News For Constituents
From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office
March 24, 2014
Department of Transportation is urging motorists encountering springtime
roadway damage to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD (349-7623) to assist the Department in
potholes in need of repair.
The Department is encouraging the public to use the number to report other
highway-related problems from roadway washouts to missing or damaged traffic
signs. Motorists are cautioned to continue using 911 to report traffic
accidents, disabled vehicles, or other emergencies.
important PennDOT phone numbers, mailing addresses and online information for
issues in PA.
Free Tax Prep and Filing Assistance
With Tuesday, April 15, 2014 nearly upon us, it is time to determine if you
may qualify for free federal and state tax preparation and electronic filing for
tax year 2013, according to the PA
Department of Revenue.
Consult the list for
PA Free File Software Vendors to determine your age and income eligibility:
- H&R BLOCK
- Intuit TurboTax
Those who do not qualify for free filing through one or more of the above tax
preparation software providers may be able to file using
PA Free File
forms. The PA Department
of Revenue also offers assistance for
State Fillable Forms,
in addition to answering
Stay on Top of Shifting Spring Weather Conditions
When March does not go out like a lamb and those April showers bring a deluge
of rain, staying on top of weather conditions can save time, money, and lives,
according to AlertPA.
Sign up for
AlertPA to receive weather and
emergency alerts, health warnings, tax notifications, and building evacuations.
Users also receive
Amber Alerts providing descriptive information regarding the victim, the
suspect, the vehicle, and related details.
Similar messages are intended to steer, guide, and warn users on all or their
choice of electronic devices. New
users are encouraged to include email accounts, pagers, and cell or smartphones
to prevent missing a critical message. Be sure to tell your family, friends,
and coworkers how to receive the
latest alerts available from across the Commonwealth.
JobGateway to Open New Doors to Employment
Now you can explore occupations, find a training program, and locate
available jobs through PA
Job Seeker Services.
If you need to create a targeted resume and brush up on your interview skills
to enhance your career opportunities,
JobGateway is ready when you are with the latest in online employment
Once you have started an active job search, utilize the same website to track
the names, phone numbers, and dates of interviews to assist with the proper
interview follow-up. The PA Department of
Labor & Industry will continue to add new tools to assist individuals in
securing family sustaining jobs.
PA Celebrates Successful Bald Eagle Restoration Efforts
From three pairs of nesting bald eagles in northwest Pennsylvania in 1983 to
more than 270 known bald eagle nests across the state today, the Commonwealth is
witness another round of eaglets add to the successful restoration,
according to the Pennsylvania Game
Moving recently from the
“threatened” to the “protected” list with the growth in the bald eagle
population, Pennsylvania’s celebration is captured in a
short documentary. Human depredation of the population, from sources such
as DDT, lead poisoning from dead carcasses, polluted waterways, and hunting, is
replaced with a roughly 15% annual population increase in recent years.
Efforts to reverse the population’s decline were initiated in PA through a
Bald Eagle Management Plan. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts can enhance
the program’s success by observing the PGC’s recommendations for practicing
Bald Eagle Nest Etiquette. Meanwhile, the public is invited to tune in to
Bald Eagle Cam perched above the Monongahela River in western PA and enjoy
wildlife conservation history in the making.
Trout Stocking Schedules
If you have been waiting all winter to cast a line into your favorite fishing
hole, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat
Commission is ready for you.
Along with the 2014
Trout Stocking Schedule, the PF&BC is offering
Brook, Brown, & Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips, including recommended bait,
lures, line, hook size, and best times of day to make that catch.
Be sure to obtain your one-, three- or
five-year fishing license before heading out for a day on the water.
Explore PA’s Family Fishing
Programs to begin sharing the activity with loved ones.