In this update:
Addressing a tax loophole hurting employees who live in PA and work in MD
I recently introduced legislation that seeks to extend temporary regulations that were in place during the pandemic. Specifically, I have heard from several of our neighbors who work south of the Mason Dixon line for companies that would like to allow employees have a hybrid work arrangement where they have the option to work from home as well as in-person.
Many employees (and employers) invested in capabilities to provide for a flexible workforce. Several companies based in Maryland allow employees to work from home less than half the year, with the other half spent in an office setting. However, Pennsylvania’s tax law triggers one of the highest taxes in the country for these companies if a Pennsylvania resident works from home.
My bill would change that and would eliminate the tax trigger of the state’s Corporate Net Income Tax for employees if they work from home less than half the year.
I recently spoke to a reporter with the Center Square on the matter. I am also grateful that the Tax Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on tax policy, said that my bill “is a positive step forward for Pennsylvania and something other states will need to look at.”
September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ensure that our homes, businesses and possessions are adequately insured.
September is also when Pennsylvania experiences a higher risk of flooding due to hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Northeast this time of year. The state Insurance Department encourages property owners to consider purchasing flood insurance.
Simple, low- or no-cost steps you can take now to prepare for emergencies include:
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency can help you prepare for emergencies through Ready, Set, and Check! It includes an informative card that will help you with simple, yet important, steps to get started and track your progress.
Thank you to Jefferson Firearms for educating about importance of gun safety
I recently attended a customer appreciation event at Jefferson Firearms in Spring Grove. The day featured several speakers and seminars to teach the importance of gun safety and gun ownership in Pennsylvania. I am grateful for those organizers who hosted the event to keep gun-owners better informed and educated on gun safety measures.
Virtual town hall to focus on transportation issues veterans face
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the fourth in a five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. The town hall will focus on resources to assist veterans facing transportation issues.
Attendees can participate by using this Microsoft Teams link. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program through the chat feature.
Older veterans and those with a disability often have problems accessing health care because of not having proper transportation available to them. The town hall will outline community resources ready to provide veterans with transportation to and from the federal VA and other health care providers.
If you are interested in receiving updates specific to veteran issues from me as information and programs are available, please sign up for my Veterans Update here.
Celebrating grand opening of Quatro
International gymnastics and athletic apparel company Quatro selected York as the location of its North American Headquarters! It was wonderful to join Quatro’s President, Kelly Miller McKeown, who grew up in Seven Valleys, graduated from Spring Grove, and brought this business to the New York Wire Works in Downtown York to celebrate their grand opening!
Miss Pennsylvania and Miss Pennsylvania Teen were on hand as well!
You can learn more here.
Local job postings
PA CareerLink shared with me its latest list of local job openings, which you can view here. You can also find job postings shared with the York County Economic Alliance here. You can also access all school district job openings across the 28th Senatorial District here.
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.
Market Street Bridge in Springettsbury and Spring Garden townships to close later this month
PennDOT plans to close the Route 462 (Market Street) Bridge over Mill Creek in Springettsbury and Spring Garden townships at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The department estimates the bridge closure will last until early November.
You can learn more about this project here.
Last call: My latest survey on taxpayer-funded EV charging stations
If you have not already weighed in on my legislative survey on electric vehicle charging stations, please take a minute and share your opinion with me here. I will share the results of this survey next week.