In this Update:
Law Enforcement Grants Awarded to Benefit Cumberland and York Police Departments
This week 197 local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth received funding through a newly established program that was part of the state budget approved by the legislature in July.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced that more than $1.3 million from the Local Law Enforcement Support Program has been awarded for three police departments in the 31st Senatorial District for needs such as in-car cameras, license plate readers, tech upgrades, and new hires, including a mental health therapist.
Congratulations to our local grant recipients, Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County and Newberry Township and York City in York County, as well as other Cumberland County grant recipients outside of the 31st District, Carlisle Borough, East Pennsboro Township, and North Middleton Township.
Regan Tours Holla Spirits in York
Patrick Shorb at Holla, a native of the area, invited me as the Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which oversees issues related to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and our state’s liquor laws. Seeing their operation firsthand allowed me to learn how they have navigated from start-up to successful distillery with products being sold in our state stores. It also served as a way to kickoff my efforts to learn the new areas of my district and meet business owners and community members, and I look forward to continuing to do so in 2023.
Measures Taken to Prevent Tax Hikes and Create Jobs
In the 2021-22 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted measures that shielded Pennsylvanians from tax hikes and reduced the burden on job creators to bring good-paying and family-sustaining jobs to our commonwealth.
We cut the Corporate Net Income Tax to attract employers to Pennsylvania, modernized expense deductions allowing small business owners more flexibility and tax planning opportunities, and provided tax incentives for small businesses to grow and invest in Pennsylvania.
Other steps taken to expand job growth included establishing the Pennsylvania Economic Development for a Growing Economy (PA EDGE) tax credit program and other targeted initiatives directly linked to creating jobs for Pennsylvanians.
Appropriations Monthly Update Highlights Five-Year Budget Outlook, Inflation
Each month, the Senate Appropriations Committee provides an update on the state’s current revenue performance, as well as information on issues of financial importance for Pennsylvania in the months and years to come. These reports help inform the decisions we make in Harrisburg, while providing a critical layer of transparency for you to know how your tax dollars are being utilized.
This month’s edition of the Monthly Report highlights the state’s five-year budget outlook, as well as the impacts of inflation, the state’s new revenue reporting system, and more.
Reports Outline Natural Gas Costs and Readiness this Winter
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has released its 2022 Winter Readiness Overviews covering the reliability and expected cost of natural gas service this winter.
According to the Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, home heating costs are expected to rise significantly over the winter, driven by an estimated 5% increase in consumption (for households that use natural gas as their primary heating fuel), along with a 28% rise in natural gas prices compared to last winter.
Additionally, all of Pennsylvania’s major natural gas distribution companies indicated that they have sufficient supplies and procedures in place to ensure reliable natural gas service this winter. You can find details and local utility reports here.
Making the Holidays Brighter for Military Families and Veterans
Please consider making the holidays brighter for veterans, service members and their families with a tax-deductible donation to any of these support programs run by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control.
Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.
You can also give to Residents’ Welfare Funds at any of the DMVA’s six veterans homes to keep our residents active, healthy and engaged.
You can donate online or by mail to: DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.
To everyone celebrating Hanukkah, I hope these eight days bring you lots of light and joy with family and friends.