I hope this email finds you well. Today, we recognize May Day, an International Workers’ Day. This year, May Day is as important as it’s ever been, and the need for greater worker protections has never been clearer. Thank you to our nurses, grocery workers, janitors, mail carriers, long-term and in-home care aides, truck drivers, warehouse and factory workers, and so many others. I will continue to fight for legislation that provides a living wage, better protections, resources, and much-needed PPE for PA workers.
In this week’s newsletter, we have information about my next telephone town hall, the latest guidance from Governor Wolf, an unemployment PIN update, and more. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact my office. We're still here to help.
Please visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for additional COVID-19 resources and updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, stay home, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Telephone Town Hall Rescheduled
My second Telephone Town Hall has been rescheduled to next Friday, May 8 at 3:30pm. I’m grateful to PA Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak for joining me to help answer your questions about the unemployment process and COVID-19.
If you would like to participate, you can sign up and submit your questions at senatorcollett.com/townhall.
Latest Guidance from Governor Wolf
Golf Courses, Private Campgrounds and More Reopen
Earlier this week, the Governor announced that several recreational outdoor spaces will reopen statewide today, May 1st. This includes golf courses, private campgrounds, guided fishing trips, and marinas. As the weather is improving, this gives Pennsylvanians a chance to enjoy the outdoors and care for their mental and physical health. However, all visitors should continue to practice social distancing and follow state and CDC safety guidelines while enjoying these facilities.
Elective Surgeries Resume
On Monday, Secretary Levine announced that elective surgeries may resume statewide as long as they can be done without jeopardizing the safety of patients and staff or the facility's ability to respond to COVID-19.
This is very positive news for the people of the 12th District, many of whom have postponed important tests, screenings, consultations and procedures. Always consult with your doctors first, but as long as they say it's safe for you, there's no need to put off needed medical care. For additional guidance, click here.
Unemployment PIN Update
Did you apply for PA Unemployment more than three weeks ago and still have not received your PIN? The PA Department of Labor & Industry asks you to request a new PIN here.
**Please note: For PUA (self-employed, gig worker, other CARES Act) applicants, there are no pins.**
I’m sorry that this process has been so frustrating for so many of you. Recognizing the strain that the unemployment office is under doesn’t make it easier to wait week after week for your first payment. The Department of Labor & Industry has stated that applicants will not be penalized for the weeks they missed the filing deadline as a result of processing delays.
If you have further questions or concerns, contact my office at email@example.com or leave a message at 215-368-1429. For the latest updates on unemployment, visit the PA Labor & Industry website.
PennDOT Expiration Dates Extended
Today, PennDOT announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner's permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents. Effective April 30, 2020, those items scheduled to expire between March 16, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are now extended through June 30, 2020. All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers remain closed until further notice, but many services are still available online.
Don’t Feel Like Cooking This Weekend?
Support local restaurants if you’re able! If you’re not sure where to order from, check out CarryoutPA, a site created by the PA Restaurant and Lodging Association that allows you to search for restaurants by location.
PA Auditor General Begins Audit of DCED Business Waiver Process
My staff and I have worked with many businesses who have fallen victim to the fallibility and inconsistencies in the DCED waiver process. I am glad that the Pennsylvania Auditor General is launching an audit so that we can learn from these failures and do better in the future.
However, I was disappointed by efforts in the Senate this week to issue subpoenas upon the Governor and Secretary of the DCED. After the Auditor General’s announcement, this seems unnecessary and untimely. Right now, we don’t need burdensome subpoenas that will pull the administration's attention and resources away from the urgent ongoing needs of our district.
You can read my full statement here.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
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Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012