In this Update:
Regan Joins Student Athletes, Community Organizations at Big 33 Football Classic
I was honored to join the activities at the Big 33 Football Classic this past weekend in Harrisburg and present plaques to the Pennsylvania players. My family and I also had the pleasure of hosting two of the players for the weekend.
The Big 33 organization not only hosts the annual Pennsylvania-Maryland “Super Bowl of High School Football,” but also provides a youth football clinic, a military competition, and activities for some amazing special needs individuals. This weekend was a great reminder of how our community can unite for so many wonderful causes through sports.
Slate Hill Bridge Reopens along Yellow Breeches Creek
I’m pleased that restoration on the Slate Hill Road stone arch bridge was recently completed. This bridge is one of the oldest recorded structures in both Cumberland and York Counties and serves as an important connector of the two counties in the 31st District. The bridge stretches across the Yellow Breeches Creek, which separates Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County and Fairview Township in York County. The bridge is now open for vehicular traffic and once again as a spot for local fishermen and outdoorsmen.
PennDOT Announces Line Painting in Cumberland County
PennDOT announced this week that it will paint new lines in Cumberland County on Route 15, Route 581, and Interstate 83 during overnight hours from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Drivers are encouraged to maintain a safe following distance and be patient until the crews can move from travel lines to allow vehicles to pass safely.
Rally Against Tolling Interstate Bridges Set for June 8
The “No P3 Bridge Tolling Coalition” will be holding a rally on the Capitol steps on Wednesday, June 8th at 10am. Representatives of local communities, including Cumberland County Commissioners, have been invited to speak against the Wolf administration’s plan to toll nine interstate bridges, including the I-83 South Bridge connecting Cumberland and Dauphin Counties.
The bridge tolling initiative will cost the average commuter an additional $1,000 per year and was moved through the process without legislative input or approval. Commonwealth Court recently halted the plan, in a case that was actually brought by Cumberland County and several local municipalities that challenged the plan as unconstitutional. The administration has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
The administration’s plan would add tolls to the following bridges:
The Senate approved Senate Bill 382, which I am a co-sponsor of, to halt the tolling and require more transparency in the Public-Private Partnership process, which produced the tolling plan. Governor Wolf has threatened to veto the measure. The rally will be streamed live at PASenateGOP.com and Facebook.com/PASenateGOP.
Senate Committee Acts to Protect Women’s Sports
Legislation to protect women’s sports in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate Education Committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.
Under House Bill 972, an athletic team or sport designated for females, women or girls may not be open to biological males. In addition, a student deprived of an athletic opportunity would be able to file a lawsuit against the offending college or high school.
More than a dozen states passed similar legislation after women’s sports organizations were pressured to allow biological males to compete on their teams.
Scammers are Targeting Student Loan Borrowers
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency warns that recent reports about potential broad-based federal loan forgiveness and other changes to student loan programs are creating opportunities for scammers to target student loan borrowers.
One of the recent scams attempts to convince borrowers that there are new student loan rules in place that require immediate action. Scammers typically promise unrealistic amounts of loan forgiveness, offer short cuts to loan forgiveness, or try to get a borrower’s Federal Student Aid ID or other personal information and then rush them into paying immediately.
Scammers will often use the U.S. Department of Education’s name and seal to give it legitimacy.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
June 6 is the Anniversary of D-Day
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.” — Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, on the eve of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944
More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard march across Europe, to defeat occupying German troops. We must never forget the brave, young men who confronted a danger few can imagine in the name of liberty.