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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Thursday, August 07, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Reminder: Senior Citizens Expo Friday, Aug. 8

It’s expo time! I encourage area senior citizens and their caregivers to stop by the annual Senior Citizens Expo tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 8) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Gymnasium. Admission is free, and lunch will be served. Be sure to mark your calendar for a second expo on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Looking for Some Family Fun?

If you’re looking for something fun to do for the whole family, the McKean County Fair opens this Saturday, Aug. 9, and runs through Aug. 16. For a rundown of the week’s activities, click here.

Also, take part in a celebration of our oil heritage at the annual Derrick Day at the Penn Brad Oil Museum next Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features standard rig engine displays, tool dressing demonstration, a firewood raffle, food and more. The museum is located at 901 South Ave. in Bradford. 

State Revenues Show Some Growth in New Fiscal Year

Revenue collections are in for the month of July, and the state collected $2.2 billion, a 5 percent increase over last July’s collections.

Notably, sales tax grew by 6.4 percent year over year, an encouraging sign of economic growth as recovery is driven by consumer spending. Sales tax receipts totaled $862 million for the month of July.

Other types of revenue included personal income tax totaling $835.9 million; corporation tax totaling $80.8 million; inheritance tax totaling $76 million; realty transfer tax totaling $41.4 million; cigarette, malt beverage, liquor and table games taxes totaling $98.6 million; and non-tax revenue totaling $251.6 million.

More details on monthly revenue collections can be found here.
Watching Out for Student Athlete Safety

With the fall sports season getting underway, students, parents and coaches should be aware of two recent state laws aimed at protecting student athletes.

Act 59 of 2012 raises awareness about the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest by requiring coaches and parents to complete an online training program to learn how to identify symptoms. Under the law, student athletes must be removed from practices or games if they display symptoms, and they cannot return to play until cleared to do so by a medical professional.

Similarly, Act 101 of 2011 requires the removal from play of a student athlete who shows symptoms of a concussion, such as confusion, headache, nausea, blurred vision or memory loss. Parents and their student athletes are required to sign a concussion awareness sheet annually before the student is allowed to participate in a sport, and coaches of those sports must complete a concussion certification course each year.

Additional information about both laws, and access to the online training course related to sudden cardiac arrest, are available through the Department of Health website.

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