Aug. 23, 2019

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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


The Landingville Dam is NOT Closing!

 
On Aug. 8, the Pottsville Republican Herald published a story that included statements from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell that the Landingville Dam located in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, is going to be closed.

I was unaware of the supposed closure until I read the news article. Constituents in my district called my office to voice their displeasure over the decision.

We contacted DEP and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission with a request for more information, and the timeline on the removal of the dam.

It was later determined that the statements made by DEP were misreported and that they will NOT be removing the Landingville Dam. As your state representative, I want to make sure that we clarified this issue to concerned community members as soon as possible.

A retraction statement by DEP will follow in the near future.
                                                 

Sixth Annual Senior Expo Sept. 6

More than 35 exhibitors have registered to participate in my sixth annual Senior Expo, set for Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine Gove Hook and Ladder Fire Company.

Representatives from the attorney general’s office will be providing a presentation on opiates: what is an opiate, proper communication, storage and disposal. The Schuylkill County Sheriff’s office will also be in attendance.

This free event will feature door prizes, health screenings and lunch. For more information, contact my Schuylkill Haven district office at 570-385-8235.
 

Save for Higher Education with State 529 Plan

 
For families looking to plan for higher education, the Pennsylvania Treasury offers two savings programs: the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP), in which growth is tied to the rate of tuition inflation, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP), in which investment returns are determined by financial markets.

Contributions to PA 529 plans are deductible from Pennsylvania income taxes, grow tax free, and, when used for qualified educational expenses, are federal and state tax exempt. Both plans provide flexibility to pay for higher education expenses at most higher education institutions across the country, including colleges and universities, as well as many technical and career schools. The money may also be used to pay for tuition expenses up to $10,000 at elementary or secondary public, private or religious schools.

The PA 529 GSP is offering free enrollment – a $50 savings – for all new accounts opened before Aug. 31. Sign up at PA529.com and use code “SUMMERGSP” when prompted.

Information about both programs is available here
 

New Ag Grant Programs Accepting Applications

 
Two new grant programs established as part of the 2019-20 state budget to help grow our Commonwealth’s agriculture industry are now accepting applications.

The Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program will provide funding up to $50,000 to meat processing businesses with annual sales of less than $2.5 million and fewer than 10 employees. The goal of the program is to increase the supply of locally produced meat products for local consumption. The funding is to be used to help small processors meet federal inspection and certification requirements.

The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program will provide microgrants of up to $2,500 or collaboration grants of up to $50,000 for projects to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources and support for community development efforts.

Both programs are now accepting online applications here.

The deadline to apply for the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is Friday, Sept. 6. The deadline to apply for the Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program is Monday, Sept. 30.

More information is available at agriculture.pa.gov.
 

Seeking Investigation of PA’s Parole Process

Responding to a series of murders committed by people recently paroled from the state prison system, the House Judiciary Committee is calling for an investigation of the state’s parole procedures by Inspector General Bruce Beemer.

While the Department of Corrections is rightfully conducting an internal review of these cases to determine if improvements can be made to prevent such tragedies, it is also vital to conduct an independent investigation to ensure every effort is being made to protect public safety.

In a letter to the inspector general, Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) pointed to the stabbing deaths of three children and a woman, the strangulation parolees as evidence of the need for an investigation.
 

Savings Program to Support People with Disabilities Experiences Rapid Growth

A state program designed to help people with qualified disabilities save for future disability-related expenses has more than doubled its assets in just one year, reflecting the high level of popularity and need for this savings option.

PA ABLE provides a tax-advantaged way for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families to save.

Participation does not jeopardize access to state and federal programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (savings up to $100,000) and Medical Assistance. But it does allow for savings to be used to pay for any qualified disability-related expense including housing, education, health care and assistive technology to improve quality of life.

Administered by the State Treasury, the program has more than $18.4 million in assets, up from $8.6 million in July 2018. More than 2,500 PA ABLE accounts have been opened since the program was launched in 2017.

For more information, visit PAABLE.gov or call 1-855-529-ABLE (2253).
 
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