In this Update:
Fiscal Restraint Means More Good News for PA’s Financial Position
Pennsylvania received another welcome piece of financial news last week: S&P Global upgraded our financial outlook from Stable to Positive.
This comes just two weeks after Moody’s Financial Services offered a similar assessment of our long-term fiscal outlook – clear evidence that we are on the right path toward achieving a more sustainable state budget.
Both agencies said the rating upgrades were a direct result of building our reserves and avoiding new spending obligations. Senate Republicans have led both efforts in recent years, and we will continue to fight for a budget that is responsible to taxpayers.
Emergency Alert Test Scheduled for Oct. 4
There will be a national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at approximately 2:20 p.m. The test is to ensure the systems continue to effectively warn the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level.
The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. The EAS portion will be sent to radios and televisions.
In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11.
Evaluating Successes and Future School Safety Needs
Pennsylvania has seen tremendous success in providing resources to schools so we can keep our kids safe in the classroom. This includes a law I co-authored in 2018 that created the Safe2Say Something anonymous threat reporting system and the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for priorities like metal detectors, school police officers, and much more.
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution mandating a study of school safety programs to evaluate the successes, outcomes and potential legislative actions that may be needed to strengthen these programs in the years ahead. More details are available here.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Senate passing a significant school safety bill recently that would streamline and improve programs to keep students safe.
License Plate Replacement Event Scheduled for October 3
Community residents who have a damaged license plate can get help replacing it at a free public event I am hosting on Tuesday, October 3 in West Lampeter Township.
The license plate replacement event will be held at the West Lampeter Township Building, located at 852 Village Road, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Police officers will be on-hand to determine whether a plate needs to be replaced, and assistance will also be available to complete the necessary paperwork to replace a plate.
There is no fee for the service, although PennDOT may apply a fee for replacing vanity plates. Once paperwork for a replacement plate is completed, the new plate will arrive by mail at the requesting individual’s home address.
Don’t Miss My Senior Expo on October 13 in East Earl
Local seniors can learn more about programs and services available to them during my senior expo on October 13 in East Earl.
The free public event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. John’s Center United Church of Christ, located at 432 Reading Road. Exhibitors from state, county and local agencies will be on hand to provide information on a wide variety of benefits for older Pennsylvanians.
The event will also include free health screenings, flu shots, door prizes and light refreshments. I hope to see you there!
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