Senator Brown E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • District of Character
  • Monthly Appropriations Update Hints at Moderation of State Revenues
  • Working to Strengthen Pennsylvania
  • Win $5,290 to Celebrate 529 Day
  • National Safe Boating Week: May 20-26
  • Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
  • Around the 40th Senate District

District of Character

Monthly Appropriations Update Hints at Moderation of State Revenues

Each month, the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares an update about the state’s financial health. The most recent report shows that tax revenues in April were $15.3 million below estimate, indicating a potential moderation of state revenues. Personal Income Tax collections were also below estimate: $322 million, which is 10% lower than projected.

For the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, revenue collections remain $1.2 billion higher than estimates, driven largely by corporation taxes that are nearly 19% above projections.

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

Working to Strengthen Pennsylvania

As the 2023-24 legislative session is in full swing, my colleagues and I are working to protect Pennsylvania jobs, empower Pennsylvania families and defend Pennsylvania freedoms. These initiatives are reflected in our agenda, and many relevant bills have already passed.

Protecting jobs requires a multifaceted approach that includes energy affordability, workforce development and infrastructure advancement.

Families are the heart of our commonwealth. To empower families, we must provide healthy and safe communities, address mental and behavioral health needs and guarantee access to high-quality schools.

Win $5,290 to Celebrate 529 Day

May 29 is 529 Day, and the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is celebrating with the opportunity to win financial awards for new PA 529 College and Career Savings Program Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) account owners.

The PA 529 GSP allows you to save at today’s tuition rates to meet tomorrow’s tuition costs. PA 529 plans have state and federal tax advantages and can be used for a wide variety of qualifying technical, collegiate and apprenticeship educational expenses.

One new PA 529 GSP account owner will be awarded a $5,290 GSP contribution – enough to cover a year of tuition at a Pennsylvania Community College. There will also be 10 additional regional winners across the state who will each receive a GSP contribution of $2,529.

To be eligible for awards, open a new PA 529 GSP account with at least $10 before May 31. Beneficiaries must be Pennsylvania residents and may not already be the beneficiary of an active PA 529 GSP or PA 529 Investment Plan account. Additional conditions apply; read the official rules here.

National Safe Boating Week: May 20-26

National Safe Boating Week reminds all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season.

In recognition of Safe Boating Week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering free events to introduce people to boating, paddling and kayaking. Learn more here.

Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Recently, I was pleased to meet students from The Scranton School For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children on the Senate floor. Their campus is located outside the city of Scranton in Lackawanna County and offers outstanding education to deaf and hard of hearing students from communities throughout all Northeast Pennsylvania. We are fortunate to have this resource in our state – offering individualized care and education preparing students for all aspects of life.

Around the 40th Senate District

This week, I attended the The Wright Center for Community Health’s legislative breakfast along with Senator Marty Flynn, Rep. Kyle Donahue, and Rep. Bridget M Kosierowski. It was a pleasure to meet with them and better understand their mission and services. Learn more about them here.

Such a pleasure to tour Mayfield Elementary School – part of Lakeland School District – with Rep. Kyle Mullins this week! As legislators, having hands-on experiences and conversations with students, teachers, administrators, and staff is critical to thoroughly understanding the needs of our families. So appreciate these opportunities in truly helping my work for the 40th district.

This week, I met with the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU19) and superintendents. We had an extremely productive discussion on their work in education and their prioritized issues of concern that I may be able to assist with as we move forward working together.

This week, Addie from my North District Office attended Leadership Lackawanna’s 40th Anniversary celebration! Past, present, and future graduates of their program attended to celebrate this momentous milestone. Leadership Lackawanna offers programming nurturing the skills, knowledge, and experience to make them successful professionals and engaged citizens. Thankful for organizations like these who help build strong communities.


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