In this email edition:
Thanksgiving always has special meaning for my family. My wife Beth and her family’s four- generation turkey farm at Koch’s is very busy at this time of the year.
As we give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives, I would also like to take this time to show gratitude towards the brave men and women in our military who are unable to be with their families over the holiday – for their selfless service in protecting our nation’s freedoms and values.
Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel
Travel experts say all types of Thanksgiving travel are projected to rebound to near pre-pandemic levels this week.
One way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel is the 511PA app. 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of New Jersey and West Virginia.
Quick Tip: AAA says that if you’re hitting the road Wednesday, traffic will be lighter after 9 p.m. If heading out on Thanksgiving, it’s best to depart before 11 a.m.
Senate Announces Selection of Vendor to Conduct Election Investigation
Envoy Sage was selected as the vendor to conduct an impartial investigation into Pennsylvania’s election system, as part of the ongoing effort by the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee to restore trust in our election system.
To learn more about the Senate’s investigation, visit this link.
Minersville Borough Awarded Downtown Revitalization Grant
Minersville Borough will receive an additional $495,236 grant to expand a downtown revitalization effort to improve pedestrian safety. This investment in Minersville Borough, one of Schuylkill County’s oldest coal mining communities, will help breathe new life into their downtown area. This funding is highly sought after across Pennsylvania, so Rep. Tim Twardzik and I are very pleased to see them receive this competitive grant.
The grant will support the installation of nineteen new streetlights along Sunbury Street between 3rd Street and Delaware Avenue. Borough Manager Bob Mahalchick stated that “the borough is elated that this project can be completed.”
Learn more about this grant here. The pictures above show the progress made during the first phase of this project, which replaced the sidewalks along this corridor.
Protecting our Families from Reckless Repeat DUI Offenders
The state House passed a bill last week to increase legal penalties for the worst of the worst repeat DUI offenders. House Bill 773, known as Deana’s Law, was introduced after a horrific car crash in Delaware County claimed the life of Deana Eckman in 2019. The driver who killed her had previously been convicted of five DUI offenses and would have been behind bars at the time of her death in this law had been on the books.
I voted in favor of this proposal last session and will support it in the Senate again this year to protect our families from irresponsible repeat DUI offenders. Learn more about this proposal here.
State Government Internships for College Students
Applications are now being accepted for 2022 summer internships in state government through the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation. As a former Finnegan intern, I can attest that this is a great opportunity for Pennsylvania’s future leaders.
The Finnegan Foundation allows college students all across Pennsylvania who are interested in politics and government to take their experience to the next level. If selected, a student has the opportunity to receive a paid state government internship in Harrisburg.
To apply for the Finnegan Foundation’s 2022 Summer Intern Program, an interested student must submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,500 words. The subject for this year’s essay: Should Pennsylvania continue to use their current system for redistricting or join other states in creating non-partisan commissions to carry out this decennial process?
Learn more about this year’s essay contest here.
November Argall Report: New Opportunities for Local Nurses in Berks, Schuylkill
The November edition of my local TV program focuses on education and career opportunities for current and prospective nurses.
Our nurses really stepped up during this terrible pandemic. In Berks and Schuylkill Counties, we are blessed with numerous educational institutions and medical centers where nurses can develop fulfilling careers with family sustaining wages. We’re going to need at least one million new registered nurses by the end of the decade to meet our country’s healthcare demands.
In this edition, I discuss opportunities for nurses in the 29th District including the partnership between Berks County and Penn State Health St. Joseph, the inaugural class of medical students at the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, Alvernia University’s nursing program, Penn State Schuylkill Campus’ new nursing center, and the new nursing simulation center at the Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Morgan Center in Tamaqua.