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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.
Happy New Year to You and Your Family
On behalf of our grandson Mason and our entire family, Ann and I wish you and your family a year filled with prosperity, joy, and endless possibilities! Happy 2024!
My offices will be closed on January 1st. Normal office hours will resume on January 2nd.
2023 Year in Review; Looking Ahead to 2024
In the current session, legislative efforts focused on protecting jobs, building a strong energy sector, empowering families and defending freedoms. In the new year, we will continue to build on those efforts to improve our state’s tax structure; redesign our state system of higher education to better align degree programs with marketplace needs; modernize our workforce development laws; advance our broadband, water and transportation infrastructure; support mental health services; increase quality educational opportunities for all children; reduce government regulation; and push for more integrity within our election processes.
Safe and Responsible Energy Development; Grid Reliability Will Remain Key Focus in 2024
Affordable, reliable energy is a must for a vibrant, growing commonwealth. As we have seen during recent years, the price of energy directly impacts all aspects of our lives and our economy.
We will ensure our electric grid remains reliable, that all sources of energy are used to power that grid and Pennsylvanians are shielded from unreasonable environmental standards and regulations that will ultimately raise consumer costs and create an uncertain energy future.
Most-Read Articles of 2023
Legislation to Fund Emergency Services Now Law
The Senate passed legislation that is now law to preserve the availability of life-saving services for Pennsylvanians. It supports the 911 emergency communications service by reauthorizing a fee assessed to wireless lines.
Costs for equipment, operations and new technology continue to rise, threatening the availability of these critical services. The reauthorization helps to offset operation and maintenance costs associated with the state’s emergency response infrastructure. The law has been extended until Jan. 31, 2029.
PA Farm Show Runs Jan. 6-13
As a state where agriculture is one of the top industries, Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation. The 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs from Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg.
The Farm Show features nearly 6,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits. There are also thousands of competitions and educational and entertaining events – and of course the famed Food Court, offering Farm Show milkshakes, fried cheese and so much more. Admission is free, and parking is $15 per car. Make the most of your trip with the visitor’s guide.
Agriculture in PA employs nearly half a million people and contributes $132.5 billion to the state’s economy annually.
Mature Drivers: Take a Course, Save on Insurance
Mature drivers who would like to brush up on their driving skills and save money on car insurance are invited to take a Basic or Refresher Mature Driver Improvement course.
The approved courses provide information about how aging affects driving abilities and insight into driving on today’s roadways. There are no written or practical driving tests.
By completing the Basic Mature Driver Improvement Course, drivers are eligible for a 5% discount on their vehicle insurance. Check course fees and availability here.