Bengals Opens the Police Officer John Marynowitz Gymnasium
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Bengals Opens the Police Officer John Marynowitz Gymnasium

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Bustleton Bengals who after years of hard work and determination opened the Police Officer John Marynowitz Gymnasium.

It is a tremendous achievement with all the fundraising that was done. All the time and effort put in by the parents and volunteers is a great example of what makes our neighborhood such a wonderful place to live.

Special thank you to Councilman Brian O'Neill who significantly helped in this endeavor.

I know generations of children will learn important lessons like sportsmanship and make lifelong friendships during their time using this incredible facility.

Good Jobs for PA: Focusing on Careers and Workforce Enhancement
A key to our economic success as a Commonwealth is to ensure our students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs.

To that end, we launched our #GoodJobs4PA initiative this week, focusing on enhancing workforce development systems to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers.

The bills aim to address the skills gap and worker shortages faced by industries across the state, as well as enhance educational programs and access to those opportunities for workers of all ages.

Here’s a breakdown of those bills to help career and technical schools:

House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.

House Bill 297, which would direct the State Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.

House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.

House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.

Soon to be introduced:

House Bill 393, which would create an online career resource center.

House Bill 394, which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.

House Bill 395, which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.

House Bill 396, which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.

These bills are designed to increase awareness of job-training opportunities and high-demand careers for students.

These bills support education in ways which provide a pathway to excellent jobs! #GoodJobs4PA

Improving the Do-Not-Call List
Helping Pennsylvanians cut down on the number of telemarketing calls they receive is the goal of House Bill 318, which was passed this week.

The bill gives Pennsylvanians the ability to sign up for the state’s telemarketing "do-not-call" list without requiring them to re-register every five years.

The bill also aims to cut down on the annoyance of telemarketing calls during holidays by banning telemarketing calls on legal holidays. It would also ban the use of calls from computerized auto-dialers (robocalls).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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