the Education Code amendments aimed at improving education and educational outcomes in Pennsylvania.
One problem we addressed was the teacher shortage faced by schools across the commonwealth. (You can scroll in this email update to see all of the vacancies at our local school districts.)
We took the first steps toward attracting more quality educators by streamlining the process for out-of-state teachers to receive certification in Pennsylvania. This critical provision will help get teachers who move to Pennsylvania into the classrooms quicker without any unnecessary delays due to red tape.
Additionally, we extended continuing education requirements to ensure good educators aren’t taken out of the classroom when we need them most. We also created a new Committee on Education Talent Recruitment that will provide grants and other resources to ensure we get the best and brightest teachers in front of students.
With statewide graduation requirements going into effect this school year, the reforms also included a provision to create an alternative graduation pathway for students impacted by COVID-19. In addition, we expanded dual enrollment so more high school students can enroll in higher education classes. This offers more young people a chance to earn college credits before high school graduation, better preparing them for college and allowing them to reduce the total cost of earning a degree.
Supporting education also means encouraging new learning options, no matter where the instruction takes place. Record new funding for the state’s popular Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program will ensure more kids can learn in an environment that suits their unique educational needs, including both public and private schools.
Finally, the General Assembly acted to eliminate onerous regulations that would have shuttered many quality charter schools. These actions will help ensure Pennsylvania’s children have the educational foundation needed to thrive.
School buses are back on the roads – please watch for children
With children returning to school, it’s a good time to revisit the state school bus stopping law.
The penalties if convicted of violating the law include a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension. For your sake and that of students and school employees, please be careful around school buses.
York County Conservation District names annual award recipients
Happy to join the York County Conservation District for its Annual Conservation Awards Picnic at Rocky Ridge Park!
I presented congratulatory citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania to this year’s award recipients and thanked them for their significant contributions to York County.
This year’s award recipients include:
Outstanding Partnering Organization – Codorus Trout Unlimited
Outstanding Partnering Organization – Muddy Creek Trout Unlimited #575
Outstanding Conservation Volunteer – Karen Ward
You can view more photos from the event here.
PennDOT jobs available for CDL drivers
The Department of Transportation is hiring Winter CDL Equipment Operators. The job involves operating highway construction and maintenance equipment to perform snow removal duties and related tasks.
This is a seasonal position lasting from September through April, but there are frequent opportunities for promotion that include good benefits and career advancement.
Winter CDL Equipment Operators earn $18.53 to $20.49 per hour, based on location. To see counties where you might be interested in working, view PennDOT’s District map. Watch this video to learn more about this position.
PA ABLE helps Pennsylvanians with disabilities
PA ABLE is a savings program that helps to provide increased financial independence for Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Since being created by the General Assembly five years ago, the program has helped nearly 7,000 Pennsylvanians and their families save more than $71 million.
PA ABLE accounts allow individuals and families to save without affecting eligibility for means-tested federal benefits – and they offer tax advantages. Growth in PA ABLE accounts is tax-deferred, and withdrawals are tax-free when used for qualified disability expenses – which can include day-to-day things like groceries or rent, or larger, more long-term expenses such as assistive technology or vehicle modifications.
Eligible Pennsylvanians can open a PA ABLE account and choose from investment options or an interest-bearing checking account to best meet their savings goals. PA ABLE is administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. To learn about program eligibility and how to open a PA ABLE account, visit paable.gov or call 855-529-2253.
School districts around 28th District hiring
As school districts start a new school year, I thought it would be helpful for our community to see what job and career opportunities are available at every school district in the 28th Senatorial District.
You can access the full list of job openings by school district here.
Local job postings
PA CareerLink shared with me its latest list of local job openings (16 pages of job openings, some include sign on bonuses in excess of $1,000), which you can view here. You can also find job postings shared with the York County Economic Alliance here.
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.
Happy National Dog Day
Our four-legged family members have their day to shine today as it is National Dog Day. Below is a photo of all of the dogs who call members of the 28th Senatorial District Office team their family.
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