In this Update:
Join Me for a Telephone Town Hall
I plan to host a telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., so you can learn and ask questions about our state government from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
I realize it can be difficult for busy families, workers, small business owners and other residents to attend town hall meetings. That is why I am bringing the town hall meeting to you.
At the time of the event, you will receive a telephone call from me inviting you to participate. Simply stay on the line and you will be connected to the call, where you will receive information and updates about recent actions taken by our state government in Harrisburg. You also will hear about important issues in our district and local communities.
You and other participants also will be able to ask me questions and receive answers about state government issues, laws and policies.
If you would like to participate in my telephone town hall, please visit my website and provide your contact information.
Senior Health and Wellness Event Oct. 19
Senior citizens, their caretakers and family members are invited to join me for a Senior Health and Wellness Event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove.
Northumberland County Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting
I attended the Northumberland County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting this week in Sunbury. Along with discussions about agricultural issues that are important to local farmers, I had the pleasure of congratulating Morgan Clemens for being awarded a scholarship from the Northumberland County Farm Bureau. I wish Morgan continued success as she pursues a higher education.
PA Secretary of Education Visits Milton School District
Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Khalid Mumin (right) and I along with state Reps. Michael Stender (left) and Jamie Flick (second from left) visited Milton School District this week to meet with staff and students and discuss important education issues in our communities and across the commonwealth.
Remembering Sept. 11, 2001
A member of my staff and I attended ceremonies in Danville and Shamokin to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. These tributes reminded us of the lives in those tragic attacks and the heroism displayed by first responders in the face of unimaginable adversity. That day brought together the people in our nation like never before. Americans rose to the occasion to support rescue and relief efforts for those affected by the tragedy. We are committed to remembering the victims who perished in these attacks and the heroic first responders who risked their own lives to save others.
Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position
Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed Pennsylvania’s current bond rating and revised the state’s financial outlook from stable to positive.
As part of its decision to upgrade the commonwealth’s status, Moody’s commended the amount of money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Bolstering our financial safety net has been a top priority in the past three years, and it is encouraging to see those efforts translate to real results.
Because of hard decisions made by Senate Republicans to resist the urge to spend billions and instead embrace smarter budgeting approaches, Pennsylvania’s financial position has improved.
Preparing for Election Day
In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, it’s a great time to prepare for Election Day on Nov. 7. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, you can also double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.
Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You have to be a registered voter to submit an application.
If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are necessary to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.
Free Support Available to Military Members
As a reminder for Suicide Prevention Month, veterans in crisis can call the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line. It serves veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them.
A caring, qualified responder is available to provide confidential support and connect callers with resources 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call 988 and then press 1 or chat online.
Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants
Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit an application for the 2023-24 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.
Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 for fire companies and $15,000 for volunteer ambulance services – increased this year because of legislation supported by Senate Republicans.
Find more information and apply online here by Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.
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