Mar. 29, 2019

Workforce Development Bills Pass House


Promoting good-paying, family-sustaining jobs is a key priority for my House Republican colleagues and me.

This week, I stood with other supporters at a Capitol news conference, along with a great group of students from Dauphin County Technical School, who will benefit if the bills are passed by the Senate and signed into law. Our legislation would make it possible for more Pennsylvanians to access high-quality training and find good-paying, family-sustaining careers.

Workforce development was a main focus of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, and a recent survey of employers by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry found “finding qualified candidates” to be the No. 1 concern for companies in Pennsylvania.

The bills passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support last week and are now with the Senate for consideration. After the press conference, I made comments about these important, necessary bills. Click here to view my comments.

Learn more about our workforce development bills and #GoodJobs4PA here.
HOV Improvement Begins Tuesday in Ross Township and Pittsburgh

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Ross Township and the city of Pittsburgh will close beginning Tuesday, April 2.

The HOV Lanes will close to traffic long-term beginning at 3 a.m. Tuesday continuously through mid-June. Crews will conduct concrete patching, inlet modifications, paving operation, installation of anti-icing system, strip sealing on expansion dames, rebuilding of mountable curbs and islands, installation of fact acting gates, installation of new lane control system overhead signs, and pavement marking installation.

The HOV work is part of the $87.94 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project which also includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, HOV repairs, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange. The overall project is anticipated to be complete in mid-June 2019.
Veterans Assistance Available April 26                                    

There is still time to register for veterans outreach hours at my district office in McCandless on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Through this outreach, we have been able to provide some direct links between our veterans and the services and programs available just for them.

Please call my office at 412-369-2230 to schedule an appointment. If you can’t make it on March 22, we have scheduled additional hours that may fit into your busy schedule better. The dates include:
   • May 17, 2019
   • June 21, 2019
   • July 19, 2019
   • Aug. 16, 2019
   • Sept. 20, 2019
   • Oct. 18, 2019
   • Nov. 15, 2019
   • Dec. 20, 2019

My district office is located at 125 Hillvue Lane, first floor, in McCandless.
La Roche College Now La Roche University


I want to report some outstanding news. La Roche College, located in McCandless, has been authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to become La Roche University.

University status will support a growing student population and new academic programs, and it will help La Roche market its offerings to students unfamiliar with its reputation, both domestically and abroad.

In addition, the creation of the La Roche University Lifelong Learning Center will provide academic enrichment and other experiential learning opportunities that enhance the lives of our residents.

Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is now accepting applications to fill summer positions for toll collection, maintenance, clerical and engineering employees.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Employees will work a 40-hour week and will not receive benefits.

All eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. The program is limited to 16 weeks per employee and runs between May 1 and Sept. 30.

All applications MUST be submitted online at under the “Summer Work” selection. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Monday, April 15.
Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors

To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens. While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Ensuring Seniors Stay Eligible for PACE and PACENET

This week, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved a package of bills designed to help seniors in need continue to receive PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits.                                    

House Bill 754 would ensure any individual enrolled in PACE and PACENET as of Dec. 31, 2018, remains eligible if their maximum income limit is exceeded due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.

House Bill 375 would exclude the cashing of savings bonds for seniors age 65 and older from being counted towards income when applying for lottery funded programs, including PACE and PACENET.

The final part of the package, House Bill 684, would remove the value of federal veterans’ disability payments and the value of all state service-connected payments from income eligibility calculations for the PACE and PACENET programs.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Keeping You Informed

This week at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, the House was busy considering additional legislation that is beneficial for all Pennsylvanians. Please click here for more information on the bills that were approved by the House.