Senate Education Committee to Focus on Student-Centered Policy
As the new Chair of the Senate Education Committee, I look forward to playing a leading role in one of the most important policy discussions facing Pennsylvania today. One of my highest goals will be focusing on a student-centered system that provides learning opportunities for students through rigorous academic standards, accountability and transparency, and attracting high-quality teachers.
We face a number of challenges in preparing the next generation for the careers of tomorrow. I recently wrote an op-ed to discuss some of these challenges, and how I hope the committee can overcome these challenges in the next two years.
More information about the direction of the Senate Education Committee in the months ahead is available here.
I appreciated the opportunity to discuss education policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session with Jill Horner on Comcast Newsmakers.
Applications for PennDOT Summer Employment Due February 25
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is accepting applications through February 15 for its Summer Maintenance Program. The program is open to fulltime college students who are enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about the program can apply online here.
Reminder: Open House Scheduled for February 12
I look forward to meeting old acquaintances and new faces during an Open House event I am hosting at my district office located at 301 East Main Street in Lititz on February 12 from 3-7 p.m.
The event offers an opportunity for local residents to discuss issues of local importance, pick up materials related to state government and meet the hardworking staff of my district office. I hope to see you there!
State Tax Forms Available Now
Local residents can get a head start on tax filing by picking up the necessary 2018 tax forms at my district office in Lititz. The primary state tax form – the PA-40 Income Tax booklet – is available at my office now, as well as other schedules necessary to complete 2018 tax returns.
The deadline to file with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is April 15, 2019. Additional information regarding state tax filing is available online at the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.state.pa.us.
Federal tax forms and instructions are available here.
Free Tax Help Available for Low-Income Families
The United Way of Lancaster County is encouraging low-income community residents who need help with filing their taxes to take advantage of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The service is available to any household that made $62,000 or less in 2018.
More information about the program is available here.
Flu Shots Still Available
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is encouraging state residents to get a flu shot if they have not already received one. Although flu season is already in full swing, the vaccine is still effective at helping avoid or diminish the severity of symptoms.
Free flu shots are available for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. More information on how to receive a free flu shot is available here.