Inspired by a home brewing set, Victory Brewing Company employs 422 people in our region. I recently toured their Kennett Square location.
Providing Affordable Housing
Affordable housing is desperately needed in Pennsylvania. For every 100 low-income households in our state, there are only 66 affordable rental units, and for every 100 very low-income households, there are only 38 affordable units available.
This week, I introduced Senate Bill 1185, which will help expand affordable housing opportunities for struggling families. The bill is supported by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, the state’s premier coalition fighting for affordable housing.
This legislative proposal will increase private investment in affordable housing by creating a state housing tax credit. The new tax credit will incentivize private investment in new and existing affordable housing.
In addition to helping families find homes, affordable housing is an economic driver that builds state and local tax bases, creates jobs, provides homes in proximity to workplaces and revitalizes communities.
The state housing tax credit will be modeled after the highly successful federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). LIHTC is the major vehicle for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in this country, yet is oversubscribed. A state housing tax credit will create a new resource that can be used in conjunction with LIHTC. Investors receive a state credit for their contribution.
More information about my Senate Bill 1185 can be found HERE.
It was a tremendous honor to be named Legislator of the Year by the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. I thank our social workers for this award and for all their great work in helping Pennsylvania’s families.
Funding Pediatric Cancer Research
I am co-sponsoring legislation that will provide new funding for pediatric cancer research in Pennsylvania. This legislation has been introduced by Senator Scott Martin.
Under this new legislative proposal, companies may apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for a tax credit after contributing to a pediatric cancer research hospital. Contributions using this tax credit program can total $10 million a year, meaning $100 million can be directed toward pediatric cancer research over a ten year period.
Cancer leads to the death of more children in this country than any other disease. I am hopeful that this legislation will provide much-needed additional research to help find a cure.
More information about this legislation can be found HERE.
New Library Funding
Two libraries in our area have been awarded funding from the state’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.
The Middletown Free Library in Middletown Township is receiving a state grant of $750,000 to renovate and relocate to a former school building, allowing them to increase usable library space from 6,076 square feet to 16,670 square feet.
The Rachel Kohl Library in Concord Township was also awarded an $85,000 state grant to replace an HVAC system and for the addition of natural gas service to its facility.
I urged the state to award these library grants earlier this year.
Libraries play an incredibly important role in the lives of our families. These grants will allow both libraries to continue their mission of providing outstanding services in our region.
The Brandywine Conservancy has preserved over 500 acres of the Brandywine Battlefield. It was great to speak at their event celebrating the purchase of Birmingham Hill. The Conservancy has done a tremendous job saving our land and preserving our country’s heritage.
Community Grants Awarded in Our Area
This week, several state grants totaling nearly $1.5 million were awarded to local communities.
The new state grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. They will enhance the quality of life for our families and help municipalities and local authorities complete important projects.
These are the grants awarded this week:
I earlier announced a $1 million state grant for renovations to Riddle Hospital’s Birthplace facility and another $1 million grant to renovate and expand the Green Ridge Fire House in Aston Township. These two grants were provided by the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program after Governor Tom Wolf released funding for the projects.
I will continue to work to bring our tax dollars back to this area to help our communities.
Mary Burg will be turning 101 years old on October 12th. She resides at Fair Acres and recently had an early birthday celebration. Happy birthday, Mary!
School Safety Grants Available
Local schools are now able to submit applications for Pennsylvania’s new School Safety and Security Grant Program. The program will provide grants of at least $25,000 to help schools create school safety programs, hire and train personnel or purchase security equipment to help provide a safer learning environment for students.
A total of $52.5 million will be distributed through the new grant program, which is open to all Pennsylvania school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions.
Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students and other programs and services to protect students.
School entities must complete and submit an application for the program by October 12th in order to be considered for a grant. Additional information about the program is available under the School Safety and Security heading HERE.
The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available HERE.
I spoke this week at a forum hosted by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce on issues impacting the business community and our families. Senator Tom McGarrigle and Senator Daylin Leach also spoke at this event.
Prepare for Flu Season
As we move away from summer, schools are now back in session, post-vacation workplaces are buzzing with employees and restaurants and businesses are preparing for a busy fall season. These activities all contribute to the spread of influenza.
Health care providers are receiving shipments of the 2018-19 influenza vaccination as we increasingly congregate indoors, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Ideally, vaccination against the flu should occur by the end of October when outbreaks can begin, but may be administered through peak activity in January and beyond. Two weeks are required for the vaccination to become effective.
Learn more below:
This week, I toured Wawa’s corporate headquarters with Senator Tom McGarrigle and Representative Chris Quinn. It is wonderful that this world-class company calls our area home.
Fall Fairs and Festivals in Pennsylvania
Locate your preferred event by region or a town you would like to visit, then choose from the list of facility amenities your family requires. Select Discounts from the drop down menu, including AAA, AARP, group, military, senior, and student.
The 2018 PA Fair Guide also provides a quick list of fairs by region and date. The PA Department of Agriculture’s interactive fair map allows for random choices or selecting details to include date, county, and driving distance.
Assistance for Veterans Available
My partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion to assist veterans at my Brookhaven office, located at 4110 Edgmont Avenue is continuing this month. A representative from this organization will be at my office on Wednesday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I would like to encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment for these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting the office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service will be offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Always Here to Help
My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.
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