In this Update:
Bedford Bandits Honored in Harrisburg
This week, I welcomed the Bedford Bandits to the Pennsylvania Senate. This summer the Bedford Bandits 8-U, 14-U, and 16-U teams went undefeated and won the national championship in each of their respective age groups at the Roller Hockey National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!
ClearlyAhead Development Annual Luncheon
It was great to attend the ClearlyAhead Development Annual Luncheon at River’s Landing in Clearfield this week. I look forward to working with you all in the future to continue to build a more prosperous Clearfield County.
Grand Opening of Nanty Glo Fire Department’s Social Hall
Congratulations to Nanty Glo Fire Dept on the Grand Opening of their renovated Social Hall. The hall is gorgeous! The Nanty Glo Fire Department also received a generous donation from the PennCrest BANK in the amount of $2,500. Best wishes to the department on their continued growth and success.
Legislation to Boost Job Growth Around PA Airports Passes Senate
Continuing efforts to restore Pennsylvania’s economic vitality, the Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) and myself, to spur job growth in and around airports across the Commonwealth.
Senate Bill 562 creates the Airport Land Development Zone (ALDZ) program, providing tax credits to employers that make a significant new investment by expanding operations and creating new jobs.
Under the legislation, industrial and commercial employers locating in an ALDZ could receive a $2,100-a-job tax credit for each new job they create in Pennsylvania, each year for 10 years. The tax credit is structured like that of the Keystone Special Development Zone program (KSDZ).
Senate Bill 562 was spearheaded by Senator Scavello and myself to incentivize new business expansion and economic development. This legislation will permit Pennsylvania to attract and retain new businesses which will provide new revenue and new employment opportunities.
In October, the Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator Scavello, held a public informational meeting with the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania to discuss the legislation.
Passage of Senate Bill 562 is the latest in a series of Senate votes aimed at moving Pennsylvania from pandemic to recovery. Earlier this week, the Senate acted to increase public-private partnerships (between state universities and private entities) and enhance employment opportunities. Last month, the Senate approved two measures making it easier for small business employers to remain competitive and create jobs. Senate Bill 562 will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Legislation Passed Honoring Fallen Local PennDOT Worker
Senate Bill 922 passed the Senate unanimously this week to honor Gerald “Jerry” Confer, a fallen PennDOT worker. Jerry was employed by the Department of Transportation and worked for the Systematic Technique to Analyze and Manage Pennsylvania’s Pavements Program.
On September 18, 1984, Jerry sustained critical injuries when his PennDOT vehicle was struck in the rear by a truck at Exit 16 on Interstate 80 resulting in Mr. Confer’s death on September 19, 1984.
Citation Presented to Dotts Motor Company
This week I had the honor to present Dotts Motor Company, Inc. with a Senate Citation celebrating their 100 years in business. Pictured with me are owners/brothers Tom and Bob Dotts.
Congratulations and here’s to many more!!
$3 Million on Track for Local Railway Rehabilitation
$3 million in state funding will be granted to rehabilitate railway tracks across Clearfield and Cambria counties.
The tremendous investments in the Commonwealth’s railroad system will secure the effective delivery of essential goods to markets throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation. The Keystone State has the highest number of operating railroads in the country, which demonstrates the historic role of railroads in building our society. Investing in railways mitigates congestion on our highways and spurs economic development in our communities.
R.J. Corman Railroad Group will use the funding to improve and replace railway tracks and rehabilitate five at-grade crossings along the Clearfield Cluster rail line. The rail line provides essential rail service to several industries within the community.
The funding is provided by the Rail Transportation Assistance Program under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Deadline Approaching for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications
The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2020 is Dec. 31, 2021.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
Claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are encouraged to file their rebate applications online by visiting mypath.pa.gov. You can check the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program instruction booklet to learn which information you will need to input/upload to complete the process.