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This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
On the Horizon…
Senate Convenes This Week. WATCH LIVE
The Deadline for Older Adults and Pennsylvanians with Disabilities to Apply for Rebates on Rent and Property Taxes Paid in 2022 has been Extended from June 30 to December 31, 2023. File Online by Visiting mypath.pa.gov
The 48th Annual Antiques Market Will be Held on the Village Green in Eagles Mere, Sullivan County, on Saturday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE for Children 12 and Under!
PennDOT is Reminding Drivers to Use Caution When Driving in Dark Hours. For More Information on Actions to Improve Your Safety When Driving at Night, Please Visit www.penndot.pa.gov/safety
June is National Men’s Health Month! Men are encouraged to make doctor visits a priority this month to help with the early detection of diseases including cancer, heart disease and depression.
Out and About
The 152nd Lycoming County Fair will officially kick-off on July 12th and will feature plenty of new exhibits and entertainment. I was excited to participate in the media day highlighting what’s on the horizon next month!
Last week, my staff had the pleasure of visiting the Mattern Building in Mildred, Sullivan County. On the walls inside, a new mural completed by artist Cat Badger portrays a dynamic place with a rich history and a home to some of the state’s most scenic spots.
Smithfield Township, Bradford County Road Closure
Motorists are advised that a pipe replacement project will close a portion of Route 4012 (Laurel Hill Road) in Smithfield Township, Bradford County.
On Thursday, June 21, 2023 through Friday, June 22, 2023, Laurel Hill Road will be closed to through traffic between the intersections with Route 4014 (Milan Road) and Searfoss Road (T-701), while a PennDOT maintenance crew performs pipe replacements.
A detour using Milan Road in Smithfield and Ulster townships, Bradford County, will be in place while work is being performed. Work will be performed during daylight hours.
Preservation of Farmland in Union County
Last week, the State Agriculture Land Preservation Board announced the protection of 2,044 acres of farmland spanning 29 farms and 15 counties from future development. This includes 11 acres in Union County.
By selling their land’s development rights, landowners ensure that their farm will remain in production and never be sold for residential, commercial, or industrial development. Pennsylvania has now protected 6,231 farms and 626,321 acres from future commercial, industrial, or residential development.
Watch Out for This Rental Scam
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General warns people in the market for rental properties to be aware of sophisticated scammers placing fake ads and altering existing, legitimate ads to obtain personal information, security deposits and rent payments.
Protect yourself by being wary if you cannot physically see the property. Avoid purchasing gift cards for payment, providing your Social Security number without verifying with whom you are dealing and wiring payments for application, security deposit or first month’s rent.
Read more here.
General Fund Tax Revenues Below Estimate Again
Each month, the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares an update about the state’s financial health. The most recent report shows that General Fund tax revenues were $90.7 million lower than the monthly estimate in May, the third time in the past five months that tax revenues have failed to meet projections.
For the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, which ends June 30, Personal Income Tax collections are nearly $400 million below projections.
The full update, including the monthly revenue report, is available here.
Helping Nonprofits and Local Governments Stretch Investment Dollars
Nonprofits and local governments can take advantage of an investment opportunity offered by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. The program, known as INVEST, is similar in concept to money market funds and offers two short-term pools and custom options.
For more than 30 years, INVEST’s performance has matched or exceeded that of its competitors. INVEST offers daily liquidity and has no minimum balance requirements. More than 260 entities – like townships, school districts, counties, volunteer fire companies, libraries and other nonprofit organizations – have assets of approximately $1.317 billion in INVEST portfolios.