Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!
This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
Senate Reconvenes Monday, June 5
Committee Activity Streamed Live at PASenateGOP.com
Pension Proposal Approved by Senate
On Monday, June 5, the state Senate approved Senate Bill 1, a bill to reform pensions for future public school and state employees. The current proposal contains the same provisions as the October 2016 Conference Committee Report for Senate Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 2202.
Senate Bill 1 moves away from the current risky full defined benefit system, offering a side-by-side hybrid option that pairs a 401 (k) DC component with a smaller defined benefit component. Additionally, Senate Bill 1 provides new and current employees with the option of a 401 (k) DC style plan.
The plan also places future (new) hires in one of three retirement plan options: 1) A full 401 (k) DC style option, 2) a DB/DC side-by-side hybrid with a 1.0 multiplier at a lower employee cost (7.50), 3) a DB/DC side-by-side hybrid with a 1.25 multiplier at an increased employee cost (8.25).
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Various Election Topics Impacting PA
The Senate State Government Committee will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday June 6 at 11AM in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building – Capitol Complex.
The topic of the hearing will be an overview of various election issues impacting Pennsylvania, including and not limited to alternative methods of voting and delivery, as well as poll workers. The Chairman noted that the hearing is not tied specifically to any legislation. This will be the first of several planned hearings on election reform.
Watch LIVE: http://stategovernment.pasenategop.com/
Upcoming Satellite Hours and Locations
As a means to better serve area residents through increased outreach efforts, the below hours and locations have been added to provide better opportunities for area residents to meet directly with a member of my staff.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Satellite hours and locations will be announced monthly and can be viewed by visiting the Senator’s website at www.senatorgeneyaw.com. Constituents are encouraged to visit any of the satellite locations during scheduled office hours. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.
Constituent services are always available at Senator Yaw’s Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.
On Thursday, June 1, I talked with local manufacturers and Innovative Manufacturers Center (IMC) representatives from the Williamsport region. IMC helps Central Pennsylvania manufacturers tap into the most effective regional, state and national resources in order to innovate and grow their businesses.
Funding Grant and Opportunities Corner
Community Development Financial Institutions Funds has announced the availability of funding through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. This program provides tax incentives for investments in business or economic projects in distressed rural or urban counties, including capital investments in healthcare facilities. Investors give to Community Development Entities who then offer low-interest financing to businesses. Deadline: 6/21/2017. Visit the website here for details.
State Farm is offering grants through the "State Farm Neighborhood Assist," a program which provides grants of $25,000 for projects related to safety, community development or education. The program awards grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development. Deadline: 6/21/2017, or until 2,000 applications are received, whichever comes first . For more information on this opportunity, click here.
Wells Fargo is providing financial resources to local nonprofit housing organizations to create affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) people through its Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP). This is a small grants program with an average size of approximately $7,500. The grants are provided for costs directly associated with programs or projects focused on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. Deadline: 6/30/2017. To learn more and apply, click here.
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants through the Foundation’s Community Partners grant program to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted from 7/3/2017 to 8/25/2017 . Visit the company’s website here to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz.
USDA is offering grants through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and Federally recognized Tribes are eligible to apply for this funding. The maximum grant is $150,000. Deadline: 7/24/2017. Click here for application guidelines.
DEP’s new “News and Views” E-newsletter Launched
DEP's monthly newsletter brings you information about hot topics, recent department actions, regulatory updates, webinars and upcoming events.
To sign up, click here.
Elementary Students Visit the State Capitol
6/1/2017 Troy Intermediate School
Students and teachers from Troy Intermediate School, Bradford County, visited and toured the State Capitol Building last week.