Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 36th Senatorial District and look forward to working with you toward building a stronger Pennsylvania. This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Lancaster County and what I am doing as your State Senator in Harrisburg – I hope that you find it helpful! Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please DO NOT reply to this email; instead, please feel free to contact me here.
In this Update:
Tax Reform Will Make Pennsylvania More Competitive
Reforming Pennsylvania’s tax structure was long overdue, so after years of hard work and compromise, my colleagues and I passed landmark reform legislation in July. It will benefit businesses of all sizes and increase opportunities for working families across the state by reducing the state’s corporate net income tax rate from 9.99% to 4.99% by 2031.
This reduction – which is the first change in the rate since 1995 – will give Pennsylvania’s economy a vigorous boost as we recover from the pandemic. We’ll do a better job of retaining young talent after graduation, which translates into more people starting families and investing in their communities, rather than other states benefitting from our best and brightest.
The tax reform package will also help small businesses, which employ 2.5 million people and 46% of all Pennsylvania employees.
Read more here about how the legislation is the first step to building a stronger future for all Pennsylvanians – a future that embraces opportunity and growth.
Thanks for Joining the Conversation!
Special thanks to the nearly 1,400 district residents who joined my telephone town hall meeting earlier this month. We had an engaging conversation about a variety of topics, including education funding, highly sexual content in Pennsylvania schools, energy-related policies, and crime. You can find the survey results & audio recording of the full event here.
If you are interested in participating in a similar call, please click here to sign up.
Please Fill Out My Survey on Energy
Your opinions matter, and feedback about Pennsylvania’s energy-related policies is particularly important as our state is blessed with a diverse mix of energy sources. They power our state’s economy and create high-paying jobs, as well as position the Commonwealth to export our excess energy to power other states. However, some people would prefer to pivot away from certain energy sources in favor of newer, “green” sources.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, I encourage you to share your thoughts about our energy sector and the policies affecting it by filling out the brief survey on my website here.
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.
Best Wishes to Retired Lititz Borough Police Officer
I was pleased to recognize Officer Christopher Kelley upon his July 2 retirement from the Lititz Borough Police Department, which concluded more than 25 years of honorable and dedicated service to our community. He served in numerous roles, including DARE officer and field training officer. He was also a member of the Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit, where he served as an evidence technician and was responsible for processing the scenes of some of the most high-profile crimes in Lancaster County.
Thank you to Officer Kelley and the many other men and women who work so hard to keep our communities safe.
Jobs are Available for CDL Drivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will host a recruitment event on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Lancaster County Maintenance Office, 2105 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, for job seekers to learn about the following positions available in Lancaster County:
On-the-spot applications, interviews, and driving skills testing will take place. Applicants must bring their current CDL license and medical examiners card.
Click here for more information about the event.
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.