The LuLac Edition #1849, November 27th, 2011
Governor Tom and First Lady Susan Corbett.
22nd Senatorial District lawmaker Senator John Blake.
FLOOD RELIEF FROM BLAKE
Last week a bipartisan package of flood relief legislation that will help our communities ravaged by September’s record flooding begin to rebuild their infrastructure and restore their pride came out of the Pennsylvania Senate. .
Sen. John Gordner’s (of Columbia County) leadership and the other sponsors of these bills expedited this relief package which showed the flood ravaged businesses and families that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Senator John Blake was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1267 included this package, which would allow local taxing bodies to decrease real estate taxes for properties substantially affected by the flood
The other bills included in the bipartisan flood relief package would:
• establish a restricted account in the state Treasury to provide additional state grant monies to individuals and families. Funds would be awarded based on income eligibility and damage losses;
• authorize $150 million for the state share of flood-related highway and bridge rehabilitation projects;
• allow local taxing bodies to decrease real estate taxes for properties substantially affected by the flood;
• authorize a county-by-county list of highways, bridges, flood control and hazard mitigation projects for state Capital Budget funding; and
• give the Secretary of Education the authority to waive certain requirements for public and non-public schools substantially damaged by the flood.
I have to give Pennsylvania’s First Family a lot of credit. They gave the kitchen staff at the Governor’s mansion the day off so they could enjoy the day with their own families. First Lady Susan Corbett did the cooking with the help of her children and relatives and even the Guv himself. On Topic A Friday night, L.A. Tarone and I talked about how the big box stores aren’t letting their workers spend time with their families on turkey day. I certainly hope they follow Governor Corbett’s example next year. Kudos to the Corbett's for recognizing Thanksgiving as a family holiday.