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Senator Killion to Re-Introduce Growing Greener III
I am very excited to announce I will be re-introducing legislation that will help to establish the framework for Growing Greener III, which will aim to protect Pennsylvania’s water, land, forests and other natural resource, while at the same time stimulating the economy and improving the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. This week I circulated a co-sponsorship memo with several of my colleagues.
Since its inception in 1999, the state’s Growing Greener program has funded hundreds of local parks and trail projects, conserved more than 80,000 acres of threatened open space, and restored hundreds of miles of streams and waterways. The program has also protected more than 78,000 acres of farmland, restored more than 1,600 acres of abandoned mine land, and helped reduce flooding and water pollution through 400 watershed protection projects and more than 100 drinking and wastewater treatment improvements.
I am eager to work with the other members of the General Assembly to get this proposal to the Governor’s desk.
Investing in Pennsylvania’s water, land, and other natural resources is not just an investment in every Pennsylvanian, but also one for future Pennsylvanian. To learn more about the Growing Greener III proposal details please visit: http://pagrowinggreener.org/growing-greener-iii/
Senator Killion Participates in Chester City Community Violence Prevention Roundtable
Earlier this week I participated in a community roundtable discussion on strategies to combat violence in Chester City with local and state officials as well as members of law enforcement including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whalen, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, and State Representative Brian Kirkland.
I remain committed to working with all stakeholders to help improve the safety of our communities across the region. I will continue to collaborate with all those present at the meeting to make sure state resources are available to help address this community crisis.
DEP Completes Extensive Environmental Review of Mariner East Project.
Earlier this week the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released news that they have approved Sunoco’s permit application for the upcoming PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 pipeline project.
“I am proud of the immense undertaking our staff took to hold this project accountable within the confines of state law and DEP’s role in this process over the last few years,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This was a huge undertaking – holding five hearings during a 60-day comment period, reviewing permit applications and technical deficiencies for more than 20,000 hours, responding to 29,000 comments, and ensuring Sunoco addressed deficiencies identified in its initial applications.”
DEP has made a commitment to continue to work with the Public Utility Commission, to ensure regulatory standards that protect the environment and ensure public safety, and welfare of local communities remains a top priority. You can monitor the status of the project from DEP’s perspective by visiting the department’s informational page which can be found: here.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Accepting Applications for Grants to Fund Programs to Combat Underage and Dangerous Drinking
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board otherwise known as the (PLCB) is now accepting applications from schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit institutions for two-year grants aimed at reducing underage and dangerous drinking.
This is a great opportunity for these organizations to fund programs that are aimed at discouraging and reducing underage and dangerous drinking habits. The deadline to apply for these grants in Friday, March 31, 2017 by 4 p.m. This is a very competitive process so I encourage all who are interested to apply in a timely manner.
For additional information regarding the grants or application process please visit http://www.lcb.pa.gov/Education/Programs/Pages/Grants.aspx. As always if you need any type of assistance do not hesitate to contact my office and my staff would be more than happy to provide you with guidance.
Morton Street to Close in Lower Chichester Township for Drainage Improvements
Morton Street will be closed and detoured weekdays between Green Street and Route 452 (Market Street) in Lower Chichester Township, Delaware County, beginning Wednesday, February 15, for drainage improvements. Morton Street will be closed weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM through Thursday, March 2. Traffic will be detoured through the SETPA parking lot.
2017 Tax Season Deadline Extended
April 15 falls on a Saturday in 2017 and is followed by Emancipation Day on Monday, April 17, thereby pushing the deadline to file tax returns and submit payments to Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Don’t let the extension delay your refund. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue provides a list of frequently asked questions and direct links to answers to your questions for tax year 2016.
Assistance in filing Pennsylvania individual and business taxes is available through the PA Department of Revenue’s e-Services Center.
Summer Employment Opportunity for College Students
The PA Turnpike recently approved their summer work program for students who are enrolled in a fulltime higher education program for the fall semester. Please see the attached information sheet. Applicants must be 18 years old before starting work. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.paturnpike.com.
Here are a few other helpful tips:
If you have any questions regarding the application process. Please feel free to reach out to my office.
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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