Senator Robinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Remembering September 11th
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Roberto Clemente Day
  • Bethel Park Community Day, New Small Business
  • Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position
  • Revenue Collections Below Monthly Estimate
  • Preparing for Election Day
  • Free Support Available to Military Members
  • Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants

Remembering September 11th

I was honored to attend several moving ceremonies to remember the lives we lost on September 11, 2001. I began my day at the Keith-Homes VFW 402 in Coraopolis for their tribute to our fallen heroes.

I had the privilege to speak at the Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus Remembrance Ceremony in Bridgeville, where other local officials, first responders, and community members came together for a beautiful ceremony.

South Park Township held their annual 9/11 ceremony along with members from local fire, police, and EMS departments.

Thank you to everyone who made these events possible to remember the lives we lost during the devastating attack on our country twenty-two years ago. May we never forget their sacrifice.

POW/MIA Recognition Day

I was honored to sponsor a resolution, SR150, to designate September 15, 2023, as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Pennsylvania. This is a solemn day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Thank you to every one of those brave men and women who have given so much to protect our freedoms. You are never forgotten.

Roberto Clemente Day

Yesterday, we celebrated Roberto Clemente Day! I had the privilege to present a proclamation at PNC Park to Roberto’s family commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Baseball Hall of Fame induction. I also introduced Senate Resolution 130 to honor his incredible legacy and lasting impact on the Pittsburgh community!

Bethel Park Community Day, New Small Business

Bethel Park had a busy weekend! I had a great time at their annual Community Day festivities. I also stopped by a new small business, Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ! Congratulations to Mark and Angie on fulfilling their dreams of entrepreneurship! It’s wonderful to see their restaurant team and the community supporting them.

Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position

Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed Pennsylvania’s current bond rating and revised the state’s financial outlook from stable to positive.

As part of its decision to upgrade the commonwealth’s status, Moody’s commended the amount of money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Bolstering our financial safety net has been a top priority in the past three years, and it is encouraging to see those efforts translate to real results.

Because of hard decisions made by Senate Republicans to resist the urge to spend billions and instead embrace smarter budgeting approaches, Pennsylvania’s financial position has improved.

Revenue Collections Below Monthly Estimate

Each month, the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares an update about the state’s financial health. The most recent report shows that General Fund revenue collections of $2.9 billion in August were below the monthly estimate by $27.1 million, or 0.9%.

The full update, including the monthly revenue report, is available here.

Preparing for Election Day

In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, it’s a great time to prepare for Election Day on Nov. 7. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, you can also double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.

Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You have to be a registered voter to submit an application.

If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are necessary to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.

Free Support Available to Military Members

As a reminder for Suicide Prevention Month, veterans in crisis can call the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line. It serves veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them.

A caring, qualified responder is available to provide confidential support and connect callers with resources 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call 988 and then press 1 or chat online.

Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants

Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit an application for the 2023-24 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 for fire companies and $15,000 for volunteer ambulance services – increased this year because of legislation supported by Senate Republicans.

Find more information and apply online here by Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.


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