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Lawmaker Talks Voter ID Law, Training for Vets

Sen. Tim Solobay talks about everything from the state's Voter ID law to job training for veterans.

A , setting the stage for a legal battle that could go right up to this year’s presidential election. 

Even though the state could not produce a single case of voter impersonation during court testimony, Judge Robert E. Simpson said the Pennsylvania election officials could continue with their botched project to get required identification to nearly a million Pennsylvanians who don’t currently have it.

The cost of this mess is going through the roof but, even as opponents file appeals and the federal government appears ready to step in, anyone who does not have the required ID should get it as soon as possible.  

The consequences of the next election are far too important to wait to see how the courts are going to decide this.

State Seeking Proposals for Housing

The upsurge of jobs in the region has pushed up housing prices which can put a squeeze on low-income families. 

That’s why the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is looking for proposals on how to improve the availability and affordability of housing in counties that host Marcellus Shale gas wells.

PHFA will be awarding millions in grants to counties that produce affordable housing plans, with most of the money coming from impact fees on gas drillers.  

The agency will also be conducting two “webinars” and one in-person seminar to explain the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund and how the grants will be awarded.

Proposals that leverage funds from other sources, like the federal government, will be given top consideration. The deadline to apply for the program is Nov. 2.

For more information, click here.

Job and Training Help for Veterans

Veterans who are looking for a job, or want training to land a better job, are invited to the Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in Washington for a free career fair on Sept. 14.

The school and Pennsylvania CareerLink are co-sponsoring the event, which will provide veterans with information about jobs, education, and health care.

There will also be workshops on resume building, developing interviewing skills, and more. The Penn Commercial Business/Technical School is located at 242 Oak Spring Road.

For more information, click here.

Patrick Shane August 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
This is Voter Suppression at its finest. Watch the video and sign the petition to end Voter Suppression. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TjVsQa57c
imout August 22, 2012 at 08:32 PM
60% of the states have some type of voter ID requirement. The only thing being done here is the protection of the integrity of our election system. It is a simple requirement that even if you don't have ID on election day you may still vote via a provisional ballot. Or if you like you may vote via absentee ballot via USmail. There is no supression. This is a very good thing, so that your vote is not negated by someone else who does not meet voting requirements(age, citizenship, incarcerated felon, etc.). This also prevents voter fraud, which is a good thing. There is no obstacle to vote with PA law. The law is well written so that it prevents suppression of the vote.

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