In this Update:
Senate Honors the Life and Sacrifice of PSP Trooper Jacques F. Rougeau, Jr.
This week in the Senate, we honored the life of fallen Pennsylvania State Trooper Jacques “Jay” F. Rougeau, Jr., a native of Corry – a hero whose life was tragically cut short on June 17, 2023. At only 29 years old, Trooper Rougeau chose to protect and serve this Commonwealth and our communities without an ounce of hesitation, placing the safety of others before his own.
Trooper Rougeau began his career with the Pennsylvania State Police in June of 2020 as a member of the 160th cadet class. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Troop J in York, before transferring to Troop G in Lewistown in March of 2023. Trooper Jacques Rougeau is the 104th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to make the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life in the line of duty. Trooper Rougeau’s selfless dedication to his neighbors, friends, and family members that he served every day will never be forgotten.
With the unanimous passage of this condolence resolution, introduced by my colleague, Senator Judy Ward, the Senate of Pennsylvania offers our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones. May God Bless Trooper Jacques Rougeau, his family, the Pennsylvania State Police and all those impacted by this heartbreaking loss to our Commonwealth.
You can also view Senator Ward’s comments here.
Thanking our Nation’s Veterans
On Monday I was humbled and honored to meet retired U.S. Army Colonel Walter Joseph Marm Jr. at a ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans. Colonel Marm, a western Pennsylvania native, was awarded our nation’s highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during a combat operation in Vietnam. Thank you, Colonel Marm and all our veterans.
Tax Revenues and PIT Collections Above 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 tax revenues were $118.6 million, or 3.9%, above the monthly estimate. However, total General Fund revenue collections for the first four months of the fiscal year are still below estimate by $47.5 million.
Personal Income Tax collections exceeded October’s estimate by $35.6 million, or 2.8%, but remain below estimate for the fiscal year by $77 million, or 1.5%.
The full update, including the monthly revenue report, is available here.
Loans Available for Businesses Creating and Retaining Jobs
Low-interest loans and lines of credit are available to eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.
The money can be used for land and building acquisitions, machinery and equipment purchases, working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit, multi-tenant facility projects and industrial park projects.
Learn more and apply online here.
Protect Yourself with Free Weekly Credit Reports
The three national credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – permanently extended a program allowing you to check your credit report at each agency once a week for free.
Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to request free copies of your credit reports. Other sites may charge you or be fraudulent sites set up to steal your personal information.
By reviewing your credit report, you can easily discover if information has been mistakenly reported about you or if someone opened credit in your name. Reporting mistakes and identity theft can help you build a strong credit score that will benefit you when you need to borrow money, secure a rental home and even apply for a job.
Recognizing National Child Safety and Protection Month
National Child Safety and Protection Month is dedicated to recognizing the dangers children may face and taking steps to prevent those challenges.
We have passed bills to provide child identification kits to parents to help identify and return missing children and to allow parents to surrender their unharmed baby at participating urgent care centers.
Other bills would protect them on their way to school by increasing penalties for drivers who refuse to stop for school buses and extending and revamping the school bus stop arm automated enforcement program.
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