Resource Page for COVID-19 Prevention and Treatments
There are now multiple COVID-19 prevention and treatment options authorized by the FDA for emergency use in patients at high risk of developing severe COVID-19. While they’re not substitutes for vaccines, they might be right for some people.
The state Department of Health website has information regarding the distribution of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatments, covering:
You can find locations for prevention medicines and treatment at Therapeutics Distribution | HHS Protect Public Data Hub and information also can be found on local distributions of the oral antiviral medications Paxlovid and Molnupiravir. The supply of oral antiviral medications is extremely limited until national production increases. Consult with your healthcare provider on the appropriateness and availability of these treatments.
Governor Wolf Threatens Local Communities for RGGI?
A recent article by the Pennsylvania Capital Star explains how Governor Wolf may have withheld millions of dollars’ worth of funding for local projects in order to get Democratic lawmakers to support his plan to have Pennsylvania join RGGI.
The Governor’s RGGI plan allows him to unilaterally place a tax on energy. According to the article: “opponents argue its (RGGI’s) environmental impacts are slim, and say that the initiative could increase utility prices, while shutting down coal-fired power plants… That last point is the most critical for Wolf and Democrats. That’s because labor unions — such as the powerful building trades — whose workers build, repair, and operate the plants, also oppose the initiative.”
The State Senate and House are attempting to overturn the Governor’s RGGI plan, but since this requires a 2/3 vote in each chamber, this will require the support of Democratic legislators, who, according to the article, have been threatened with the loss of large grants in their districts by the Governor.
Read the full story here.
Senate to Consider Banning Private Funding for Elections after “Zuckerbucks” Controversy
After a recent controversy, the Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, will be considering a bill in the near future that would ban the private funding of elections.
A nonprofit funded by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg provided over $22 million in funding to election operations in Pennsylvania, with the vast majority of that funding going to Philadelphia and other southeastern counties. Emails from the Governor’s office show that counties with higher percentages of Democratic voters were alerted to this funding opportunity before many rural counties.
We need to ensure that future elections are not tainted with questions about undue influence from private donors. Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) and Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) introduced a bill that would ban private donations to election operations going forward. Read an op-ed they wrote about their proposal here.
What New State Senate and House District Do You Live In?
This decade’s newly proposed state Senate and House maps propose BIG changes to the representation of Berks and Schuylkill County. These proposed maps could see major changes before they are ultimately approved by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Visit this link to share your thoughts on the proposals with the commission.
In the State Senate, the 29th district would continue to encompass all of Schuylkill County, but would no longer include Berks County. These portions of Berks County would split between three State Senate districts.
The State House districts in both counties would see major changes as well. Representative Joe Kerwin would no longer represent Schuylkill County under the proposal.
Mahanoy Township, Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Union Township, Ringtown, plus portions of Luzerne County
Parks and Recreation Grants Awarded to Ten Local Projects
The blighted building that formerly housed Kaier Brewery in Mahanoy City before it demolished in 2017.
Kaier’s Park now
Ten projects to improve local parks were awarded state grants last week. Improved parks and trails are a key ingredient in revitalized communities, large and small. If we want to breathe new life into many of our older communities, this is one proven strategy. The pictures above of Kaier’s Park in Mahanoy City are just one of many examples of successful revitalization efforts.
These highly competitive grants were awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Conservation Community Partnerships Program. The following projects were awarded grants:
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