Mar. 15, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup

 The latest news from the State Capitol

 
Matching Good-Paying Jobs with the Right Training

House Republicans are focusing on good jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

This week, a package of bills that will help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

This package includes bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate a state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities.

Improving the way CTE works in Pennsylvania also would include putting at least one K-12 career and technical center administrator on each Workforce Development Board and creating a database with information on where courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.

Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA at PaHouseGOP.com/goodjobs
 
 
Health Committee Focuses on Employment Barriers in Health Care

As a member of the House Health Committee, this week, I participated in an informational meeting to receive testimony about the difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care professionals to Pennsylvania.

Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of Pennsylvania. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, we will continue to look at ways to remove these barriers and help improve training for all of these critical health care positions.
 
 
Funding Available to Help Volunteer Fire Companies Combat Wildfires

Funding is now available to help our rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas.

The grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, are available to local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Priority will be placed on projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.

Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.

This is a cost-share program. Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures, including expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement. The maximum grant for 2019 is $10,000.

In 2018, almost $647,000 was awarded to 132 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common.

The grant program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and applications are due to the agency no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Applicants must apply online and may do so by clicking here.
 
 
Report Potholes to PennDOT

With the thaw out of spring comes the growth of potholes on Pennsylvania’s roads.
Extreme fluctuations in temperatures, coupled with an active snow season, can contribute to more potholes on our roads.

To help combat potholes and prevent them from becoming a danger to vehicles and drivers on the road, you can report potholes to PennDOT.

You can report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or by clicking here to file a report online.

 
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