In this Update:
Working with PA Treasurer Garrity to Protect Taxpayers
Treasurer Stacy Garrity and I are continuing our fight to protect taxpayers across the commonwealth with legislation that will seek to improve the appeals process for the Pennsylvania Board of Finance and Revenue.
For far too long, Pennsylvanians have found themselves stuck when dealing with the Department of Revenue. This legislation would offer taxpayers more time and options when responding to assessments dealt to them by the department.
This taxpayer-friendly option makes it more equitable to Pennsylvanians caught in the appeals process and allows them to receive a fair chance at resolving their disputes.
Recognizing Local Youth Achievements
I joined state Rep. Marci Mustello in presenting House and Senate Citations to Kendall Myers and Peyton Turner.
Kendall Myers was honored for winning first place in the Low Equitation Over Fences Ages 14 to 18 in the Hunter-Jumper Class during the 2023 Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show. Kendall, has been involved in 4-H club since the age of 10 and an equestrian since the age of 5. She was instrumental in restarting the Lucky 7 Horse Club through the 4-H Club.
Peyton Turner was honored for winning the 2023 Air Race Classic, which is lauded as the epicenter of women’s air racing. The 2023 event featured 42 teams and spanned more than 2,600 miles from Grand Forks, ND to Homestead, FL.
Congratulations to both Kendall and Peyton on your many continued successes!
Clarion-Venango-Forest County Farm Bureau Scholarship
The Clarion-Venango-Forest County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships for three students pursuing post-secondary education opportunities.
The applicant must be a member (or from a member household) of the Clarion-Venango-Forest County Farm Bureau (CVFCFB); must be enrolled to attend a post-secondary institution for the upcoming school year; and must have maintained a 2.0 or higher QPA in his or her current academic studies.
To apply, submit a completed Scholarship Application Form along with a current transcript to the CVFCFB, 386 Shoup Rd, Knox, PA 16232 by March 15, 2024. The winners’ names will be randomly drawn and announced at the organization’s spring meeting.
Helping Pennsylvanians at the Pump
After automatically rising last year due to inflation, the 2024 Pennsylvania gas tax will return to 2022 levels.
Last year, the average wholesale price of gasoline exceeded $2.99 per gallon, which triggered an automatic increase in the gas tax. Knowing how Pennsylvanians were already struggling with skyrocketing inflation, the Senate passed and sent to House of Representatives legislation last January to end these inflation-based, automatic gas tax hikes.
Had the House acted in a timely fashion, Pennsylvanians would have saved more than $200 million in the gas tax. We continue to encourage our counterparts to work cooperatively with us to benefit commonwealth residents as we were elected to do.
Officiating Opportunities Available Throughout PA
If you would like to help your community more this year, there are lots of opportunities to make a huge difference in the lives of student-athletes.
There’s a shortage of referees, umpires and other high school officials in almost every sport. High school officials protect the integrity of the games our kids love to play by demonstrating qualities like honesty, objectivity, consistency and courage.
Hours are flexible, and it’s a great way to stay in good physical condition. Find out how to become an official.
Recognizing Law Enforcement in Our Communities
Tuesday, Jan. 9, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Protecting our communities is a dangerous and demanding job, but men and women across the state answered the call to public service. They leave their families not knowing if they’ll need to give their lives to keep us safe.
I appreciate their selflessness and commitment to others and was proud to vote for legislation to help them.
Act 60 of 2023 expands the list of law enforcement entities covered under the Heart and Lung Act, which provides for salary and medical expenses to be paid when an officer or firefighter is injured on the job. Other new laws passed by the Senate allow municipal police to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history checks on police applicants and funds an additional 100 Pennsylvania State Police troopers to help make our communities safer.
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