In this update:
Let me know what you think of the governor’s budget proposal in my latest survey
My latest survey seeks YOUR input and feedback on the governor’s latest budget proposal.
As you may know, the governor unveiled his latest spending proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021.
As always, I value your input and feedback.
Send in the Guard – Bill to require National Guard to assist in vaccine distribution wins unanimous support in Senate
The Senate unanimously approved legislation to allow the National Guard to operate under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Human Services to help collect, secure and transport doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, National Guard members who have the necessary training would be permitted to administer the vaccine upon request.
The administration’s failed unilateral rollout of the vaccine has further demonstrated that its go-it-alone approach has not worked. The unanimous support of this legislation shows people on both sides of the aisle are frustrated and seeking to be part of the solution.
As I pointed out last week, an ABC27 investigation found that Pennsylvania lags behind our neighboring states at distributing the vaccine to our eligible (individuals in Phase 1A) population.
I discussed the matter with Michael Gorsegner of CBS-21 yesterday, which you can watch here.
Learn more about this legislation here.
Governor Wolf wants to toll bridges across PA – what do you think?
Over the last several days, I have received (and responded to) many concerns over PennDOT’s latest plan to toll several bridges across the Commonwealth.
While none of the bridges are located in the 28th Senatorial District, I have heard from several of our neighbors who travel across the I-83 south bridge over the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg.
When I wrote to you last week, I indicated that prior to my taking office, the legislature and then Governor Corbett approved a law to put our Commonwealth gasoline tax among the highest in the nation. This was supposed to fund infrastructure projects across the state. That gas tax has not lived up to expectations for a myriad of reasons (State Police funding, fewer people driving during pandemic, fuel efficient/electric vehicles not paying gas tax), so the Wolf Administration is turning to tolling bridges across the state to make up the revenue.
What do you think of this plan? Let me know by taking my survey on the issue here.
Senate approves bill to help volunteer fire companies, rescue organizations
The state’s Dog Law currently exempts state police and local police K-9 units from having to pay the licensing fees, as well as service dogs used by individuals who have certain medical conditions. My bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday, would also exempt service dogs and their handlers from paying for licensing fees if those canines are used by the Sheriffs’ offices, fire departments and/or for rescue or emergency medical services missions.
The pandemic has put a major financial strain on these associations. Exempting these organizations from paying this existing fee can play a small part in providing much-needed assistance to these entities today and in the years to come.
You can learn more about my legislation here.
Local jobs from PA CareerLink
Many of our neighbors are without work through no fault of their own. I reached out to PA CareerLink to see how I can best share information with you about local job opportunities available in our community. Below is their latest job listing. You can also find job postings shared with the York County Economic Alliance here.
Census delays – how could this impact reapportionment?
The Senate and House State Government Committees held a joint public hearing this week to learn about delays in the completion of the U.S. Census and the challenges it poses for the Commonwealth completing the decennial process of Congressional and legislative reapportionment.
You can watch the questions I asked at the public hearing below.
You can watch the hearing in its entirety and learn more here.
Coming soon: Video tour of the York County SPCA
Last week, I said I would share a video tour of the York County SPCA with you this week. I apologize, but will have the behind-the-scenes tour to you next week.
In the interim, I really appreciate your feedback and input you provided me about legislation I introduced at an event at the York County SPCA last week to end inhumane puppy mills in Pennsylvania.
You can read more about this proposal here.
Outlining Senate Communications and Technology Committee agenda in new session
Senator Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery/Berks/Lehigh) and I sat down earlier this week to review the agenda for the Senate Communications and Technology Committee. Senator Mensch was recently appointed to the committee and brings a unique background with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
You can watch our conversation below.
Rabbit Transit assisting with getting residents to vaccination clinics
Rabbit Transit is providing free rides to local residents to get to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments. You can learn more in their flyer they shared with me below.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
If you reside or travel through Chanceford Township, please be advised that PennDOT and their contractor will be replacing a local bridge. The project is located between Rockey Road and New Bridgeville Road. Work includes replacing the existing structure with a box culvert, minor roadway approach reconstruction, erosion and sediment control, guiderail placement, and other miscellaneous construction.
An approximately 90-day detour will be in place using Route 74 and Craley Road (Route 2037).
You can learn more here.
In addition to that project, PennDOT shared with me their list of upcoming scheduled maintenance projects, which you can view below.
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