News for Constituents

From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is urging motorists encountering springtime roadway damage to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD (349-7623) to assist the Department in identifying 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.  Access other important PennDOT phone numbers, mailing addresses and online information for assistance with motoring 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:

  • 1040Now
  • Intuit TurboTax
  • OLT
  • TaxACT
  • TaxSlayer

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 frequently asked questions.

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 CareerLink’s latest 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 tools.

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 ready to witness another round of eaglets add to the successful restoration, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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 the 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.