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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna 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.

Gene Yaw
State Senator
www.SenatorGeneYaw.com

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Senate Republicans Blast Attorney General for Failing to Stand Up for Pennsylvania Energy Jobs

I joined with Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman and Senator Joe Pittman on Thursday to issue a statement in response to Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s failure to stand up to Governor Wolf on his job-killing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) plan:

Just a few short weeks ago at a campaign stop in Indiana County, Josh Shapiro said he had real concerns that RGGI would hurt families at a time when many are struggling to put food on the table. Speaking to a pro-energy community, he pledged to protect energy jobs. However, when he had an opportunity last month to keep his promise to those working families, he completely failed them.  READ MORE

Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Connector Pilot Shows Promise

12/08/21 - Tiadaghton State Forest ATV Pilot Connector

On Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee fielded comments in Williamsport on a proposed ATV connector trail in the Tiadaghton State Forest.

The expansion of the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot in Lycoming and Clinton counties offers a unique opportunity to boost the economic vibrancy of our region and improve access to our greatest natural asset, the beautiful forests that blanket northcentral Pennsylvania. I thank all of our presenters for their valuable insight on this proposal.  READ MORE

State Grants Support Local Hospital Enhancements; Patient Care Across Region

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Towanda Campus, has been awarded $3.5 million for a major renovation project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). Specifically, the funding will go toward renovations to the hospital’s first floor and infrastructure upgrades. The project is also expected to create dozens of jobs. READ MORE
  • Evangelical Community Hospital received a $500,000 RACP grant to modernize its campus in Union County. The Union County Hospital Authority will use the funding to buy and install an 850-ton high-efficiency chiller that will cool a new four-story patient tower designed as part of the campus’s Patient Room Improvement Modernization and Enhancement Initiative (PRIME).  READ MORE
  • Albright Care Services was awarded $1 million through RACP to convert a current nursing care center to a Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) Day Program. The managed care program will provide a comprehensive, all-inclusive package of medical and supportive services. In addition, it will include renovations to an existing wing of the current nursing care center.
  • Nippenose Valley Village has been awarded a $692,850 grant through the RACP for the creation of a Dementia Center at their senior living facility in Limestone Township, Lycoming County. READ MORE
  • Lycoming County and Lending Properties, LLC, was awarded an RACP grant to improve three aging properties in Montgomery Borough to maximize usable space and upgrading machinery and equipment to facilitate company growth and job creation.
  • Lastly, Lycoming County was awarded $750,000 to repair 35 relief wells across the City of Williamsport, Borough of South Williamsport and a portion of Loyalsock Township. READ MORE

This is good news for the region!

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau Annual Elected Officials Breakfast Held

Pictured L to R: Union County Commissioner Jeff Reber, State Rep. David Rowe, Union County Commissioner Preston Boop, Sen. Yaw and Susquehanna River Valley Director Andrew Miller

On Friday, I attended the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau annual elected officials breakfast in Lewisburg.  I continue to be amazed at how many opportunities there are in our region, and there is no better place to celebrate the holiday season than in Central Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River Valley has a calendar chock full of activities the whole family can enjoy.  Explore here

Funding Available to Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Rural PA

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2022 for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get access to high-speed internet.

Those eligible for the funding, which is being made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program, include state and local governments, corporations, limited liability companies and cooperative organizations.

The funding is available for projects that serve rural areas where at least 90% of the households lack broadband service at speeds of 100/20 Mbps. Priority is given to projects that will serve people in low-density rural areas and areas lacking internet access services at speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps.

You Can Give the Gift of Education

More than 80% of parents would welcome contributions to a 529 college savings plan for their children, but less than half will ask family members and friends for such gifts, according to a survey from the College Savings Foundation.

Anyone can contribute to a child’s PA 529 account with a Ugift code, and gift contributions may be deductible from PA state income taxes. If you already have a PA 529 account for your child, you can share your Ugift code by email with family and friends who wish to contribute to your child’s education savings.

You can learn more about starting to save with PA 529 accounts at pa529.com. There are two plans to help families save, including the PA 529 Investment Plan, with earnings tied to financial markets, and the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan, where earnings are tied to tuition inflation. Families can choose the plan that best meets their savings goals.

VA Alerts Veterans About Printing and Mailing Delays Affecting Claims

Many veterans have been experiencing long delays with receiving correspondence from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The VA announced that due to supply chain issues and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted to provide printing services for the VA is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to veterans and claimants, with the disruption potentially impacting the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with the VA.

In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is extending its response period by 90 calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

If a claimant does not reply to a time-limited notification, such as making an election of benefits or services or reporting for a scheduled compensation and pension examination, VBA will not take adverse action to deny, reduce or terminate benefits and services unless: 1) the claimant is contacted and there is documentation of his or her right to respond; 2) the requested information has been received; or 3) the response period has lapsed.

Veterans and claimants with questions can contact the VA at 800-827-1000.

Reaction Time and Driving

By Kimberly A. Smith | Safety Press Officer
PA Department of Transportation
Engineering District 3-0 

As the years go by, our abilities change. Some things improve, as we learn from experience. Others don’t come as easily as they used to. Our eyes aren’t as sharp, our reactions aren’t as quick, and we can’t concentrate as well as we once could.

Driving a car uses a lot of different skills, and when you first learned how to drive, those skills were at their peak. But mature drivers may have noticed a change in how they handle the car or react to traffic situations.

Driver reaction time is the length of time it takes for a person to respond to a given event. As we age, reaction time can increase and while driving, a delay of even a fraction of a second in reaction time may result in a crash.

AAA offers these tips to mature drivers on improving reaction times and managing slower reaction times to maintain safe driving:

  • Increase your following distance. Senior drivers should allow greater distances between them and the vehicles ahead of them, so they’ll have more time to slow down or stop.
  • Minimize left turns. Senior drivers ages 65 and older are over-represented in crashes involving left-hand turns. If possible, make three right turns to avoid making a left, or use intersections with designated left-hand turn lanes. These are much safer for drivers of all ages.
  • Eliminate distractions inside the vehicle. Adjusting radio volume, using a cell phone and interacting with passengers can distract any driver. Keep the environment inside the vehicle as calm as possible, eliminating driving distractions.
  • Plan your route before you get behind the wheel. Doing this helps you avoid making any last-minute decisions about which way to turn or how to reach your destination.
  • Steer clear of busy highways and congested traffic. High-speed driving may be stressful, so don’t hesitate to use local roads instead of highways. Try to avoid rush-hour traffic or highly congested areas. More vehicles on the road translates to a greater likelihood of a collision. Senior drivers should consider using public transportation if it’s available.
  • Review medications. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can slow reflexes, blur vision and cause drowsiness or dizziness, causing additional driver distractions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about making adjustments that aid in safe driving. If you have serious muscle or joint impairments, ask your doctor about anti-inflammatory drugs that may help permit safe driving.
  • Stay awake and alert. Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving and distracted driving. Get enough sleep before a long trip and take frequent breaks along the way.

 

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