The legislative season has begun for 2012, and we are scheduled to be in session several weeks past the Governor’s budget address which will take place on February 2. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I cannot predict what he will say, but I anticipate that he will paint a challenging fiscal picture for the Commonwealth. As the process and hearings progress, I will keep you informed.
I hope this week’s District Connection finds you and your family well, and as always, thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Upcoming Senate Democratic Policy Committee on Campaign Finance Reform
On February 2, I will take part in the Senate Democratic Policy Committee’s hearing on Campaign Finance Reform in Pennsylvania. The hearing, which is open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. in the 5th floor conference room of the Franklin Institute at 222 N. 20th Street in Philadelphia and will feature expert testimony on campaign finance reform.
As you know, this is an issue that I’ve been working on since taking office because you deserve transparent, effective and responsive government. I am proud to have authored a key provision of state law that ended the Deferred Retirement Options Plan (DROP) for elected officials statewide, and currently sponsor bi-partisan legislation that would enact campaign finance limits and require online filing of campaign finance reports for instant public access.
As we continue to finalize the event details, I will keep you updated through the media, my website and Facebook page.
2012-13 FAFSA Now Available Online
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) wants you to know that the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available online at www.fafsa.gov. The application is important because it determines student eligibility for several state and federal grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. The cost of a college education is already a large burden on families; do not miss this great opportunity for financial assistance.
Become a Philadelphia Police Officer
It takes a special kind of person to become a successful police officer and to meet the challenges of doing an incredibly tough job well. If you think you are up to the task, applications are now being accepted to become a Philadelphia Police Officer.
All police officer recruits receive high-quality classroom instruction and hands-on training at the academy. The position offers excellent fringe benefits, including paid medical, prescription, dental, legal and life insurance plans. For more information visit www.phillypolice.com or call 215-683-COPS.
Did You Submit Your LIHEAP Application?
As the frigid winter weather starts to arrive, do not let high energy bills strain your budget. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still accepting applications for helpful cash grants, sent directly to the utility company, or crisis grants for households in immediate danger of being without heat
The federal program has less funding this year, so if you think you will have trouble paying your energy bills make sure you submit your application as soon as possible. Applicants must meet the new 2011-12 eligibility requirements and have a household income of less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
For more information click here, or call the State’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments should call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).
Hungry? We Can Help.
Eboxes are Philabundance’s way of helping people who need immediate, emergency access to food. The boxes are available by calling 800-319-3663 for a referral. Once you have a referral you can pick one up at my District Office which is located at 1802 South Broad St. Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four for about three days. The contents vary, but they usually contain:
The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance.