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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing, Main Captitol 
P.O. Box 202117
Harrisburg PA 17120-2117
Phone: (717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889
Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Offices
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-6000
Fax: (570) 255-0133
(800) 278-3930
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

133 West Tioga St., Suite 4
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4777
Fax: (570) 836-4772
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Help for PA Business Owners and Startups

Entrepreneurs looking to plan, operate or grow a business in the Commonwealth have a great new online resource.

The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop connects and guides business owners through all stages of development, from planning and startup to operating and expanding.

The easy-to-navigate website is backed by a team of business consultants and subject matter experts providing entrepreneurs and small businesses access to the resources, tools and experience they need to succeed.

Questions about the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop can be submitted electronically by clicking here

You may also call 833-722-6778 and pressing Option 0 to speak with a team member.
Searching for Korean War Veterans

Approximately 200,000 Pennsylvanians served in the Korean Conflict, with nearly 37,000 of them losing their life during their service. I’m looking to recognize residents of the 117th District who are Pennsylvania veterans from the Korean War Era.   

My district offices are accepting applications for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Eligible veterans must have served between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, or have participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.

Applications are available at my Dallas and Tunkhannock offices and must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 21, along with a Notice of Separation or DD-214 discharge document, signifying service in Korea. The medals will be presented at my annual Veterans Event and Expo on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Misericordia University.

The 117th District includes all of Wyoming County; Dalton Borough and Benton, La Plume and West Abington townships in Lackawanna County; and Dallas, Fairmount, Franklin, Harveys Lake, Hunlock, Lake, Lehman and Ross townships and Dallas Borough in Luzerne County.
Reaching Out to You

Satellite office hours for next week are as follows:

• This Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Hunlock Township Building, located at 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek (9-11 a.m.)

• Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 161 College Ave. in Factoryville (10 a.m. to noon).

This is a great opportunity for you to have your state government questions answered!
The Back Mountain Chamber’s Cultural Events Committee recently honored the Hanson family for their years of entertainment at the Hanson Amusement Park at Harveys Lake.

I was thrilled to present a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation to them. Pictured (from left) are Bruce and David Hanson, Back Mountain Chamber Board President Tom Mosca and Chamber Board Vice President Cindy Post-Mitchell.
It's Fair Season!

On Monday I visited Lackawanna County and La Festa Italiana. That’s my uncle, Gene Passarella (AKA Gene Dempsey Orchestra), and songstress, cousin Cathy Van Nort.

Rep. Eddie Pashinski and I, along with members of Luzerne County and state fair boards, are seen with the 2018 “Friend of the Fair” recipient, Janet Swanger.
Janet and her husband, Kelvin.
(From left) 2018 Luzerne County Fair Queen Runner-up Amber Hoyt, Fair Queen Kasie Weidner and Dairy Princess Toni Traver. 

The National Guard was well represented at the Luzerne County Fair.
I visited with the Shupp and Espenshade families at the Wyoming County Fair. This proud family boasts three generations with a farming heritage.
Speaker at the Wyoming County Fair Salute to Veterans.
Working With Our Schools

The leadership program I developed for high school students is up-and-running in the Dallas, Tunkhannock and Lake-Lehman school districts. Interested students in the Dallas Leadership Academy should contact High School Principal Jason Rushmore; for Lake-Lehman Leadership Academy, contact Brian Pipich in Guidance and Pupil Services; and for Jr. Leadership Wyoming (Tunkhannock Area), contact Teacher Ashley Pippenger. 
State Rebates Available for Alternative Fuel Cars

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering rebates of up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania residents who purchase alternative fuel vehicles. Rebates are available depending on the type of vehicle purchased. Eligible vehicles are plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

To be eligible for a rebate, a new alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) must have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $60,000 or less and must have an odometer reading of less than 500 miles. One-time preowned AFVs with 75,000 miles or less and a true market value of $50,000 or less are also eligible for a $750 rebate. Leased vehicles are also now eligible for rebates, a change that allows additional flexibility for residents. An additional rebate of $500 for pre-owned vehicles is available to residents with a household income below 200 percent of the federal income poverty level.

Rebates will be awarded in the order that the request forms and required documentation are received and approved, not the date a vehicle was purchased. Consumers may submit applications up to six months after the date of purchase. Consumers should be aware that funds may be depleted before their rebate application can be processed.

Flexible fuel, non-plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles are not eligible. Rebates issued as a part of this program are taxable income and will result in the issuance of a 1099 form for the taxable year in which the rebate was received.

For program guidelines, application instructions, and an up-to-date listing of rebate availability, click here.
Aging Committee Discusses Updates to Law Protecting Senior Citizens

Working to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s senior citizens, the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee held a two-day hearing this week to examine proposed changes to the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

House Bill 2549 seeks to make several changes to the act, including changing background check requirements to refine employment bans for people convicted of certain crimes. The legislation also would require financial institutions in the Commonwealth to provide employees with specific training in recognizing signs of potential financial abuse of an older adult and the process to make an abuse report.

Testifiers included Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, senior citizen care provider organizations, AARP and the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
314-C Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
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