Nov. 08, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong#  The latest news from the State Capitol
Thanking Our Veterans

Throughout the nation this weekend, communities will mark Veterans Day with a variety of parades, ceremonies and dedications. This year marks the 100th anniversary of an official day to honor our nation’s heroes. Learn more here.

It was my honor to present state House certificates to the veterans who attended this week’s Heritage Hill Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in Weatherly. Thanks to all for your service and sacrifice!
Happy Retirement!

At last week’s Carbon County commissioners’ meeting, I had the great pleasure of presenting a House citation to Henry Desrosiers, who is retiring after serving more than 11 years as the director of the county Veterans Affairs Office. Thank you for a job well done, Hank, and enjoy your retirement!
Veterans’ Center to Hold Open House

The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (GMVC), located at 401 Penn Ave. in Scranton, is holding an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.

GMVC is one of six veterans homes operated by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) that provides residency to more than 1,300 eligible veterans and their spouses.

The public is encouraged to stop by to take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and experience the comradery of living with fellow veterans.

The GMVC provides residents with essential equipment and furnishings; complete on-site medical and pharmacy services; physical, speech and occupational therapy; and 24-hour nursing care. The home also offers year-round recreational activities such as crafts, games, musical entertainment, shopping, trips to local sporting events, as well as other stimulating activities.

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran with health care needs, please contact the home to discuss the long-term care options available to you.
New Law Supports #GoodJobs4PA

Following through on our commitment to improve career and technical education (CTE) through our #GoodJobs4PA legislative package, a new state law will make the most significant reforms to our CTE laws in more than three decades.

Act 76 of 2019, which was signed into law last week, will help ensure our students are better prepared for success in the workforce while at the same time attracting employers and economic development to the Commonwealth.

To ensure students are well informed about their choices, the law expands an online database so students know what courses may transfer between higher education institutions, and requires schools to give equal opportunity to both college and career presenters at career fairs.

To support CTE programs financially, Act 76 sets into law guidelines for CTE equipment grants and establishes a program to provide grants to expand pre-apprenticeship programs.
DEP to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Windmill Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing regarding Broad Mountain Power’s application for a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the proposed Broad Mountain Wind Project to be located in Nesquehoning Borough and Packer Township, Carbon County.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-9 p.m. in the Panther Valley High School auditorium, located at 912 Coal Region way in Lansford. The hearing was originally scheduled for Oct. 21 but had to be postponed.

The company plans to construct 21 windmills on a 290-acre tract of land on top of Broad Mountain, which spans both communities. The NPDES permit is required for stormwater discharges associated with the proposed construction activities. Representatives from DEP and Broad Mountain Power will be on hand to listen to the testimony.

Learn more about the hearing, including how to register to testify, here.

Local Firm Awarded State Funding

Congratulations to Heritage Sign and Display Inc. in Nesquehoning, which was awarded $25,000 in state funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an initiative that works with emerging and established companies to create jobs.

The funds will go toward the design of a new sign product and to increase manufacturing efficiency.
Economic Update

Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for October were $120 million higher than estimated. So far this fiscal year, collections have exceeded expectations by $164 million. Learn more about the state’s finances here.
Thanks for Inviting Me!

It was a pleasure to talk about state government with this group of Girl Scouts, Daisies, Juniors, Brownies and their parents on Wednesday. These young ladies from Lehighton and Palmerton are bright and full of energy!
Dining Out?

A new app from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is helping state residents make their dining out decisions.

EatSafePA provides access to thousands of restaurant and retail food establishment inspection reports, including violations and inspector comments. Users can either enable their location services or manually search by restaurant, business name, city or ZIP code.

EatSafePA is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.
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