Update from Harrisburg
|The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act requires Pennsylvania’s energy utilities to purchase a set amount of power from alternative sources like solar, wind and biofuels.
Earlier this month, I joined Senators Art Haywood (D-4) and Tom Killion (R-9) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would increase renewable energy in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the bill would amend the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS), which was initially enacted in 2004, but has since been outpaced by the stronger energy standards of neighboring states.
This legislation will increase the AEPS Tier I requirements from 8% by 2021, to 30% by 2030. Additionally, this expansion will direct the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to study the benefits of a renewable energy storage program. Under this legislation, several protections that control costs for electricity customers will also be provided.
I later met with the House and Senate Joint Climate Caucus to discuss the importance of this legislation, which will not only cut emissions, but will bring thousands of sustainable jobs to the commonwealth. Updating AEPS standards is critical if Pennsylvania is to be competitive in America’s growing energy economy.
|Senator Santarsiero joins Senator Collett, senate colleagues, nurses, patients, and healthcare advocates at a rally supporting SB 450.
At a rally on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda on March 20th, I stood with Senator Maria Collett (D-12) in support of her legislation. SB 450 will set statewide standards for nurse-to-patient ratios to better ensure the safety of patients and improve care.
Update from Senate District 10
Washington Crossing Historic Park Tour
It was a pleasure to host Secretary Dunn of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as we toured Washington Crossing Historic Park. During the tour, Secretary Dunn and I discussed how the park could benefit from Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania program. With tens of thousands of tourists visiting each year, we need to make sure the public facilities and natural beauty of the park are up-to-date and preserved.
|Senator Santarsiero and Secretary Dunn at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center with park employees and land preservation advocates.
Lower Makefield Township Community Center - One Year Later
Visiting the Lower Makefield Township Community Center earlier this month was very special for me. The center, which opened on March 10, 2018, took years to create. I am proud to have helped secure the original $1 million state grant that got the project off the ground. Today, thousands of Lower Makefield residents can enjoy this community center together. I want to thank Lower Makefield Township for securing the additional funds to ensure the project was well-executed. I want to especially thank my friend and former colleague, Frank Fazzalore, for whom a room in the center is dedicated. Frank’s advocacy for this project was inspiring and played an important role in making the center a reality.
|Senator Santarsiero at the Lower Makefield Community Center Open House.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Aside from the windy weather, I think Bucks County had the luck of the Irish during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fairless Hills. I know furry friend, Theo, had a great time greeting families along the parade route!
|Senator Santarsiero with district staff (and Theo) at the Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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Tax Day is Monday April 15th and my office is here to assist you in obtaining the correct forms and receiving the best return possible.
Visit the PA Department of Revenue website for information on current tax rates, the property tax/rent rebate program, incentives, credits, and other useful state tax resources and programs.
AARP is offering free tax assistance to low and moderate income seniors. To find out more about the program, visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide website.
If you or someone you know is interested in working as an intern in one of my district offices, an application can be found on my website here. Eligible applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 21 and enrolled in school.
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Offices of State Senator Steve Santarsiero
2003 Lower State Road
Building 100, Suite 121
Doylestown, PA 18901
3 Terry Drive
Newtown, PA 18940
184 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203010
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3010
Phone: (717) 787-7305
Fax: (717) 783-5962