As we come to the close of our sixth week under stay-at-home orders in the 12th District, I’m encouraged by the many ways our communities are coming together to spread hope and generosity. Individuals are devoting their days to sewing masks; Facebook groups are cropping up to support and promote small businesses; teachers and first responders are driving through neighborhoods to lift our kids’ spirits; local restaurants are providing free meals; staff and volunteers at non-profit organizations are stepping up to meet a growing need; frontline workers continue to risk their lives to protect public health. Thank you.
As the State Senate meets remotely, I am continuing to fight for legislation that supports the health, safety and economic well-being of our community and our small businesses. This week, the Governor signed Senate Bill 841 into law, which allows remote notarization of documents, something that will help real estate businesses and car dealers among others; lets local governments conduct remote public meetings; provides property tax relief by allowing taxing districts to waive certain late fees and penalties; and more.
Another effort I am passionate about is bringing more attention to the inequities in the allocation of state and federal small business relief as it relates to our region. As one of the first to shutdown and with the dates of reopening uncertain, Bucks and Montgomery County businesses and individuals will need more support than in other parts of the state. I am leading the effort to bring together local legislators on both sides of the aisle to make sure the administration hears this message loud and clear and drives more support our way.
This newsletter includes information on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, financial resources, and the latest guidance from the Wolf administration. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to my office. We are here to help in any way we can.
Please visit our website’s COVID resource page at www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for the latest information on unemployment claims, business resources, how and where to get tested, and more. We are also providing daily updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
As always, wash your hands, stay home, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Governor Wolf Releases Phased Plan for Reopening
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced his administration’s plan for a data-driven, phased plan to reopen Pennsylvania. The plan includes three color-coded phases, red (where the entire state is now), yellow, and green. The administration will use metrics from the Department of Health and a data tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University to determine when to move to a new phase. The administration is looking to begin this gradual reopening on May 8 in north-central and northwest Pennsylvania as they continue to monitor conditions.
Read more about the criteria for reopening here.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is Live
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application system is now LIVE. The federal program provides benefits to individuals who aren't traditionally covered, including gig workers, the self-employed, independent contractors, and those who may not have worked enough hours over the past year to qualify for standard unemployment. Click here to learn more and file.
Construction Can Resume May 1
Beginning May 1st, residential and commercial construction projects statewide can resume with enhanced safety guidance. I know this has been a topic of great interest to those of you in the construction industry as well as those of you (like me) waiting to make home improvements. Thank you for your patience.
Experiencing Financial Stress?
The non-profit Credit Counseling Center is here to help answer your financial questions about debt, credit, spending plans, and more. The Bucks County-based organization has been supporting individuals and families in our community for 25 years, and they are now taking phone appointments to assist you with financial challenges caused by COVID-19. You can contact the Credit Counseling Center at 215-348-8003. Visit their website for additional information.
Save the Date for Our Next Telephone Town Hall 4/30
I will be hosting a second telephone town hall next Friday, April 30 at 3:30pm to continue our discussion on COVID-19 and answer live questions from constituents. You can sign up to join the conversation here. We will post additional details on our Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming days.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Looking for assistance? Want to share your thoughts on legislation or community issues? You may email us at email@example.com or call us at 215-368-1429 if we can be of service.
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
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