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Telephone Town Hall Coming Up on January 30
The date of my next telephone town hall event is quickly approaching. I hope you can join me for a conversation about what is happening in local communities and some of the biggest issues facing lawmakers during the live event on January 30 at 6 p.m.
Complete details about the event and registration info is available online at http://www.senatorbartolotta.com/tele-town-hall/.
New Website Offers Information on PA ABLE Savings Program
The Pennsylvania Treasury launched a new website last week that offers quick and easy access to information on the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program. The program helps individuals who have a disability save money for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses without risking the loss of government benefits.
PA ABLE is modeled after the successful TAP 529 college savings program, which allows individuals and families to save money for higher education through the use of a tax-free account.
More information about the program is available on the new website at www.paable.gov.
Local Participants Shine at Pennsylvania Farm Show
Families from our area represented the region extremely well and helped showcase the best that our agriculture community has to offer at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show. I appreciate the time spent meeting and visiting with many of our local participants, as well as statewide leaders in agriculture.
Assistance is Available for Unemployment Compensation Claimants
Recent upgrades to The Department of Labor’s website may be able to help many claimants complete the process online without the need for phone calls.
The www.uc.pa.gov website has an alert on the homepage that directs visitors with step-by-step instructions regarding filing a claim. The site also includes information on how to check the status of a claim, set up or change a direct deposit, determine the remaining balance of benefits and more.
In addition, a direct line to UC service centers is available at PA Careerlink offices in Waynesburg and Washington. Although there is usually some wait time associated with the use of the direct line, in some cases, this delay will be shorter than the wait time when using the regular UC phone number.
I encourage anyone who is still having problems with the system to contact my office for further assistance.
District Offices Available to Assist Community Residents
In addition to unemployment compensation issues, my district offices in Canonsburg, Waynesburg, Monongahela and Aliquippa offer assistance with a wide range of concerns and problems pertaining to state government. If I can help with any questions regarding state government programs, services or agencies, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Some of the services offered at my district office include:
For more information on issues of importance to southwestern Pennsylvania, please visit my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com and connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatorbartolotta) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/senbartolotta).
SouthPointe District Office
Greene County Office Building