Savings Program to Support People with Disabilities Experiences Rapid Growth
9/6/2019
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Savings Program to Support People with Disabilities Experiences Rapid Growth



A state program designed to help people with qualified disabilities save for future disability-related expenses has more than doubled its assets in just one year, reflecting the high level of popularity and need for this savings option.

PA ABLE provides a tax-advantaged way for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families to save.

Participation does not jeopardize access to state and federal programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (savings up to $100,000) and Medical Assistance. But it does allow for savings to be used to pay for any qualified disability-related expense including housing, education, health care and assistive technology to improve quality of life.

Administered by the State Treasury, the program has more than $18.4 million in assets, up from $8.6 million in July 2018. More than 2,500 PA ABLE accounts have been opened since the program launched in 2017.

For more information, visit www.PAABLE.gov or call 1-855-529-ABLE (2253).
 
 
Fighting Back Against Spotted Lanternfly


Recognizing the devastating impact the ongoing spread of spotted lanternfly could have on key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again inviting students to help spread the word about this threat.

For the second year in a row, first- through eighth-grade students are being invited to submit entries in a calendar contest designed to educate people about this invasive insect that was first identified in Berks County but has since spread to more than a dozen counties in the eastern and central regions of the state. Spotted lanternfly could be devastating to the state’s grape, hops and hardwoods industries.

All entries must include one fact about spotted lanternfly with artwork created by the student in an 11-by-17-inch, horizontal poster format. A completed contest submission form must be attached or emailed with each entry. All entries must be original artwork; no copies will be accepted.

More than 800 entries were received for the 2018 calendar contest. This year’s competition runs through Oct. 31. For contest rules and additional information, click here. 
 
 
Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program Now Accepting Applications


A new grant program established as part of the 2019-20 state budget to help grow our Commonwealth’s agriculture industry is now accepting applications.

The Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program will provide funding up to $50,000 to meat processing businesses with annual sales of less than $2.5 million and fewer than 10 employees.

The goal of the program is to increase the supply of locally produced meat products for local consumption. The funding is to be used to help small processors meet federal inspection and certification requirements.

The deadline to apply for the Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program is Monday, Sept. 30 and online applications are available here.

More information is available at www.agriculture.pa.gov.
 
 
Schedule Your Capitol Tour!


President Theodore Roosevelt called Pennsylvania’s state Capitol “the handsomest building” he ever saw. Tours of the historic building, which highlight its artistic and architectural features as well as provide information about state government, are offered daily for individuals and groups of up to 80 people.

Tour reservations can be made by calling the Capitol tour office directly at 1-800-868-7672, or contact my district offices (listed below) and we’ll be happy to set it up for you. When you call, have your group name, total number of participants and contact information ready.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, but all visitors interested in touring the Capitol are encouraged to make reservations in advance.

Tours are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin at the top of the hour and every half hour. The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the size of the group.

You may also explore the Capitol using the self-guided tour mobile app available at Google Play and the App Store. Self-guided tours may only be done on regular weekdays.

More information about visiting the Capitol is available here.
 
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