Dec. 22, 2023

Capitol Report
The latest news from the State Capitol
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Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Yours

I would like to extend the warmest holiday wishes to you and your family. May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer.

My district office hours may be limited due to the holidays. Please call ahead to be sure my offices are open.

Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 25, for Christmas; and Saturday, Dec. 30, and Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, for New Year’s Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Grant Dollars Invested in Local Projects

Earlier this week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) met to approve grants for needed infrastructure projects across the state. I am glad to announce that grants were awarded to the following projects in the 87th District:

  •   Upper Allen Township: Lisburn Road Trunk Sanitary Sewer Project, $1 million.
  •   South Middleton Township Municipal Authority: Well No. 1 Water Tank Construction Project, $1,750,000.
  •   Mount Holly Springs Borough: Water Main Rehabilitation, $390,595.

It is always exciting to see investments being made in our community. I was glad to help advocate for the awards for these projects which will serve current and future residents of these growing municipalities.

Cumberland County Swears in New Elected Officials

On Monday, I had the opportunity to congratulate our new Cumberland County elected officials at their swearing-in in Carlisle. Congratulations to all the commissioners, magisterial district judges and row officers on their election to serve the county we call home.

Thanks for Attending My Open House!

My team and I had a great evening chatting with you at my Legislative Open House on Tuesday! Thank you to all who came out to the district office to spend some time discussing the latest in legislative news. We look forward to seeing you again in 2024.

New Law Will Foster School Dual Enrollment Programs

Recognizing the educational and financial benefits of dual enrollment programs, I was pleased to support a new law that will remove a potential barrier to the programs that allow students to enroll in college-level classes while still in high school.  

Act 52 of 2023 eliminates the requirement that students in dual enrollment programs are removed from their school’s average daily membership. A reduction in a school’s average daily membership negatively impacts the amount of state funding it receives, thus serving as a disincentive for offering dual enrollment.

Allowing high school students to take college-level courses advances their educational opportunities and ultimately reduces the cost of their college education. The law takes effect immediately.
Scam Alert!

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity is warning residents of a new scam involving false promises of a state grant and fraudulent requests to pay taxes using gift cards.

In this scam, unsuspecting residents receive a call, an email and/or a letter claiming to be from the Pennsylvania Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve Bank, fraudulently indicating the recipient will be awarded grant money but first must pay taxes. In at least one case, the recipient was told to make the supposed tax payments with gift cards.

Treasury does not announce grant awards, and it does not collect taxes. In addition, Treasury will never request a payment be made with a gift card, and neither will any other legitimate government agency.

In one case, an elderly Indiana County resident was initially contacted by telephone and told he would receive a $25,500 grant from the state but had to pay thousands of dollars in taxes first, using gift cards. He purchased the cards, called the scammer back and provided the information needed to access the gift cards. This happened multiple times.

Treasury has provided information about this scam to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam or attempted scam should immediately report it to the Federal Trade Commission, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and their local law enforcement agency.

If you or anyone you know has received suspicious correspondence claiming to be from the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, please contact Treasury here or by calling 717-787-2465.