REAL ID Update
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REAL ID Update: Get Your Docs Early

PennDOT has launched a public awareness campaign outlining the steps for residents who wish to get a REAL ID-compliant driver license.

Although the REAL ID products will not be available until 2019, PennDOT encourages residents who want them to obtain any required documents in plenty of time. Those documents include birth certificates with the raised seal, Social Security card, proof of all legal name changes and two proofs of current Pennsylvania address. My office can help with obtaining copies of the birth certificates, which can take up to four to six months.

The federal government has extended the deadline for REAL ID compliance in Pennsylvania to Oct. 10, 2018, so current driver licenses and identifications are still accepted for domestic air travel and entry into certain federal facilities.

More information about REAL ID is available here and more information about birth certificates is available here.
State Grant for Coopersburg

Congratulations to Coopersburg Borough, Lehigh County, for being awarded a $127,500 state grant for the development of the Liberty Bell Trail.

The work will include construction of a half mile of trail and trailhead, ADA access and landscaping.

The funding was made possible through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which provides financial assistance in the development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.
Improving the Unemployment Compensation System

As a way to force accountability in the unemployment compensation (UC) system while ensuring that it efficiently serves its customers, legislation passed the House this week to ensure the completion of long-awaited computer system updates and an end to state supplemental funding.

House Bill 1915, which was sent to the Senate, would propose a four-year exit strategy to provide the money necessary to complete the computer upgrades and then bring an end to the funding.

In total, the legislation would provide about $115.2 million in additional funding for the Department of Labor and Industry to implement a modern, efficient UC system and transition to a budget that can be covered by federal funding totaling approximately $130 million per year to operate the UC program.

From 2012 to 2016, federal funding has decreased by 24 percent, but initial claims processed by the Pennsylvania UC program actually decreased by 31 percent. With fewer claims to process, fewer employees are needed, especially once an updated computer system is in place.
Economic Update

The Commonwealth’s General Fund revenue collections for November were $2.3 billion, which was $27 million more than anticipated. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections of $11.4 billion are above the official estimate by $26 million. Learn more here.
2018 Dog Licenses Available

A reminder that all dogs in Pennsylvania that are three months and older must be licensed by Jan. 1, 2018. You can purchase a 2018 license through your local county treasurer’s office.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. Learn more here.
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