Senator Rothman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Honoring our Fallen Heroes
  • Free License Plate Replacement Event Saturday
  • Bipartisan Group Working to Eliminate the PA Startup Penalty
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures

Honoring our Fallen Heroes

This past week, I had the honor of attending and participating in ceremonies across the district to remember our fallen military heroes.  Each Memorial Day service was deeply humbling, and I appreciated the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by so many on behalf of our freedom.

 Today, I participated in the dedication of the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Bridge, which spans the Big Spring Creek between Newville and West Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County. I was blessed to spend time with Sgt. Shughart’s family and friends today, honoring his dedication to service, selfless sacrifice, and heroism.

The fallen servicemembers we honored this week exemplify selflessness, bravery, and unbreakable resolve.  Their personal sacrifices have not only kept us free, but they also show future generations what it means to love our country and that our country is worth fighting for.  Our children and grandchildren need to know about them and their heroism. 

This week’s event brought to mind a quote from Gen. George S. Patton: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

I am thankful today and everyday.  I’m humbled by their sacrifice. 

Free License Plate Replacement Event Saturday

Pennsylvania license plates that have lost reflectivity, are peeling or blistering, are discolored, and/or are unreadable from 50 feet away are eligible for replacement at no cost. Should you have a license plate that has seen better days, we’d be happy to help! Our final scheduled license plate replacement event is scheduled for Saturday in Perry County.

Saturday, June 1, from 1-3 p.m.
Family Life Center, 27 W Shortcut Rd., Newport

Law enforcement officers will be on-hand to provide the verification needed for free replacement.  Stop by to have plates evaluated and the necessary paperwork completed. Our office will submit the application to PennDOT and replacement plates will be mailed directly to applicants.  Registration is encouraged but is not required.  Register HERE

If you can’t make it to Newport this weekend, we can still help by providing and submitting the necessary forms to PennDOT on your behalf.  (Police officer or mechanic verification would need to be obtained independently, however.) Please contact any of our district offices for assistance

Bipartisan Group Working to Eliminate the PA Startup Penalty

For many, starting and owning a business is the American dream.  It takes hard work, grit, and determination—and it can take a while to turn a profit. In those first few years, it’s common for new businesses to operate at a loss. The way that Pennsylvania treats business losses penalizes new businesses when they can least afford it.  The PA Startup Penalty makes it more difficult for new businesses to get off the ground, closing their doors before they ever have the chance to thrive.  We can do something about this by joining the 48 other states that treat entrepreneurs fairly.

Tuesday, I was pleased to join Sen. Nick Miller, Rep. Josh Kail, and Rep. Paul Friel, as well as the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in calling for an end to the PA Start-Up Penalty. We all agree that the status quo is causing our commonwealth to lose businesses, jobs, population, and opportunities.  Eliminating the Startup Penalty will make Pennsylvania competitive with other states and grow our economy!  I’ve introduced legislation that would do exactly that.  Senate Bill 346 received unanimous support in the Senate Finance Committee and awaits a vote by the full Senate.

For more on our bipartisan discussion, visit:…/article_b81f9a16-1d37-11ef…

A strong business community means greater economic opportunity for all.  It’s time to make Pennsylvania open to the American dream.   For more background on the issue, visit

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation

Elder financial abuse is a horrible crime that includes scams, fraud and exploitation by family members or caretakers. Find out how to avoid scams or make a report here:

A variety of factors can make seniors more vulnerable, including the recent loss of a spouse, social isolation, or the need to update a will. In such instances, it’s even more important to take precautions against exploitation and fraud.

To protect themselves, seniors should not accept calls from anyone they do not know or give personal information to strangers – regardless of who they claim to be. Review financial account statements at least monthly and contact the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider immediately if there are unauthorized charges. Learn more.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Fair season is right around the corner.  Pennsylvania is home to more than 100 agriculture fairs and events, 15 of which feature harness racing. All are great opportunities to have a wonderful time and make memories while also supporting farmers and the local economy. With food, animals, exhibits, and attractions, there’s something for everyone.

Check out the 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, which maps out fairs across the Commonwealth. Of course, we’ll look forward to seeing you at the Gratz Fair, Perry-County Fair and Shippensburg Community Fair.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

June is Great Outdoors Month, making it the perfect time to enjoy Pennsylvania’s lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests. Explore a multitude of recreational opportunities across the Commonwealth HERE.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.


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