Mar. 05, 2020 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong#  The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Hearings on Governor’s $36 Billion Budget Proposal Conclude


The first step of the budget process is now complete, as the House Appropriations Committee concluded its in-depth review of our state agencies’ funding needs this week.

For the last three weeks, members of the committee examined overspending during the current year’s budget. The committee heard testimony from state agencies in order to identify areas of problem spending or items that should have been anticipated during the budget negotiation process.

With the hearings now finished, lawmakers can move forward with developing a state budget that funds the core functions of government while also being considerate of the taxpayers who will foot the bill.

Additional information about the 2020-21 state budget proposal, as well as archived video of the budget hearings, may be found here.  
 
 
Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program in Effect


As of Wednesday, March 4, drivers speeding through certain active work zones in the state could find themselves being cited for the offense through the new Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program.

Designed to slow traffic and improve safety for both highway workers and travelers, the program is being operated by a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and Pennsylvania State Police.

Beginning this week, motorists found to be speeding will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense, and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

In 2018, there were 1,804 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 23 fatalities, and 43% of work zone crashes resulted in fatalities and/or injuries. Since 1970, PennDOT has lost 89 workers in the line of duty. The PA Turnpike has lost 45 workers since 1945.
  
 
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend


Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before going to bed.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms should also be replaced every 10 years.
 
 
Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is now accepting applications for its summer employment program. Available positions include toll collector, maintenance, clerical, engineering and information technology.

All eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. Applicants will also be subject to a Pennsylvania criminal background check screening.

All applications must be submitted online at www.paturnpike.com/employment, and applicants should select “Summer Work” in the first step of the registration process. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Friday, April 10. 
 
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