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This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties, as well as many communities in Huntingdon County, 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.
Consumer Protection Event
I am partnering with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro to bring a consumer protection event to our community. The goal is to engage with our neighbors to provide education, answer questions and assist in filing complaints.
If you’re looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and scams or have questions about financing – then this event is for you.
Questions about protecting you and your children from online dangers and other issues that we as consumers face each day will also be addressed.
$1.87 Million in School Safety Grants Awarded to Local Schools
School safety grants totaling $1.87 million were awarded to 14 of our local school districts. A safe and secure learning environment is an important part of our ongoing commitment to providing a quality education for Pennsylvania students. This funding is vital for our communities to help provide school districts with access to the tools they need to achieve.
School districts and other entities in our area that will receive grants include:
Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.
The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.
A total of approximately $53.7 million was awarded for 524 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. PCCD received a total of 970 applications totaling $134.5 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.
In spite of the popularity and importance of the program, Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposed to cut $45 million from the program next year — a 75-percent reduction. Senate Republicans have made restoring this funding a top priority in budget negotiations.
Budget Hearings Ongoing
The Senate is in the midst of a marathon of public hearings on Governor Wolf’s proposed state budget for the 2020-21 Fiscal Year. During the hearings, the Appropriations Committee hears detailed reports from cabinet secretaries and other state officials over a three-week period. More information on the budget, as well as photos, audio and video from the hearings, is available at: www.pasenategop.com/state-budget/
Make PA Count!
Now is the time! The 2020 Census is underway, and I urge you to fill out your Census form. Please encourage relatives, friends and neighbors to fill out and return their forms as well.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation’s population, and the results are vitally important to our state. This once-a-decade federal requirement generates information that helps businesses, researchers, and communities make important decisions. It also determines congressional representation, and is used to direct hundreds of billions in federal funding to communities nationwide for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services. So please, take the time to be counted. To learn more, click here.
Reminder to Follow Me on Social Media
My Facebook page provides not only legislative updates but those all-important PennDOT construction updates for our district. I also enjoy posting pictures of local constituents that I meet and information on other local events happening in our neighborhoods and communities there and on Instagram at @SenatorJakeCorman. You also can follow me on Twitter – my handle is @JakeCorman. On Twitter, I tend to provide more of a news update of everything going on legislatively in Harrisburg and the district. If you haven’t already, check out my social media pages.
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