In This Update:
Governor Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions
Governor Wolf has ordered a new round of COVID-19 restrictions that will begin on Saturday. The restrictions include a prohibition on indoor dining at restaurants, reduced occupancy limits on retail businesses, the suspension of all K-12 extracurricular activities and tighter capacity limits on both indoor and outdoor activities.
The new restrictions could be catastrophic for the restaurant industry, which has already seen hundreds of thousands of workers idled and more than 7,500 businesses closed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Senator Bob Mensch Named ‘2020 Legislator of the Year’ by Pennsylvania Partnership for Juvenile Services
I am honored to announce that I was named the ‘2020 Legislator of the Year’ by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Juvenile Services (PPJS) for my support of workers with disabilities and for workers throughout this pandemic. Brian Boger, MS, Supervisor of Program and System Development for Bucks County Youth Center and Dipesh Chauhan, MA, C.A.M.S, Director of Program Development for Justice Works YouthCare and a constituent of the 24th Senate District, presented me with the award this week.
My Senate Bill 890, which I will be reintroducing from last session, would create a new classification similar to the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) called ‘Workers with Job Success.’ The issue created by MAWD’s income limits are that many individuals feel pressured to not advance their careers or pursue better employment for fear of losing their benefits. ‘Workers with Job Success’ would have increased income limits and allow for increase savings limits for individuals in return for paying for a percentage of their benefits. My legislation will hopefully encourage these individuals to work to their full potential and reassure them that this decision will not place their deserved benefits in jeopardy.
Read more about the award here.
How to Fill Out the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application
This video shows the steps needed to fill out the Property Tax/Rent Rebate form. The application deadline is December 31, 2020.
MontCo Recovery Tuition Assistance Program
Montgomery County residents who have become unemployed due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive additional tuition waivers for Spring 2021 courses. Click here for more information.
Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) Lane Restrictions Scheduled Weekdays for Bridge Replacement in Montgomery County
Lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled weekdays on Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) between Barndt Road and Gerryville Pike in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County through Friday, December 18, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for pipe inspection and grading operations under a project to replace three poor condition bridges carrying Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) over Unami Creek, Ridge Valley Creek and the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in Upper Salford and Marlborough townships, Montgomery County.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. The schedule is weather dependent. In addition to the lane restrictions with flagging, a single lane pattern remains in effect through the end of the month on Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) between Long Mill Road and Shady Lane, for construction of the bridge, over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. The bridges over the Unami Creek and Ridge Valley Creek were replaced and reopened in December 2019.
PennDOT Relocates Pottstown Photo License Center
The PennDOT Photo License Center at 978 E. High St., Pottstown, will be relocating to 377 E. High St., Pottstown. The last day of operation at the 978 E. High St. location will be Saturday, Dec. 12. The center will be closed on Monday, Dec. 14. The new 377 E. High St. site will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 15 for photo services. Hours of operation for the new location will remain the same: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM and Thursday from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM for photo services. The Pottstown Photo License Center offers photo services only. Customers in need of a photo must have a current camera card to obtain photo services.
Dairy Farmers Receive COVID-19 Relief Funds
Many dairy farmers suffered heavy losses and were forced to discard milk during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1,500 Pennsylvania dairy farmers who were forced to dump milk due to market changes and supply line disruptions were awarded a total of $7.6 million in direct relief payments last week to mitigate their losses.
The payments were made as part of the Dairy Indemnity Program, which was created by Senate Republicans and funded by the federal CARES Act. Lawmakers also provided $16 million in funding in the recently enacted state budget for programs created by the General Assembly in recent years to support the agriculture industry.
New Health and Wellness Guide Created for Older Adults
Older Pennsylvanians have faced some of the most difficult challenges in terms of physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pennsylvania Council on Aging has created a new interactive guide to support seniors and combat some of the biggest sources of stress in their lives.
The guide includes resources, activities and videos to help older Pennsylvanians avoid social isolation and stay mentally and physically fit.
2021 Fishing Licenses on Sale Now
Pennsylvania anglers can purchase their 2021 fishing license from the PA Fish and Boat Commission now. The licenses are valid from the date of purchase through December 31, 2021. Multi-year options are also available in increments of three, five, and 10 years.
Licenses, permits and gift vouchers can be purchased online or by visiting retail license issuing agents.
Commercial Driver Licenses, Learning Permits Extended
Due to disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s mitigation response, PennDOT has extended the expiration dates of all commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits that were set to expire at the end of November until December 31.
The extension provides additional time to renew these licenses and permits as truckdrivers continue to keep supply lines open and prevent supply chain disruptions.
Wishing Our Friends and Neighbors a Happy Hanukkah
Hanukkah is one the most important holidays observed by the Jewish faith, a time for celebration with friends and neighbors, and charity for those in need. I extend my warmest wishes to all of our friends and neighbors in the Jewish community during this holy holiday.
The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah runs from December 10-17.
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