I hope this email finds you well on this rainy Friday. This week’s newsletter includes information about a new round of small business grants, an upcoming scam prevention event, the extended eviction/foreclosure moratorium and more.
Looking for information on state and local assistance programs? Questions about COVID safety guidelines? Legislative concerns? Contact my office at email@example.com or leave us a message at 215-368-1429. We’re here to help.
Please visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for additional COVID-19 resources. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Scam Jam: Live Scam Prevention Event 7/16
Learn how to avoid the latest COVID-related financial and consumer scams next Thursday, July 16 at 2pm at my Facebook Live Scam Jam event. We will be joined by representatives from the PA Department of Banking & Securities and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office who will walk us through common fraud attempts and answer your questions.
You can watch live on Facebook.com/SenatorCollett or Senatorcollett.com/live. If you'd like to submit a question before the event, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 215-368-1429.
Tax Deadline July 15
Don’t forget that state and federal taxes are due Wednesday, July 15!
For help with your Pennsylvania taxes, check out these resources:
✍️ File for free: revenue.pa.gov/efile
☎️ Talk to a Pennsylvania Department of Revenue agent: revenue.pa.gov/schedulecall
💻 Get online help: revenue.pa.gov/helpdesk
☑️ Track your refund: revenue.pa.gov/refund
Montco Strong Small Business Grants Round 3
The MontcoStrong Small Business Grant Program will open up applications for a third round of grant funding on Thursday, July 16 at 10am. The program, available to our Montgomery County businesses, will close to applications at approximately 12pm on Friday, June 17. Grant awards will range from $9,000 to $22,500 depending on eligible businesses’ annual gross revenue.
Plan on applying? Review updated program guidance and take a look at Round 3 FAQs. Please reach out to my office at email@example.com if you need assistance. Be sure to get ready early, and let our office know if you apply!
Don’t forget: The first round of the PA Small Business Grant Program is open until July 14th. Learn more and apply here. There will be additional rounds so if you aren’t ready by July 14th, you will still be able to apply.
We will continue to post information about all grant and loan opportunities as we hear about them.
Eviction Moratorium Extended to August 31
On Thursday, Governor Wolf extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in PA through August 31. I’d like to thank the Governor for listening to the concerns of our caucus and residents across the Commonwealth. This new executive order protects renters and homeowners who have not received assistance from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders.
Need help with rent or mortgage payments? Apply for state relief here.
No Consent In Custody
In Pennsylvania, a police officer who sexually assaults a person in custody can claim consent by the detained individual as a defense in court. On Wednesday, the General Assembly sent a bill to the Governor to finally change that. As one of the prime sponsors of the Senate version of this bill, I’m glad to see No Consent In Custody measures becoming a reality, even though I’m disappointed they were folded into an unrelated, and regressively punitive, House crime bill. Learn more.
Calling for the Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis
This week, I joined 14 of my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus to urge the legislature to move forward on the issue of adult-use cannabis legalization. We know that cannabis related charges disproportionately impact Black and brown Pennsylvanians. And we know that the majority of PA voters across the political spectrum support legalization – I've heard from many constituents who are passionate about this issue. Legalization would also help compensate for COVID-related revenue shortfalls without having to make cuts to important state programs or raise taxes during an ongoing pandemic. It’s time for action.
Traveling to Another State?
Unfortunately, several states across the country have seen dangerous spikes in coronavirus cases. Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine recommend that those who have traveled to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. These states include:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012