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March 2020 

Dear Friend,

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Local students serve as “Senators for a Day”

Students and advisors from secondary schools across the 21st Senatorial District had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at legislative and state government operations during a student government seminar I hosted on March 5 at Clarion University.   Carter O’Donnell from Sheffield in Warren County had the honor of serving as President Pro Tempore for the session.

During the morning, the students divided into Senate committees to discuss bills, take positions on legislation and draft laws. The students came together after lunch to convene as the full Senate to consider the bills crafted by the committees.

 The students had the opportunity to see how state government works and how it reacts to public policy issues. The attendees interacted with students from other high schools, elected officials and people in government relations while developing and voting on legislation as they served as members of the General Assembly. 

Local Food Banks Address Hunger in Our Area

Every community in our region is home to people who struggle to put food on their tables. This food insecurity exists in every county in our Commonwealth. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank strives daily to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.

You can click here to access an interactive map of network services in the 21st Senatorial District provided by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. These services include:

  • Food Pantries.
  • Soup Kitchens.
  • Produce to People Distributions.
  • Children’s Programs. 

Coronavirus Resources 

The Pennsylvania Health Department has useful information to keep you up to date on what you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Learn about the coronavirus, including how it’s spread and how to protect yourself, here

Census 2020 – Everyone Counts

In the coming days every household across America will receive a 2020 Census form as the United States gathers basic information about our current national population. Keep in mind that participating in the Census is required by law and an accurate count is critical for you and your community.

The Census provides crucial data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide services, products, and support for you and your community. Billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census information

In addition, the census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and it is also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Therefore, it is vital that you complete the Census and remember — everyone counts!

REAL IDs Now Available

REAL ID driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available to residents who want one. After October 1, 2020, a REAL ID or a federally approved alternative will be required to board commercial flights or enter secure federal buildings. 

Find out how to obtain one from PENNDOT here: 

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 4.7 Percent

 The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently released its employment situation report for January 2020.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 4.7 percent in January. The national rate was also up a tenth from December to 3.6 percent. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate increased by six-tenths of a percentage point from January 2019 while the national rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 11,000 over the month to a record high of 6,549,000 due to gains in both employment and unemployment. Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs rose 13,500 from December to a record high of 6,093,000.

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