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Friday, February 22, 2019

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, February 22, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

Celebrating Our Maple Producers!

The state House has unanimously approved my resolution designating March 11-17 as Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania. The designation coincides with the annual Maple Weekend, which will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, at 17 different maple producers in Potter and Tioga counties.

You’ll find a variety of opportunities at each location to learn more about the process of collecting sap and making maple syrup and other products, as well as the chance to sample or purchase a wide range of products, including syrup and maple candy, as well as more unique maple products such as salad dressing, barbecue sauce, jellies, homemade cookies, maple milkshakes and cotton candy. Click here for details about this educational – and very tasty! – event.

And in case you missed it, I had the opportunity to catch up with Larry Hamilton, of Hamilton’s Maple Products in Ulysses, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last month, where he gave me a rundown some of the many maple products. Click below to watch!
Click here to view video.

Need Help with Your Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms?

Our series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics at area senior centers continues next week on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the following locations:
  • Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)
  • Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
Income eligible senior citizens are invited to stop by free assistance in filing for a rebate of up to $650 on rent or property taxes paid in 2018. Be sure to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. Also, applicants with veterans disability benefits and/or pensions do not need to declare that income.

Click here for additional information, including a schedule of other upcoming clinics.

Click here to download forms directly.

Assistance is also available at any of my local offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769); or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).

Good Jobs for PA Focuses on Careers, Workforce Development

A key to economic success for all Pennsylvanians and the Commonwealth as a whole is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.

House Republicans launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on efforts to enhance our workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

The launch coincided with the governor signing an executive order to create the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The center is charged with addressing barriers to employment and enhancing cooperation among education and workforce development entities.

Preparing PA Students for Careers

As a foundational part of the #GoodJobs4PA initiative, the House Education Committee unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania.

The package of bills includes:
  • House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
  • House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
  • House Bill 393 (to be introduced soon), which would create an online career resource center.
  • House Bill 394 (to be introduced soon), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
  • House Bill 395 (to be introduced soon), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
  • House Bill 396 (to be introduced soon), which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
  • House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.
These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Why do you always to the Hamilton Maple Producer and not the other Potter producers?