Yudichak works to help homeowners access clean energy program
WILKES-BARRE — Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation — Senate Bill 635 — sponsored by State Senator John Yudichak, I=Swoyersville, and State Representative Doyle Heffley, R-122, that will expand the Pennsylvania Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (C-PACE).
Under Senate Bill 635, the C-PACE program will create greater opportunities for landowners to access private capital and long-term financing to implement energy efficiency, conservation water and clean energy for agricultural, commercial and industrial properties.
Nationally, C-PACE programs have leveraged more than $2 billion in private investment and created more than 24,000 new jobs.
Senate Bill 635 extends the C-PACE program to multi-family commercial buildings and expands the scope of projects covered by the program to include upgrades to ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality and reduce transmission of COVID-19 and improvements in weather resilience.
“The C-PACE program has proven to be a valuable tool for property owners looking to retrofit their properties with clean energy and energy efficiency projects,” Yudichak said. “Senate Bill 635 is a great example of how public-private partnerships can combine good public policy with private funding to improve the quality of life in our communities. »
Similarly, indoor air quality improvements include ventilation projects that reduce exposure to indoor contaminants, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boback Purple Star School
invoice sent to the governor’s office
Legislation to establish the Purple Star school program in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, was sent this week to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature after a vote of approval in the House of Representatives.
The Purple Star school program supports military-bound children when they move to new schools due to a parent’s change of duty station. Military-related children include those of active-duty military and National Guard and Reserves.
“The Purple Star designation indicates that a school strives to support the social and emotional well-being of children from military families adjusting to new schools,” Boback said. “These students have unique needs as they deal with frequent moves and new classmates.”
Under the 1867 House Bill, public and non-public schools in Pennsylvania would be designated as Purple Star campuses if they demonstrate military-friendly practices and meet certain requirements such as: having a military liaison staff member; a webpage that includes resources for military students and their families; and professional development opportunities for staff members on military student issues.
The National Police celebrates its 50th anniversary
since the first female soldiers
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) celebrated 50 years of women in its ranks today by honoring the trailblazers who broke through its all-male barrier and made history as the first female soldiers in the ‘State.
Fourteen women graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy with the 31st class of cadets, the first to admit female cadets, on July 7, 1972. The surviving members of the group were invited to a ceremony honoring them at the Hershey Academy.
“These women were motivated to enlist by a sense of duty and a genuine interest in police work,” said Col. Robert Evanchick, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their role in breaking down barriers and blazing trails that have helped make this department what it is today.”
The PSP was the first state police agency in the nation to fully integrate female soldiers into the regular command structure. Thus, women in the 31st Cadet Class have held jobs exclusive to men throughout the department’s 67-year history, setting the bar high for female soldiers who have followed in their footsteps.
Kathryn (Hosmer) Doutt became the first woman in department history to lead a bureau when in 1995 she was promoted to major and named director of the Bureau of Patrol. Five years earlier, Doutt became PSP’s first female troop commander when she was assigned to lead K Troop, Philadelphia.
Lucinda Hammond (Hawkins) in 1989 became the first female soldier to receive the Pennsylvania State Police Commendation Medal, one of the department’s highest honors. Hammond and another soldier risked their lives after a violent tractor-trailer accident near Harrisburg, pulling a trapped occupant out of the truck just before it exploded.
The other female cadets in the 31st class are Regina Adams, Jill Bairhalter, Romaine Engle, Judith Galloway, Nancy Lightner, Judith McCarr, Ann Metcalf, Patricia Moe, Kathryn Neville, Mary Connie Rossetti, Doris Sott and Barbara Wharrey.
The State seeks to increase its sales,
export markets for Pa products.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding this week issued a call for proposals for projects aimed at increasing sales of Pennsylvania agricultural products.
The department will award up to $303,000 in matching funds to nonprofit organizations in the Palestinian Authority to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of promotional and educational projects intended to increase consumer awareness and sales or to develop export markets.
“Pennsylvania’s food, fiber and hardwood products are the best in the world, and nonprofits are key partners in telling that story,” Redding said. “These grants are ultimately a win-win situation for our agricultural businesses, the more than 593,000 Pennsylvanians whose jobs depend on them, and for our economy.”
Grants will be awarded to not-for-profit agricultural promotion and marketing organizations in the PA.
Meuser supports legislation to
tackling the youth mental health crisis
Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, recently voted in favor of legislation that improves the focus on mental and behavioral health in the wake of pandemic-driven lockdowns and school closures.
The “Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellness Act” – HR 7666 – contains numerous bipartisan bills and grant reauthorizations that address mental health issues, substance abuse disorders and suicide prevention, especially in children and young adults who continue to struggle with stress and anxiety.
“We have a mental health crisis in America that has been made even more evident by the lockdowns that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Meuser said. “This package makes a tangible improvement to mental health and addictions programs currently offered to children and young adults.”
The law project:
• Addresses the youth mental health crisis by re-authorizing comprehensive community mental health services for children with severe emotional disorders (care system expansion and sustainability grants) and TREE treatment and recovery services for youth and families.
• Establishes a Behavioral Health Crisis Coordination Office within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and requires the office to convene partners and provide technical assistance to improve access to crisis care every year.
• Reauthorizes essential public health programs to meet the nation’s mental health needs, prevent suicide, and support services for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders, including:
• The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Suicide Prevention Program to provide resources to states, tribes and campuses to help prevent suicide, focusing on youth and young adults.
• The Maternal Mental Health Screening and Treatment Grant Program to improve maternal mental health and treatment for substance use disorders.
• The Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Grant Program to improve the integration of pediatric primary care providers with behavioral health care providers via telehealth.
The bill’s expenditures are fully offset and reduce the deficit by $200 million, thanks to savings achieved through a provision on transparency of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).
Benninghoff: The state budget reflects
realities of today and tomorrow
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Center/Mifflin, said this week that the 2022-23 state budget reflects the realities of today and tomorrow by saving for the future economic uncertainty; return of taxpayers’ investment in the Commonwealth; and investing in Pennsylvania students, families, and communities to create a better future.
“This budget avoids the irresponsible temptation to embark on a spending spree, but continues to reflect prudent budgeting practices that, along with combined state appropriations and remaining US bailout spending, continue to keep spending in check. line with growth,” Benninghoff said. said. “This budget also provides for our future by increasing our Rainy Day fund to levels never seen before and preserving surplus dollars to mitigate tax increases or budget cuts in the event an anticipated economic downturn and projected budget deficits become reality. .”
Benninghoff said the state budget and related legislation also includes major policy advancements for Pennsylvanians, such as a historic tax cut for job creators, tax fairness and simplification for small businesses, and the funding for election integrity initiatives.
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