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Saturday, Nov. 26th – Celebrate Small Business
After the Thanksgiving holiday, on Saturday, November 26, join in celebrating Small Business Saturday – a nationwide event designed to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses and to celebrate the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
There’s plenty to celebrate! Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1 million small businesses employing 2.4 million individuals — which equals about half of the state’s private workforce. Small businesses play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy — accounting for 98.2 percent of businesses in the state — and their impact is evident across a variety of business sectors, ranging from professional services to retail, construction, and health care to manufacturing, education, and more.
I encourage you to join in our celebration and shop local along our main streets this Saturday. The Delaware County Chamber of Business has information on their website as does the Chester County Chamber of Business on their website where you may search for small businesses in our local communities.
PA/NJ Tax Agreement
I am pleased to learn this week that New Jersey Governor Christie changed his mind about ending an arrangement that would have punished 125,000 Pennsylvanians working in New Jersey and cost the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approximately $5 million.
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has indicated that their website will be updated shortly to reflect the fact that the agreement will not end as had been anticipated upon Governor Christie’s announcement in September.
This week, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty issued the following statement about Pennsylvania’s tax reciprocal agreement with New Jersey, “for nearly forty years this agreement has been in the mutual interest of creating jobs and opportunities in the region. We empathize with Pennsylvania employers and payroll companies that have been preparing for this change in policy and we regret the time and resources spent in order to be in compliance.”
Senate Accomplishments – 2015-2016 Legislative Session
As we end the month of November and the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, I am proud to have been part of many of the Senate accomplishments to date. Last June, we rejected the Wolf’s Administration’s efforts to enact massive, broad-based tax increases. We also adopted Act 39 of 2016 and Act 166 of 2016, taking the first steps in getting the Commonwealth out of the liquor business by providing for the private sale of wine at restaurants and grocery stores, as well as making many other changes that will result in increased customer convenience. With passage of Act 16 of 2016, Pennsylvania doctors will be able to use medical cannabis to treat chronic pain and children suffering seizures. We also accomplished sending a series of bills to the Governor to confront the crisis affecting a growing number of Pennsylvania communities by preventing and treating addiction to opioids and heroin. An informational summary of the Senate’s major accomplishments during the 2015-16 Legislative Session can be found here: www.pasenategop.com/blog/2016/11/18/2015-2016-senate-accomplishments/.
Next Week – Brookhaven Road Lane Closure Scheduled
On Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29, from 9am to 3pm, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced this week that Brookhaven Road will be reduced to a single lane between Waterville Road and Creekside Drive in Brookhaven Borough, Delaware County, for bridge seal replacement. Traffic will be controlled by flagging.
Upcoming – State Route 322 Improvement Project Public Meeting
On Wednesday, December 14 at 6pm, please plan to join Representative Steve Barrar and I for a public meeting regarding the Route 322 improvement project. The meeting will be held at the Concord Township Municipal Building, 43 Thornton Road, Glen Mills.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials will be in attendance to share plans for the upcoming construction on Route 322, Sections 101 and 102.
Please RSVP by calling my office 610-358-5183 or Representative Steven Barrar’s office 610-358-5925. We hope to see you there.
How We Can Help You
Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:
Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:
Nether Providence Township Building
Edgmont Township Building
Borough of Marcus Hook
Kennett Township Building
The Chester Township Municipal Building
How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive