In this update:
Survey says: EV charging stations should be built with private funds; not taxpayers or ratepayers
My latest legislative survey sought input on proposals at the state and federal levels on electric vehicle charging stations and whether taxpayers and/or electric utility ratepayers should subsidize this industry.
The overwhelming response I received showed strong opposition to this concept. Below is a breakdown of the feedback our neighbors submitted:
Total survey responses from citizens of the 28th Senatorial District: 1,050
I support taxpayer/ratepayer-subsidized EV charging stations. 140 (13.3%)
I oppose taxpayer/ratepayer-subsidized EV charging stations. 870 (82.9%)
I am undecided about taxpayer/ratepayer-subsidized EV charging stations. 40 (3.8%)
Thank you to everyone who took time to share detailed comments with solutions and opinions on this important matter. Stay tuned for my next legislative survey.
Help available to move students from schools to employment
State assistance is available to develop and improve partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations for pre-apprenticeship and training pathways for students.
Successful project applications should create career opportunities that lessen the gap between high school and employment or post-secondary education through the use of pre-apprenticeships.
Applicants must be registered with the department as a pre-apprenticeship program and be connected to a registered apprenticeship program that will be responsible for administering and operating a pre-apprenticeship program. Additional details and the grant application for the Schools-to-Work grants can be found here. Applications are due by Oct. 12.
Remembering Sept. 11
Thank you to our strong and dedicated veterans’ groups that came together this past weekend to forever honor and remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company hosted its Car Show and Food Truck this past Friday! The event featured live music, great food, amazing cars and a very special tribute for 9/11.
On Sunday morning, Rick and I joined Aimee Jo Morris and the volunteers from Glenn Hope Care Farm for their 9/11 Heroes’ Remembrance Breakfast at the New Bridgeville Memorial Fire Company.
It was an honor to gather with veterans, first responders, and community members to remember our fallen heroes.
Thanks to all of the volunteers and community members who made it all possible to ensure we Never Forget 9/11! I am proud to work on bipartisan legislation that will provide model curriculum to assist our schools to provide instruction about the events of that fateful day. The Senate Education Committee plans to take up this legislation next week.
Public comments accepted on 2022 State Water Plan
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the draft 2022 Pennsylvania State Water Plan identifying regional and statewide water resources priorities and recommending statewide and legislative actions. Pennsylvanians are invited to review the draft plan and provide comments on it.
As required by the state Water Resources Planning Act of 2002, DEP collaborates with regional committees and a statewide committee to prepare the plan. It covers water availability, infrastructure, water resource protection and other topics.
Comments can be made online or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be mailed to the DEP Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105. All comments must include the commenter’s name and address. The deadline for comments is Sept. 19.
Report outlines future of 9-1-1 service in PA
The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee heard testimony and received a report about next generation 9-1-1 service for Pennsylvanians. As I noted in my comments, when a resident dials 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, there is an expectation that someone always answers.
The report was issued in response to Senate Resolution 96, which was authored since the state’s 9-1-1 law expires in January of 2024. The report included a review of our state’s 9-1-1 System, inventory reports, county public safety answering point operations, financial implications, as well as how other states handle this program.
You can read the full report and learn more here.
Thank you to the men and women who keep America running – our truck drivers
This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. These one million professional men and women keep the American economy moving by delivering our goods safely, securely and on time. Thank you for your commitment and hard work, especially over these last few years!
Celebrating our enduring Constitution
On Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It recognizes that we are born with rights that government did not grant and cannot take away. Every legislator takes an oath to support, obey and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution.
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.
The Senate of Pennsylvania will convene on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. You can watch all of the Senate votes and view our agenda here.
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