Jan. 18, 2019

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

 
Last weekend, I presented a House citation to Agnes Eisman during her 105th birthday celebration at Luther Crest. Mrs. Eisman was born on Jan. 12, 1914, and is the mother to three children and grandmother to one. What a wonderful woman, who had many stories to share. Congratulations!
                                   

February SNAP Benefits to be Distributed Early
On Jan. 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified states that February SNAP benefits will be fully funded. However, for February benefits to be funded, they must be issued by states on or before Jan. 20. Pennsylvania has determined that it will be able to meet this federal deadline.

The February SNAP benefits for recipients who did not have a renewal in January, or whose renewal for January was completed by Jan. 14, will be available on their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards on Jan. 18 because Jan. 20 is a Sunday.

Recipients whose renewal is due in January and their renewal is completed after Jan. 14 will have their benefits available the day after their renewal is processed.

This is the only benefit payment SNAP recipients will receive for the month of February. They will not receive a payment on their regularly scheduled February payment date.

This payment is not a bonus or an increase in the monthly payment. SNAP recipients will need to make this early payment last through an undefined period if the shutdown persists. The state is awaiting further guidance from USDA regarding the availability of benefits for March.

Other benefits such as cash, LIHEAP or Medical Assistance will not be affected.
 

PennDOT Seeking Summer Help
 
PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce.

These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for the fall 2019 semester and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.56.

If interested, please contact my office at 610-502-2701 or 610-760-9805 no later than Friday, Feb. 15. Candidates must also apply online at  employment.pa.gov in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website.
 

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
 
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
 
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