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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.
Senate Republicans Join Fight to Protect Pennsylvania’s Energy Competition, Reliability.
Senate Republican Leaders Issue Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Lawsuit, SB 106.
PennDOT will sponsor a Winter Maintenance Program this year. This program runs from September through April to supplement the permanent workforce. Please contact my office at (570) 322-6457 for more information.
Application Period Open for Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities.
Senator Yaw Joins Local College, Community Leaders to Celebrate $20M Old City Development Project
I recently joined with Lycoming College and community leaders to celebrate the Old City Williamsport development project along Basin Street between Third and Fourth Streets.
The multi-phase development will begin with the build-out of 12 three-story residential townhomes and seven commercial units. Future phases of the project will include office space, additional commercial space, a parking structure, and a living rooftop park with a beer garden and food truck dining experience. Construction will begin later this summer with the first phase of the project expected to open to the public in the fall of 2023. READ MORE
The New State Budget: Clearing Hurdles to Jobs and Opportunity
The new 2022-23 state budget does not include any broad-based tax increases and is structured in a way to minimize the risk of tax increases in the years ahead.
In fact, the budget actually cuts the Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate, which is now the highest in the nation. The new budget cuts the rate from 9.99% to 8.99% and creates a phased reduction to 4.99%, or sixth lowest, by 2031.
Not only will a lower rate attract new business, it also makes the state more attractive for businesses that already operate here and need to expand.
The budget also eliminates a disadvantage faced by Pennsylvania small businesses when competing with those in other states. Under federal tax law, a “like-kind” exchange under the Internal Revenue Code allows for tax deferral when property is exchanged for similar property. This long-standing federal provision allows employers to invest in the job-creating assets businesses need to remain competitive. Every state but Pennsylvania provides for a similar deferral on the state level.
The new spending plan also brings state tax law governing expense deductions in line with federal law, eliminating the unequal treatment of small businesses in Pennsylvania. The increase in limits makes it easier for employers to buy equipment and to invest, which promotes job growth.
These changes will make Pennsylvania more competitive with surrounding states and send a strong message to employers that our Commonwealth is open for business.
Deana’s Law Increases Penalties for Repeat DUIs
The Senate recently passed legislation that is now law to increase penalties for multiple DUI offenders.
Act 59 of 2022, Deana’s Law, would require consecutive sentencing, instead of concurrent, for fourth DUIs and above. It would also increase penalties for drivers with multiple DUI convictions involving high blood alcohol content levels.
The law is named after Deana Eckman, 45, who was killed in a 2019 crash involving a six-time DUI offender.
Annual National Night Out to be Held
Williamsport Area Middle School will be hosting a National Night Out event on Aug. 2nd. Stop by 2800 W. Fourth Street in Williamsport from 4-6PM to join in on the fun and activities! National Night Out is a day set aside to promote police-community partnerships and engage the public in the effort to support the health and safety of our friends and neighbors.
Wendy Hastings Honored Upon Her Retirement
[Liz Vollman of my staff pictured with Wendy Hastings]
I was pleased to recently sponsor a Senate Congratulatory Citation on behalf of Wendy Steel Hastings upon her July 15th retirement from the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety after more than 30 years of dedicated service.
Wendy, who also serves as Sullivan County Coroner, began her career as the Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Field Coordinator responsible for Pennsylvania Department of Health ambulance licensure and data collection for forty-nine EMS agencies in Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan Counties. In 2001, Wendy became the Manager and Director of the of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety EMS Program.
Active in her community, she has served as Emergency Management Coordinator of the Borough of Eagles Mere, President of Sullivan County Victim Services, Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association, Captain of the Eagles Mere Ambulance Association and Chair of the Department of Transportation Local Driver Safety Task Force.
I applaud Wendy for her years of loyalty and service. She has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety and our region.
Funding Available for Projects that Promote PA Farm Products
Nonprofits can apply now for grants for projects that promote Pennsylvania farm products and grow export markets. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will award up to $303,000 in matching funds to nonprofits to reimburse up to 50% of costs for promotional and educational projects intended to increase consumer awareness and sales.
Eligible projects in 2022 can promote anything from wine to wool, hardwoods to honey, fruit, vegetables, herbs, meat, poultry or dairy — any agricultural product produced in PA.
Complete guidelines for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Product Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program are in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Grant applications must be submitted online through the Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application. Applications are due by Aug. 5th.
Accessing Local and County Crime and Crash Data
When crimes and crashes are investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the statistical data is available online through the Community Access to Information Dashboard (CAID).
CAID allows the public and the media to access and search data collected from traffic enforcement and crashes for both commercial and noncommercial vehicles, including Incident maps. There’s also data concerning various crimes, with mapping for counties and municipalities.
The dashboard allows the user to choose what data is displayed. Searches can be refined with custom date ranges, locations and categories. Queries can be made in the dashboard with statistical information from as far back as 2019. The dashboard contains no information that could be used to identify the individuals involved.
How to Conserve Energy and Manage Summer Power Bills
As hot weather settles in, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) offers tips on conserving energy and keeping summer power bills manageable.
You can find more tips here. For consumers struggling with paying utility bills, the PUC continues to encourage them to call their utilities to discuss the many different affordability options available.
Celebrating Parks and Recreational Opportunities
Parks and recreational opportunities are key components of healthy communities. I hope you get to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.
The new state budget includes $56 million in state funds to create a new State Parks and Forests Infrastructure Program and $100 million in federal funding for state parks and outdoor recreation.