In this Update:
Girls Wrestling Hits Major Milestone in PA
Over the past several years, girls wrestling has been one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, where the sport hit a major milestone this month with the creation of the 100th girls wrestling program in the state.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) required 100 programs to be created in order for the sport to be sanctioned statewide. This means that girls wrestling could host its own state-sanctioned championships as soon as next year!
My colleague Representative Ann Flood and I invited girls wrestlers, coaches, and other advocates to celebrate this momentous achievement at the Capitol this week. You can read more about the event and watch the full video of our news conference here.
REMINDER: There is Still Time to Complete Veterans Survey
Our veterans have earned a special place of honor and distinction in our society for their dedicated service to our nation. In recognition of their sacrifices, it is critical for us to make sure our vets can access the benefits they earned through their service in the military.
I am inviting veterans and their family members to complete a brief, four-question survey on the availability and accessibility of veterans’ benefits. The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete, and the results will be helpful to me as we consider legislation that impacts our veterans.
You can take the survey here: https://redesign.senatorscottmartinpa.com/legislative-survey/.
Senate Launches Hearings into Train Derailment at Pennsylvania-Ohio Border
The Pennsylvania Senate is holding hearings on the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals near the Pennsylvania border.
The derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, near the border with Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was followed by a “controlled burn” of train cars containing vinyl chloride.
The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a hearing today in Beaver County on the emergency response to the train derailment and subsequent controlled chemical burn. On February 27, the Senate Transportation Committee will conduct a hearing on hazardous materials transported by rail in Pennsylvania.
The public is invited to submit questions to the Senate Transportation Committee here.
Friday Deadline for Business Taxpayers to Sign Up for New Online State Tax-Filing System
Business taxpayers in Pennsylvania are encouraged to sign up for an account on myPATH – the new online system that enables them to register, file and pay their state taxes through the Department of Revenue – before the old system goes offline this Friday.
The myPATH system was created to replace the prior online filing system known as e-TIDES, which the Department of Revenue will retire on Friday, Feb. 24. Taxpayers no longer will be able to use e-TIDES after that day. They will need to use myPATH to file their taxes.
Businesses can migrate their prior account information from e-TIDES into their new myPATH accounts.
An informational website about myPATH features step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on switching over, and an online customer service center can help taxpayers who still need assistance.
Resources for Understanding Military Benefits and Tax Filing
Resources are available to help members of the military and veterans during tax season.
For Pennsylvania state taxes, this U.S. Army site provides information on:
For federal taxes, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information on how veterans can maximize their tax benefits. It covers what’s taxable and what’s not and includes AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, which offers free tax help to anyone, with a focus on taxpayers who are 50 and older and have low to moderate incomes.
Heart Healthy: How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is often called the silent killer. You might not have symptoms, but it’s a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Monitoring your own blood pressure at home can help you keep your blood pressure under control.
Understanding the risks posed by high blood pressure is one step you can take to be heart healthy during American Heart Month.
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