In this Update:
Upcoming Events in Senate District 35
Is your license plate hard to read? Are the letters on your license plate peeling, blistered, or discolored? We can help you get it replaced for FREE!
Join me at one of my license plate replacement events to get your license plate checked and start the replacement process. Feel free to give my office a call if you have any questions or are unable to make one of the events and need your license plate replaced at 814-266-2277.
Tour of the Circle of Support Child Advocacy Center
My staff visited the Circle of Support Child Advocacy Center in Johnstown. This center serves child abuse victims in Cambria and Bedford Counties. The center also serves as a gateway for essential services which include healing and justice for child victims and their families. “Because every child deserves their best tomorrow.”
Retirement Celebration in Bedford
It was a privilege to have Tonya Clark of my Bedford office join the Bedford County Commissioners to celebrate the retirement of Lisa Cairo after 20 years of service with Bedford County Children and Youth.
Lisa began as a caseworker in 2002 and became administrator in 2012. Lisa is also a United States Air Force Veteran with fifteen years of service. Thank you, Lisa, for your dedicated service not only to the children of Bedford County but to this country.
Best wishes for a wonderful retirement!
Search for Unclaimed Property
Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity shared that 1 in 10 Pennsylvanians have unclaimed property held by the state. By following the link here, you can learn how easy it is to file an online claim and check the status of a claim. It’s simple and only takes a few minutes to claim what is yours!
Free Webinar on Sweeping Business Tax Reform
Tax reforms enacted by the General Assembly are a huge boost for job creators, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is hosting a free webinar to explore the impact on your business.
You’ll learn details about what the changes mean for businesses of all sizes and be able to ask tax experts questions about various provisions in the tax package.
The webinar will take place Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. You can find more information and register here.
Financial Assistance for Eligible Children of Veterans
As the school year approaches, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds veterans with children that financial assistance is available to those attending post-high school education or training at an approved institution in the commonwealth through its Educational Gratuity Program.
The program supports children of honorably discharged veterans who have 100% service-connected disabilities and served during a period of war or armed conflict, or children of veterans who die or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. To be eligible, a child of a veteran must be between the ages of 16 and 23, living within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania five years prior to application and must attend a school within the commonwealth. All applicants must have a financial need.
Payments will not exceed $500 per term or semester per qualified child to each approved educational institution over a total of eight terms or semesters. For more information about the program’s criteria, eligibility and needed documentation, go to Educational Gratuity Program.
Beat Sept. 1 College Tuition Hikes with PA 529
Families who contribute to their PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) account by Aug. 31 can boost their savings by taking advantage of the fact that many college tuition credit rates are scheduled to increase Sept. 1.
The PA 529 GSP program allows families to save for a future education at today’s cost. Because the effect of tuition inflation is generally applied to PA 529 GSP accounts on Sept. 1, contributions made by Aug. 31 often receive an increase in value the very next day – and the earnings can be used as soon as the summer semester of the next calendar year. If used the following fall semester, two years of tuition inflation benefits would be available.
Before new PA 529 GSP credit rates take effect for the 2022-23 school year, families may compare PA 529 GSP credit rates at popular levels.
Nearly 440 Vehicles Available at Commonwealth Auction
Nearly 440 used vehicles will be up for public purchase at the latest Commonwealth Vehicle Auction taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania, 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville, Dauphin County.
In-person preview of vehicles is open from this Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21. Pre-registration is mandatory and must be completed on or before Sunday at 4 p.m.
This auction will feature several vehicles seized by state law enforcement agencies including: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, 2011 BMW X5, 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, 2011 Jaguar XF and more.
Other vehicles include a variety of 4-wheel drive SUVs, utility vehicles and pickup trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Jeep as well as front- and all-wheel drive sedans and mini-vans. Buyers must purchase with certified funds in the form of money order, cashier’s check or certified check. No cash will be accepted.