Aug. 23, 2019

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 The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Roadwork Ahead

PennDOT tells us that a paving project is scheduled to get underway on Monday, Sept. 16, along sections of State Route 2033/Chestnut Hill Church Road and State Route 2025/Powder Valley Road in Lehigh County.

Chestnut Hill Church Road will be paved between State Route 2029/Limeport Pike and State Route 2040/Church View Road. Powder Valley Road will be paved between State Route 2029/Palm Road and State Route 29/Chestnut Street. The $860,000 project also includes guide rail updates, pavement marking upgrades and other miscellaneous construction work.

It is highly unlikely either road will be fully closed at any time during the project which is scheduled for completion next July. There will be lane restrictions with flagging as the contractor works on one half of the roadway at a time.
 
 
 
 
PA ABLE Savings Program Experiences Rapid Growth

A state program designed to help people with qualified disabilities save for future disability-related expenses has more than doubled its assets in just one year, reflecting the high level of popularity and need for this savings option.

PA ABLE provides a tax-advantaged way for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families to save.

Administered by the State Treasury, the program has more than $18.4 million in assets, up from $8.6 million in July 2018. More than 2,500 PA ABLE accounts have been opened since the program launched in 2017.

Participation does not jeopardize access to state and federal programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (savings up to $100,000) and Medical Assistance. But it does allow for savings to be used to pay for any qualified disability-related expense including housing, education, health care and assistive technology to improve quality of life.

For more information, visit www.PAABLE.gov or call 1-855-529-ABLE (2253).
 
 
State Grants Available for First Responders

Fire companies and ambulance services in the 131st Legislative District are encouraged to apply for state funding from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open the first week of September and remain open for 45 days. Learn more here.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds.
 
 
New Partnership to Protect Pennsylvania Wildlife

 

This week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced a new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to better address diseases that are threatening the state’s wildlife, including chronic wasting disease and West Nile virus.

Twelve employees will be dedicated to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, helping to define wildlife diseases, their impacts and how to best manage them.

The program was established under a five-year, $10 million contract financed by the commission. Learn more here.
 
 
Hunter-Trapper Education Courses Available

State law requires all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, to successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

Prospective hunters age 16 years or older may complete the study course entirely online. Or you may sign up for one of the classes being offered near you.

For a searchable database of classes currently scheduled, click here.
 
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