In this Update:
Happenings in the 46th
On September 11th, I attended South Strabane Township’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in the Washington Mall parking lot, hosted jointly by the fire and police departments. It was a patriotic and emotional reflection of the events from 22 years ago that took 2,977 innocent lives.
Thank you to Police Chief Drew Hilk and Fire Chief Jordan Cramer for organizing the ceremony. I would also like to recognize American Legion Post 175 for presenting our nation’s colors.
It was also very nice to meet Tammy Shrader, who I bumped into while walking into the event. Tammy started her career as a flight attendant in early 2001 and was in the air during the events of 9/11. We stood side by side during the ceremony.
During the opening ceremonies of this year’s Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest, I was thrilled to present a Senate Citation of Recognition for their 25th anniversary. The three-day celebration of community, fellowship, and heritage continues in downtown Canonsburg through this Sunday, September 17. This is a great event to bring the family to enjoy live music, tasty traditional German beer and food, entertainment, and crafts.
Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position
Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed Pennsylvania’s current bond rating and revised the state’s financial outlook from stable to positive.
As part of its decision to upgrade the commonwealth’s status, Moody’s commended the amount of money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Bolstering our financial safety net has been a top priority in the past three years, and it is encouraging to see those efforts translate to real results.
Because of hard decisions made by Senate Republicans to resist the urge to spend billions and instead embrace smarter budgeting approaches, Pennsylvania’s financial position has improved.
Preparing for Election Day
In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, it’s a great time to prepare for Election Day on Nov. 7. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, you can also double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.
Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You have to be a registered voter to submit an application.
If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are necessary to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.
Free Support Available to Military Members
As a reminder for Suicide Prevention Month, veterans in crisis can call the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line. It serves veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them.
A caring, qualified responder is available to provide confidential support and connect callers with resources 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call 988 and then press 1 or chat online.
Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants
Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit an application for the 2023-24 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.
Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 for fire companies and $15,000 for volunteer ambulance services – increased this year because of legislation supported by Senate Republicans.
Find more information and apply online here by Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.
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