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In this Update:

  • Funding Secured for Municipal Infrastructure
  • Bill to Combat Package Thefts Signed into Law
  • New Law Gives Young Adults Strong Financial Literacy Foundation
  • Driving Safely During Inclement Weather
  • Merry Christmas to You and Yours

Funding Secured for Municipal Infrastructure

This week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved funding for needed municipal infrastructure improvements in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.  The projects listed below are crucial for public health, quality of life, and economic development and the grants secured will help to ease the burden on local taxpayers.

  • Berrysburg Municipal Authority: $92,608 for needed upgrades to the pump stations and wastewater treatment plant in Berrysburg Borough.
  • Borough of Carlisle: $520,000 for the rehabilitation of Regional Sanitary Sewer System pipes near the Ridge Street Wastewater Pumping Station in Carlisle. 
  • Borough of Duncannon: $254,507 to help fund waterline replacement along Ann Street located in Duncannon Borough, Perry County.
  • Cumberland-Franklin Joint Municipal Authority: $423,700 to upgrade four pumping stations and install three flow meters within its wastewater treatment collection system in Shippensburg Township and Shippensburg Borough. 
  • Liverpool Municipal Authority: $981,100 to help pay for the replacement of a water main in Liverpool Borough. 
  • Liverpool Municipal Authority: $495,979 to help pay for the lining and replacement of a sanitary sewer main in Liverpool. 
  • Millerstown Borough: $425,986 for sanitary sewer system improvements in the borough. 
  • Mount Holly Springs Borough: $390,595 to help pay for water main rehabilitation. 
  • Newburg-Hopewell Joint Authority: $420,750 to help pay for the televising and rehabilitation of sewer mains in Newburg Borough. 
  • Newport Borough Municipal Authority: $423,113 to install new sanitary sewers along South Second Street in Newport Borough. 
  • Oliver Township Municipal Authority: $122,050 to rehabilitate portions of the sanitary sewer collection system located near a railroad crossing in Oliver Township. 
  • Penn Township Municipal Authority: $540,000 to assist with a waterline replacement in Penn Township. 
  • South Middleton Township Municipal Authority: $1.75 million for a significant water tank construction project (Well No. 1). 
  • Wormleysburg Borough: $250,000 to help pay for repairs to the sanitary sewer system along South Front Street in Wormleysburg. 

Bill to Combat Package Thefts Signed into Law

The Senate passed legislation to combat porch pirating – the theft of packages delivered to people’s homes – and it was recently signed into law.

Senate Bill 527, now Act 41 of 2023, implements specific penalties for theft of mail, which includes a package, bag or letter. In Pennsylvania, theft of mail is currently charged based solely on the value of the item taken.

According to Forbes, Americans spent $1.7 trillion shopping online since 2020 and nearly eight in 10 Americans have had a package stolen in 2022. Pennsylvania now joins eight other states ­that have already made porch pirating a felony.

New Law Gives Young Adults Strong Financial Literacy Foundation

Legislation to provide students with basic money management skills was recently signed into law. Specifically, it requires completion of a half-credit personal finance course to graduate high school.

Recent estimates calculate there are more than 350 million American-owned credit card accounts, and, on average, credit card owners have about four cards apiece. Families in the United States are approaching approximately $1 trillion dollars in credit card debt and more than $15 trillion dollars in debt overall.

The course will give high school students the understanding they need about topics like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; college, home and auto loans; and planning for postsecondary education and retirement.

Driving Safely During Inclement Weather

Pennsylvania has nearly 40,000 miles of roads – which translates to 96,000 snow-lane miles – that must be maintained during inclement weather so people can travel safely.

The approximately 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks have in-truck technology that logs and shares data in real time so the public can monitor the routes of their interstate and expressway travels on

Of course, drivers should avoid the roads until they have been cleared, if possible. Anyone who must travel is urged to use extra caution by slowing down, increasing their following distance and avoiding distractions. Read more winter driving tips here.

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

This holiday season, I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May you enjoy the real gifts of love, peace and happiness.

My district office hours may be limited due to the holidays. Please call ahead to be sure my offices are open.

Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Dec. 23 and 25 for Christmas, and on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.


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