Senator John Yudichak E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • 2021-22 State Budget Invests in Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Parents have until July 15 to Choose Additional Year of Education for their Child Following Pandemic Disruptions
  • Avoiding Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

2021-2022 Budget Invests in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Several initiatives in the 2021-2022 state budget package will help Luzerne County and northeastern Pennsylvania continue to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 by setting the stage for private sector job growth.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Computer Data Center Equipment 

I collaborated with State Representative Donna Oberlander and Senator Scott Hutchinson, the primary sponsors of legislation to provide a sales and use tax exemption for the development of computer data centers, to form a coalition of organized labor and the technology industry that successfully advanced House Bill 952. The legislation will position Pennsylvania to compete for billions of dollars and thousands of jobs in the construction of enterprise data centers. The passage of the state budget demonstrates Pennsylvania is stepping up and competing for high-wage technology jobs and establishing an economic game plan to attract the world’s tech giants to Pennsylvania.

Local Share Account – Luzerne County

As part of the Fiscal Code (HB 1348), changes are being made to the Luzerne County Local Share Account Program. The changes will create an innovative public-public partnership between the Commonwealth and Luzerne County to fund much needed public infrastructure projects that will improve public safety and enhance the county’s ability to attract large economic development projects.

Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Changes

As part of the Tax Code, the following changes were made to the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit (Act 66 of 2020):

No more than two qualified taxpayers shall receive a tax credit annually. Under current law, four taxpayers may receive a tax credit.

Provides for the use of unallocated tax credits by no more than one qualified taxpayer if a qualified taxpayer meets the following conditions:

  • Has made a total capital investment of at least $1 billion in order to construct the project facility and place the project facility into service.
  • Has created a minimum aggregate total of 1,800 new jobs and permanent jobs.
  • Has satisfied all other eligibility requirements for a qualified taxpayer under the article.
  • Maintains the overall program cap of $26.7 million per year.

Changes made to the Luzerne County Local Share Account and to Act 66 of 2020 will put Luzerne County and northeastern Pennsylvania in an outstanding position to improve our infrastructure, grow our economy, and create family sustaining jobs for our communities after a year filled with so much hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes could not have been possible without bipartisan input from my colleagues in the Luzerne County legislative delegation, who all recognized that we needed to help the county focus on its public infrastructure assets.

Parents have until July 15 to Choose Additional Year of Education for their Child Following Pandemic Disruptions

Parents have until July 15 to take advantage of a new state law empowering them to decide whether their children should advance to the next grade level or be held back a year due to learning disruptions created during COVID-19.

Parents who wish to pursue the additional optional year of education for their children must complete and return a standardized form to their school district by the July 15 deadline. This allows school districts enough time to plan for changes in class sizes for the upcoming school year.

The form is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website, which also features a Frequently Asked Questions page about the new law.

The additional optional year of education was provided by the newly enacted Act 66 of 2021. The option would only apply to the 2021-22 school year to help manage learning loss caused by the pandemic.

Avoiding Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest statistics (2019), Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed Lyme disease cases.

The best way to avoid it is to avoid tick bites. Some tips:

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Many people get ticks in their own yard.
  • Use bug repellent.
  • Check yourself, children, clothing, gear and pets for ticks after returning indoors.

You can read more about how to avoid tick bites, as well as how to spot Lyme disease symptoms and other related topics, here.

 

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