In this Update:
Clearfield Veterans Breakfast
I had the pleasure of hosting a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the VFW Post 1785 in Clearfield. Thank you to all the veterans who came out, it was so nice getting to speak with so many of you.
Thank you to the VFW Post 1785, the Clearfield Area School District High School Chorus, Penn Highlands Healthcare, Grice’s, Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts, and Express Café for helping us celebrate our veterans. A special thank you to Colonel Eric C. McKissick, the Vice Wing Commander at the 193d Special Operations Wing in Middletown, Pennsylvania, who took the time to come out and speak at our breakfast.
Richland High School’s Career Day
Cortney and I had a great time speaking to Richland High School students at Career Day!
Press Conference at Flood City Youth Fitness Academy
This week, I joined Representative Rigby at the Flood City Youth Fitness Academy for the announcement of the 21st Century Learning Program and their partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Visit to the John Murtha Cambria County Airport
This week, I visited the John Murtha Cambria County Airport and appreciated the conversation and tour. I look forward to seeing the continued work become a reality that will impact the county, region, and the 35th Senatorial District.
Thank you to everyone who came out this week to donate blood and help save lives. A huge thank you to the American Red Cross for all their hard work and to the Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department for allowing us to use your facility. Saving lives is a community effort!
Senate Passes PA Edge Program to Bring Jobs to Pennsylvania
New jobs and more investment could be coming to Pennsylvania after the Senate voted to create and expand tax credit programs to support targeted investments in key industries.
The legislation would make new resources available for job growth under the newly established Pennsylvania Economic Development for a Growing Economy (PA EDGE) tax credit program. The program will be made up of four components to attract major new investments to Pennsylvania communities.
One of the new programs is the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Tax Credit program, which is designed to support projects requiring a capital investment of at least $500 million. Projects would also be required to make a good faith effort to use the local labor market and create at least 1,200 permanent and new jobs.
The bill would also establish a new Pennsylvania Milk Processing Tax Credit program to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. The tax credit would be equal to 5 cents per gallon of milk purchased and processed from within Pennsylvania. The program would also require capital investment of at least $500 million, efforts to use local labor and the creation of at least 1,200 permanent and new jobs.
The legislation would also create the Semiconductor Manufacturing, Biomedical Manufacturing and Research. The Tax Credit program tax credits would be split evenly between semiconductor manufacturing and biomedical projects.
In addition, House Bill 1059 would increase the cap on the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Program, while ensuring tax credits remain available for construction of a smaller project facility in the near future. The bill was sent to the governor for enactment.
Senate Votes to Provide Critical Aid to Fire & EMS Companies
In the latest effort to help Pennsylvania’s fire and emergency medical services, the Senate passed a comprehensive measure that would provide essential funding and support for these critical first responders.
The assistance is especially vital for volunteer fire companies struggling to recruit members and cover rising costs. As amended by the Senate, the measure would:
The measure was sent to the governor for enactment.
How Are Invasive Species Affecting You?
The impact of invasive species on Pennsylvania citizens, local governments, businesses and others is the focus of a survey being conducted by the Governor’s Invasive Species Council.
The Invasive Species Impacts Survey will be used to chronicle the effects invasive plants, insects, animals and pathogens are having on land and waterways.
Invasive species include more than 140 invasive plant types, 25 plant diseases, 18 insects, 60 aquatic animals, five bird and mammal species, and more. The survey takes a few minutes to complete and is open through Nov. 13.
Reminder: Turn Clocks Back Saturday Night
Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night.
Risk of Hitting a Deer Increases in Fall
With deer becoming more active during the fall breeding season, and the end of daylight saving time putting more vehicles on the road during dusk and dawn when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking motorists to stay alert.
According to insurance statistics, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-58 chance of a vehicular accident involving a big game animal – one of the highest rates nationwide. Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Just paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a difference.
You can find out more about avoiding collisions with deer and how to report a collision here.
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