I hope this message finds you well. Please know that my team and I are still here to assist you in whatever way we can. Whether you need help finding food resources, if you’re still having issues with unemployment, or if you have questions about the reopening process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at email@example.com, through my website, or by leaving a message at 215-368-1429.
Don't forget: the PA Primary Election is just four days away on Tuesday, June 2! This newsletter includes important information for voters, updates about the reopening process, and a legislative update about federal CARES funding in PA.
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Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Updates about the Reopening Process
Outdoor Dining Allowed in Yellow Phase
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that outdoor dining will be allowed in restaurants and retail food establishments in yellow phase counties beginning June 5, as long as they adhere to safety guidelines. I’m glad to see the administration listening to our feedback and being receptive to new ideas to help businesses, especially here in the Southeast, get back to work. For more info on dining guidance, click here.
Urging the Governor to Expand Options for Small Businesses
I’ve heard from many hair, nail, and tanning salon owners in my district, the majority women- and minority-owned, who are ready and able to implement expanded safety guidelines and return to serving our communities. Sen. Santarseiro and I, joined by several of our colleagues in the House, sent a letter asking Governor Wolf to permit personal services businesses like these to reopen in the yellow phase with enhanced health and safety measures.
I also signed on to a letter calling on the Governor to allow curbside pickup at retail locations statewide. We’ve seen this done safely by our restaurant industry – our local retail shops are ready to do the same and follow all necessary health protocols.
Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and the rest of the counties currently in the red phase are still expected to move to yellow on June 5. For more information on what the yellow phase will look like for businesses and individuals, click here.
My Legislative Position
While I remain committed to expanding the bounds of what can be safely done in the yellow phase and making sure every action is being taken so that we get to the green phase as quickly as possible, I do not support a statewide, unregulated reopening like the ones offered in HR/SR 323 and SB 836, which would end the emergency declaration -- something no other state has done -- and could result in the loss of federal aid to the commonwealth as well as private businesses.
CARES Act Funding for PA
As part of an emergency interim budget process, the PA Senate and House passed SB 1108, allocating Pennsylvania's federal CARES Act dollars. I am thankful that the top priorities you have shared with me during this crisis – supporting small businesses, affordable quality childcare, housing insecurity, and caring for our seniors – are reflected and prioritized in this bill. I will continue to speak out and push to make sure our district's share of these dollars reflects the disproportionate harm our district has suffered.
June 2 Primary Election: What You Need to Know
Secure Mail-In Ballot Drop-Off Locations
If you have not yet returned your mail-in ballot, please consider using one of the secure drop off locations to ensure it is received by your county by 8pm on Tuesday, June 2. Please remember that voters are only permitted to place their own ballots in the boxes, and cannot bring ballots for relatives, friends or others.
Bucks County drop-off locations are open 7am-7pm this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For more information, visit their website.
Montgomery County drop-off locations are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday-Sunday. These will be open through Tuesday, June 2. Visit the county website for more info.
Voting in Person? Check Your Polling Place!
If you are planning to vote in person, please check your polling place, as many have been temporarily changed or consolidated. To find your polling location for June 2, click here. I encourage you to wear your mask to the polling place to keep yourself, poll workers, and fellow voters safe!
PUA Benefits Update
The PA Department of Labor & Industry will now be sending all Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit payments via paper checks as an added precaution against fraud. This is in response to scammers attempting to use personal information from outside sources to file for PUA benefits and route payments to their own accounts. L&I databases have not been compromised.
Learn more about avoiding fraud here.
If you have questions about unemployment and are having trouble getting in touch with L&I, please reach out to Senator Collett’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 215-368-1429. Our staff will do our best to assist you.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
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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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Gwynedd Corporate Center
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012