May. 31, 2024

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Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge Dedication Ceremony
I had the honor of hosting a very special bridge dedication ceremony at American Legion Post 421 in Newville yesterday to celebrate the legislation I authored to amend into Act 17 of 2023 designating the bridge carrying PA Route 641 over Big Spring Creek on the border of Newville Borough and West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, as the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge. SFC Shughart, a medal of honor recipient, gave his life to protect his brothers in arms, and honoring him with a bridge naming is just one way we can be reminded daily of his bravery and sacrifice, and historically, remind ourselves that freedom isn’t free.

Shughart died in service to his country on Oct. 3, 1993, during the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia. He was a resident of Newville and attended Big Spring High School. He joined the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the elite Delta Force unit. Shughart was killed during a rescue operation of two downed Blackhawk helicopters. The mission was featured in the book and movie titled, “Blackhawk Down.” For his bravery and ultimate sacrifice, Shughart was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.                                    

You can watch the full ceremony here.

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Memorial Day Celebrations in the 199th
On Sunday, I attended the Boiling Springs Memorial Day Parade and Picnic sponsored by The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 held at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children's Lake.

On Memorial Day, I attended several services in the 199th including the Carlisle Memorial Day Service presented by the Joint Council of Carlisle, the Army Heritage and Education Center Memorial Day ceremony and the Newville Memorial Day service hosted by the Joint Veterans Council of Newville. It was inspiring to speak to so many of our families honoring past military heroes and to honor those who gave their last measure in service to our great nation.


Girl Scouts of the 199th
On Wednesday, the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) from the 199th came to visit my district office and participated in an investiture and pinning ceremony as I joined Troop PA, the honorary Girl Scout Troop comprised of female legislators. I even brought my very own sash to show them that Girl Scouts lay a great foundation for future leaders! I was very happy to meet with these young ladies and to see so many girls in my district participating in Scouting.

April 2024 Financial Brief
With Tax Day 2024 in the rearview mirror, the financial future of the Commonwealth is becoming slightly more defined. General Fund revenues for the month of April exceeded the official monthly estimate by $373 million and Year-To-Date (YTD) collections are exceeding the official estimate by $739 million, driven primarily by the Corporate Net Income Tax and Treasury Investment Earnings.

While exceeding the official monthly and YTD estimates may seem encouraging on
the surface, there are alarming warning signs just below. General Fund revenues only exceeded collections of the prior year by 1.4%, with tax revenues growing a mere 0.2% during this same time period. Sales and Use Tax (SUT), and Personal Income Tax, fell short of official monthly estimates for April, and remarkably, SUT unveiled a negative growth rate when compared to April 2023. Click here to read more.

Back in Session
I will be back in session next week, with bills, resolutions and hearings on the agenda.

Bills On 2nd Consideration:
House Bill 851 Parker,D: Public School Code/providing for Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program.

House Bill 1367 Daley,M: Public School Code/mental health training for high school coaches.
House Bill 1867 Venkat: A Title 40/prohibiting mandatory electronic credit card payment fees
charged to health care providers for reimbursement of in-network
clinical services.

House Bill 2235 Haddock,J: Meat Packing & Food Processing Protection Act/providing for regulation of the meat packing and food processing industry by
creating facility health and safety committees in the workplace.

Bills On 3rd Consideration:
House Bill 2233 Curry,G: Title 75/towing during an emergency as instructed by law enforcement.
House Bill 2251 Neilson,E: Title 75/expediting junk titling for abandoned vehicles.
Senate Bill 1018 Kearney,T: Title 2/provide protection for child victims and witnesses.

Grant Opportunity for Archival Records
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are now accepting applications for the Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. The application deadline is Aug. 1.

Funding is available for historical records repositories, such as historical societies, libraries, universities, local governments and school districts for collections care.

Individual grants will be funded up to $5,000 with no match required. Collaborative grants will allow two organizations to apply jointly for up to $10,000 or three organizations to apply collaboratively for up to $15,000, no match required. Funding is provided by PHMC.

The HARC program is designed to improve the preservation of historically valuable original records.

Applicants are required to use the web-based electronic grant application process (eGrant). For grant program guidelines and eGrant application instructions, visit the HARC grant web page.

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