In this Edition:
Wishing You and Your Family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!
We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. From my family to yours, we wish you the warmest greetings and blessings as you enjoy your time with family. May we make every day a day of Thanksgiving.
Monroe County Drought Warning
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for Monroe County. Please visit www.bcrawater.com for more information.
NJ Gov. Christie Keeps Tax Reciprocity Intact
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reversed his decision to end the reciprocal tax agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This agreement is critical to PA residents who commute to work in NJ and allows individuals to pay the tax rate of their home state. Thank you Governor Christie for keeping this agreement intact to protect commuting workers in both PA and NJ.
To read more, please see the article here.
November Episode of Legislative Report
In my November episode of Legislative Report, I interview Jamie Drake, Administrator at the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Tiffany Rossanese, Administrator at the Northampton County Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and John Christy, Monroe County Commissioner. We discuss the growing epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses as well as the programs and resources available to anyone with family or friends suffering from addiction. Since January 2015 (when I was sworn-in as Senator), more than 180 confirmed fatal overdoses occurred within Monroe and Northampton Counties. There is an immediate need for action in Pennsylvania.
Special Edition of Legislative Report
On this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Linda Gerkensmeyer, Executive Director of Integra Home Counseling, and State Representative David Parker regarding the importance of consumer awareness and knowledge when buying a home as well as the state of our housing market in Monroe County. Linda and her organization help families facing foreclosure and guide homeowners through the mortgage modification and refinancing process. Between January 2013 and January 2016, more than 4,295 new foreclosures were filed in Monroe County.
Upcoming Road Work
As construction crews continue road work throughout Pennsylvania, drivers in Monroe and Northampton Counties should consider subscribing to updates from PennDOT District 5. These updates include temporary road delays due to repaving, shoulder repair, crack sealing and much more. Upcoming PennDOT road work schedules for this week in Northampton and Monroe Counties are available. Act 89 projects, such as planned bridge replacements and road reconstruction can be found on the PennDOT projects website.
Pipeline Investment Program State Grants
Businesses, schools, hospitals and local governments can apply for state funds to gain access to a nearby natural gas pipeline. The Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks, existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new jobs while providing access to natural gas for residents. View more here.
Around the 40th District
Pocono Township Bicentennial
Meeting with Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors®
Our Newest Eagle Scout
Northampton County 4-H Achievement Banquet
South Philly Pretzel of Bethlehem Celebrates Grand Opening
Installation of DECA Officers and New Members at MCTI
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
Please join me at 7 a.m. next Thursday on Pocono 96.7 - Gary in the Morning in the car, at work, or in your home. I will be discussing the latest from Harrisburg and answering your questions at 7 AM.
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