Feb. 16, 2024

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Grant Awarded to Cumberland Perry CTC

The Cumberland Perry Area Career and Technical Center (CTC) was awarded a $60,000 state Competitive Equipment Grant that will enhance learning opportunities for current and future students.

Careers in the trades are hugely important to our economy, and it’s critical we provide prospective tradesmen and women with every tool available to learn and train using the newest equipment available. I am excited students in my district may now have access to cutting-edge equipment to prepare for high-demand, high-paying careers in the trades because the school will be able to purchase new equipment with this grant. It’s great to see access to new opportunities being unlocked for our local students!

Supporting Our Local Fire, EMS Agencies

Nine fire and emergency response organizations in the 87th District were awarded funding through the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.

• Citizens Fire Co. No. 1 of Mount Holly Springs, $28,979.
• Lisburn Community Fire Company, $14,61.
• Lower Allen Township EMS, $15,000.
• Lower Allen Township Fire Department, $16,368.
• Monroe Fire Co., $16,951.
• Silver Spring Ambulance and Rescue Association, $15,000.
• Silver Spring Community Fire Co., $16,173.
• Upper Allen Township Fire Department, $13,061.
• Yellow Breeches EMS, $15,000.

Firefighters and EMS personnel are invaluable members of our community, and they work hard every day to protect the places we call home. Many of these companies are run by volunteers. This grant program is one way we can show our gratitude to our first responders, while equipping them with the funds they need to do their job safely and effectively.

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OSFC by July 1 to receive their grants.

87th District Spotlight: Stamy Farms

This week, the 87th District Spotlight shines on Stamy Farms in Monroe Township! I had the privilege of speaking with Ian Stamy to learn more about how he processes corn and soybeans for local production. He also highlighted the importance of farmland preservation efforts, so we can sustain important family operations like his for generations to come. Watch the video below to learn more.

Click here to view video.
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Dedication of the Jerome Guise Memorial Bridge


Toast with Thomas

Document Shredding Event

Digging into the Details: Budget Hearings Begin Tuesday

Following the budget proposal offered by Gov. Josh Shapiro earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee will begin the process of dissecting the plan at budget hearings starting next week.

On Tuesday, we will take testimony from the Department of Community and Economic Development beginning at 10 a.m. and from the Department of Revenue at 1 p.m.

Other agencies slated to testify next week include the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and the departments of Aging, Agriculture and Corrections. I look forward to digging into the details of our state budget and working toward a more responsible spending plan for Pennsylvania’s future as a member of this committee.

The budget hearings will be streamed live at www.PAHouseGOP.com.

For a full schedule, click here.
Getting Government Out of the Way of Business Creation

State House Republicans unveiled our Main Street Entrepreneurship Initiative this week in recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week, which concludes this Saturday, Feb. 17.

To help encourage people to create and grow new business in the Commonwealth, the initiative would include legislation to boost Commonwealth procurement opportunities for entrepreneurs; waive filing fees to help with finances; create a new business “startup” ombudsman in the Department of Community and Economic Development; establish a statewide program for entrepreneurship education among high school students; and modernize bankruptcy laws to provide fair protections for entrepreneurs’ assets.

The package also includes a measure that would require businesses that receive grants and loans from the Commonwealth to commit to staying in the Commonwealth.

The measures are another step toward fulfilling our “Keystone Commitment” to creating a thriving economy. Click here to view the co-sponsorship memos for the forthcoming package of legislation.

Driver License Centers Close for Presidents Day Holiday

PennDOT’s driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website.