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The Weekly Roundup
Friday, January 11, 2019  The latest news from the State Capitol

Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect. Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This new law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.

Preparing Students for High Growth Jobs

Workforce development groups in Lehigh and Montgomery counties received nearly $225,000 in state funding this week to help connect businesses and schools to create job training opportunities for students in our area. The program provides career-related experiences, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in acquiring the technical skills needed by employers in high growth industries.

More than $2.6 million in Business-Education Partnership grants were awarded to 22 local workforce development boards statewide. The grants are federally funded.

Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for December were $2.9 billion. So far this fiscal year, those revenues are more than $400 million higher than expected. Learn more here.

PennDOT Accepting Applications for Student Summer Work Program

PennDOT is currently accepting applications from college students interested in working on a summer maintenance crew or in a variety of other positions. All candidates – both new hires and re-hires – must apply online here. You can find the application link in the “Open Jobs” section. Candidates should also notify my office about their application submission by Friday, Feb. 15.

Veterans Should Review Benefits

As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Veterans should check with a veterans service officer to see if a change in their circumstances or in benefit policies could make them eligible for different programs.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can be found by clicking here.

DMVA officials stress that veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices, and several veterans service organizations available to provide assistance at no cost.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.

PA Farm Show Wraps Up this Weekend

There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, which comes to a close on Saturday.

Learn more about the Farm Show here. The website includes lots of photos and information on local winners.

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