Apr. 05, 2019

Road and Bridge Construction in Our Area

This is the season for road and bridge construction in our area.

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Ross Township and the city of Pittsburgh are closed to traffic long-term 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.
TigerThon A Huge Success at North Allegheny

Kids helping kids beat cancer! I am so proud of the North Allegheny School District and our community.

This weekend, the North Allegheny School District hosted its fifth annual TigerThon, a six-hour dance marathon in which students from grades K-12 raised money for local organizations dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.

Students, faculty, parents and even grandparents danced to culminate the school’s year-long efforts to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. With outstanding support, North Allegheny surpassed its goal of $50,000 and raised $100,925.81 so that NO CHILD NEEDS TO FIGHT ALONE.

My son, Matt, served as the co-captain for the North Allegheny Intermediate School, which is made up of ninth- and 10th-grade students. Words cannot express how delighted I am that Matt and his classmates worked non-stop to make TigerThon such a huge success.

I believe in the dignity of every human life. All of us must to come together and help those who are in need!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

 Pictured with my son Matt is Jordan Richards; co-captain, North Allegheny Intermediate School.

 Matt is flanked by committee members Logan Schillat (left), and Joe Manesiotis.

Trout Season is Coming Up!

Attention anglers! The statewide opening day of trout season is coming up on Saturday, April 13.

Be sure to purchase your fishing license, available at more than 700 issuing agents across the state and at county treasurers’ offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

New this year are several voluntary permits anglers can purchase to provide financial support to specific programs or projects. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90). The prices listed are for annual permits; however, the voluntary permits may also be purchased for a period of three years, five years or 10 years. Click here for details about how funds generated by the sale of the permits will be used.

For more information about fishing in PA, visit fishandboat.com.
On the Road to IUP


This week, I traveled to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to meet with its President Michael Driscoll and his cabinet.

The work the university is doing with the Culinary Arts Program, the Imagine Unlimited Campaign and renovation of existing campus facilities is outstanding.

I saw firsthand that President Driscoll and the administration at IUP is coming up with innovative ways of educating students so they will be able to enjoy the working world and adjust well to good-paying careers.
Supporting First Responders in PA

With fire and emergency medical service organizations across the state struggling due to a lack of volunteers and financial resources, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees held an informational meeting to discuss recommendations put forth late last year to address these challenges.

According to testimony offered at the meeting, the decline of volunteers in fire and EMS services across the state is having a significant impact on municipalities’ ability to reliably and safely provide public safety services to their citizens.
Lawmakers were encouraged to consider incentives such as tax credits or college loan forgiveness programs to help recruit new volunteers. Affordable and accessible training wa also encouraged to remove barriers to volunteering.                                    

Learn more here.
Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids

To help high school and college students make smart money decisions, Pennsylvania is launching a new program called the “FinLit Forum.”

The conference-style program involves multiple state and nonprofit agencies that provide high school and college students with critical financial knowledge to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

The program addresses many “real life” financial issues of young people, including banking basics, introduction to budgeting, understanding credit reports and scores, scams and identity theft, insurance 101, and financial aid.

Learn more here.
Tax Day Approaching

The Monday, April 15, deadline to file your federal, state and local taxes is fast approaching.

If you received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2018, you must file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return by midnight on April 15.

You can file online for free through PAdirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system by clicking here.

If you want to use an online tax preparing service, Pennsylvania has deals with certain providers for free e-filing. You can learn more about these services by clicking here.

Income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center, or by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvanians can also visit a Department of Revenue district office for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at these offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.