Thank you to the teachers and
third-grade students at School Street Elementary for welcoming me to
their school today to talk about state government. I enjoyed the
opportunity to answer a variety of great questions about everything from
the recent presidential election to what I like most about my job in
the state legislature.
Honoring Our Veterans
This Friday, Nov. 11,
take time to remember and thank the thousands of men and women who have
served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day, originally
known as Armistice Day, first marked the one-year anniversary of the end
of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and
sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to
have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national
holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then renamed Veterans
Day in 1954 to honor the contributions of veterans of all wars.
To all of the veterans of the 67th
Legislative District, I thank you for your service and sacrifice.
New Laws Benefit Veterans
Two new laws, passed by the General
Assembly and signed by the governor, seek to help veterans start their
own businesses or ease their tax burden.
House Bill 1600,
now Act 135 of 2016 and known as “Startups for Soldiers,” will waive
state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the
civilian workforce from the United States Armed Forces, including
reserve units and the National Guard.
House Bill 683,
now Act 117 of 2016, will eliminate veterans’ disability payments from
income eligibility under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program starting
in 2018. This will allow more veterans to qualify for the program, which
offers rebates on rent and property taxes for senior citizens and those
with permanent disabilities.
New Law Will Name Bridges in Honor of Area Servicemen
Two weeks ago, I shared information
about legislation that would recognize three area servicemen by naming
bridges in their honor. That bill has now been signed into law by the
The bridge on Route 770 over the
Tunungwant Creek in McKean County is designated the Master Sergeant
Thomas Maholic Memorial Bridge. A native of Bradford Township, Maholic
was killed on June 24, 2006, in Ghecko, Afghanistan, when his patrol
unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during a
cordon and search mission.
The bridge to be constructed on
Route 6 over Dingman Run in Coudersport will be designated the PFC
George Pesock Memorial Bridge. A native of Potter County, Pesock was
killed in action in July 1944 on the island of Saipan.
The bridge on Route 872 over Bailey
Run in Wharton Township, Potter County, is designated the Sgt. Paul M.
Brown Memorial Bridge. Brown lost his life during combat operations in
South Korea on March 2, 1951, during his second tour of duty in service
to his country. He had also served in World War II.
Thank you to the community leaders
and family members who contacted me about the service and sacrifice made
by these three men. It is a privilege to help honor them.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest
In its 25th year of helping
Pennsylvania families in need, hunters from across the Commonwealth can
continue to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of
venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which
partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of
Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations.
Hunters can donate all or part of a
harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will
then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. In an
average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about
100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state’s 20 regional food
banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider
charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and
churches, as well as individual families. To find a list of local
processors or for more information, visit www.ShareDeer.org.
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