In this busy world, reminders can be the best things. So, in this edition of First District Connection, I am delivering a few of them for driver and vehicle services offered by PennDOT, as well as what to do should you lose power during a storm.
The governor probably needs a reminder that his budget priorities are askew with the needs of average Pennsylvanians. As he travels the state trying to explain himself to taxpayers, he is spinning some outlandish tales – especially as they relate to job growth, education and our social safety net.
It’s not a reminder, but the House and Senate Democratic caucuses have unveiled a website that you can use to fact check the governor and learn the whole story. Details are below.
Thanks for reading and being the best reasons why the 1st Senatorial District is a great place to live, work and play.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Need to renew your driver’s license? What about vehicle registration? You can go to PennDOT to get this done, or you can obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.
Driver and vehicle services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and you can renew your driver’s license, photo ID or vehicle registration; check driver-history services; record a change of address; obtain driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fees; requestdriver license and photo ID duplicates; and schedule driver exams. There are no additional fees for using online services.
You can also get PennDOT traffic conditions before your trip by visiting www.511pa.com or calling 511. Also, follow PennDOT on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.
Be Prepared for the Next Storm
If you lose electricity during the next storm, contact PECO immediately at 800-841-4141 and remember the following:
- Do not approach downed wires, which still be energized.
- Be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by generators, lanterns and gas ranges.
If you need to travel, use extreme caution and be sure to take a blanket and emergency items with you in case you become stranded.
Incident and construction information is available for all 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway at www.511PA.com. The website also provides access to traffic cameras and updates conditions for 2,900 miles of roadway.
Visit www.readypa.org for information on how to make a family emergency plan and to build your emergency supply kit.
Senate, House Democrats Question Corbett Budget Assertions, Unveil Fact Check Website
Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget speech and follow up opinion pieces and interviews have painted a picture of Pennsylvania that is blurry, inaccurate and badly in need of correction. And, I strongly agree!
Given the governor’s slanted view of the problems that face Pennsylvania, it is important that citizens are able to access objective information. So check out our new fact-checking website: www.checkthefactsgovcorbett.com.
The site delivers the truth behind the governor’s claims and is easy and fun to use. While I don’t have to tell you our economy continues to sputter, the governor is claiming it is making a comeback. That’s wrong, and you can learn why it is wrong through the website.
Another great point Tom Corbett continues to ignore is he is continuing to delay providing health care insurance to working Pennsylvanians by pushing his Healthy PA plan instead of by expanding Medicaid. That wrong-headed plan is also costing the state $400 million in precious budget savings.
There are many, many other examples on the website. Visit today, you’ll be glad you did.
Bike Share Philadelphia
The days of wishing you could ride a bike to get from point A to point B in Philadelphia will soon be over!
The city’s Bike Share Philadelphia program is slated to begin by early fall. With it, you will have access to hundreds of bikes at nearly 50 bike share stations throughout Center City and parts of University City.
The first phase of this great idea will add some 2,000 bikes to approximately 200 sharing stations. Think how good that will be for our environment and for the health of those who participate in the program!
When Bike Share Philadelphia begins, all that you will need to do is pick up a bike at a station in one area and drop it off at another station once you pedal to where you want to go.
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