In this Update:
Regan Announces Nearly $5 Million in Grants for Cumberland and York Counties
Yesterday I sent a press release to local media announcing nearly $5 million in state grant funding that is being awarded to projects in communities across the 31st Senatorial District. Click here to read the full release detailing the projects and funding amounts.
Constituent Recognized for Hall of Fame Induction
On Monday, I welcomed constituent, Mark McGahen, a fellow Cedar Cliff High School graduate to the Capitol, where I presented him with a citation. Mark was inducted at the beginning of the month into the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. He has competed in softball for 48 years, and since 2004, Mark has been on teams that have won many state and national championships, as well as two world championships.
Regan Attends St. Theresa Boys Basketball Send-Off Pep Rally
This week I had the repeat honor of helping to pump up students and staff at a pep rally as Saint Theresa School in New Cumberland sent their boys’ basketball team, the back-to-back Harrisburg Diocese Champions, off to the PA CYO State Championship. The state CYO tournament will be held at Philadelphia’s Holy Family University. Lead by head coach Jason Grace, the team has an amazing record, 20-3 overall, going into their first game on Friday against St. Catherine’s of Reading. Good luck, Saints!
Oven Industries in Camp Hill Welcomes Regan for Tour, Presentation of Art
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of touring Oven Industries in Camp Hill, a manufacturing group creating innovative technology products. I was very impressed with their facility and some of the unique items that they produce. During my visit, I was presented with a flag and a piece of patriotic art hand painted by a young friend of the folks at Oven Industries, Joseph Roach.
Regan Participates in Hearing on Strengthening Guardianship Laws, Preventing Elder Abuse
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday I attended a joint public hearing of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Aging and Youth Committee on strengthening guardianship laws and preventing elder abuse in Pennsylvania.
When an adult of any age is deemed incapacitated by a court, a professional or family guardian may be appointed to become responsible for making certain decisions on their behalf, including financial, medical and personal matters.
During the hearing, testimony was given by professionals in the elder and disability law fields to provide input on Pennsylvania’s guardianship process. The overall discussion centered on Senate Bill 506, which aims to ensure legal counsel is appointed to represent an individual in a guardianship case, require certification of professional guardians – those who act as guardians for three or more people, and require courts to explore less restrictive alternatives to guardianship.
Budget Hearings Begin March 20
Three weeks of budget hearings held by the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin next week with appearances by the Department of Revenue, Independent Fiscal Office, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Treasurer, Department of Environmental Protection, Auditor General and Office of Attorney General.
The hearings will be used to review Gov. Josh Shapiro’s spending plan and ask administration officials about the need for any proposed expenses. From there, a budget that more appropriately reflects the needs of taxpayers can be developed before the constitutional deadline of June 30.
Livestreams of the hearings and daily recaps will be available here, and I will share updates on this important process each week.
DMVA Mobile Outreach Vans to Serve Vets
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) operates Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans to assist the state’s more than 700,000 veterans. DMVA accredited veteran service officers travel the state to help veterans obtain information and initiate benefit claim paperwork.
There is a wide range of federal, state and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families, and DMVA’s team can be an excellent source of information and assistance. Such benefits include service-connected disability compensation, pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses and state nursing home care.
PennDOT Invites Public Feedback on Transportation
Pennsylvanians are encouraged to submit their feedback using this transportation survey or by emailing comments to RA-PennDOTSTC@pa.gov. Public feedback and survey results will help identify needs and prioritize transportation projects across the state.
PennDOT will also host an online public forum on Wednesday, April 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. Pennsylvanians can ask transportation-related questions to PennDOT leadership and members of the State Transportation Commission during the forum.
The feedback provided will be used to inform Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Program, which is updated every two years. It is the first step in the state’s transportation program planning process and helps to evaluate the system’s performance and opportunities for progress. Learn more about how transportation projects are planned and funded.
Beware of the Secret Shopper Scam
In a current scam, Pennsylvanians are getting text messages, emails and letters inviting them to participate in a research project as a secret shopper without the need for an interview.
A recruiter typically sends a check worth more than the items you buy, so you get to keep the rest as a bonus. They instruct you to deposit the check right away, buy gift cards and provide the scammer with the number and pin on the gift cards. Unfortunately, the check they send is fraudulent and will take a few days to clear. In the meantime, you’ve made the purchases out of your account and sent them off to the scammer.
Read more about the warning signs of this scam. Consumers with any questions or feel they have been victimized by this scam or any similar scams may submit a complaint with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection by visiting the website here, emailing email@example.com or calling 1-800-441-2555.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
What began as a religious holiday for the Irish is now celebrated on March 17 annually by people all across the world.
Saint Patrick, who lived in the fifth century, was credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland.
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” – Irish blessing
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