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The PSATS Morning News includes the latest news, videos – look for TVN and the Question of the Week every Tuesday and Thursday – along with legislative and policy updates, grant and funding opportunities, and announcements about upcoming PSATS training.

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Broadband Technical Assistance Grants and Free Q&A Webinar 

USDA Rural Development is now accepting applications for the Broadband Technical Assistance program to promote broadband expansion in rural areas. Townships with a population of less than 20,000 can apply through August 20, 2024, via grants.gov for technical assistance, and no match is required!   …

Reminder: Grants Available for Community Building, Arts Festivals until August 1   

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) FY 2025 Our Towns grant program to support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities is accepting applications until August 1. Eligible projects include:     Interested townships may…

OOR Rejects Anonymous FOIA Buddy RTKL Request

In Curry v. South Western School District, AP 2024-1311, the Office of Open Records denied an appeal by Frank Curry and FOIA Buddy, which have been sending RTKL requests to agencies around the state, on the basis that the requests…

PennDOT Bureaucracy Streamlining 

The state Department of Transportation will not collect FHWA Form 536 in 2024, which means township officials can cross one item off their to-do lists! The form will return in 2025 but the due date will shift to June 15…

Pennsylvania Budget Surplus Likely Depleted in 2025 

The Independent Fiscal Office published an updated brief examining the impacts that the recently passed state budget spending and tax law changes will have on General Fund revenues. The IFO updated its revenue estimates and is projecting deficits for the…

Deadline Extended! Township Data Needed to Open 2024 Salary Survey Reports 

PSATS Salary Survey is a member service brought to you by participating townships, for participating townships. While hundreds of townships have entered 2024 data, we need more participation to open the 2024 reports and provide a good quality product. Please…

Grant Applications for Electric or Hydrogen Heavy-Duty Vehicles Due Thursday

The U.S. EPA’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant program is accepting grant applications for up to $932 million for the replacement of Class 6 and 7 heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles until Thursday, June 25. Zero-emission vehicles are fully electric or hydrogen powered. Townships are…

Pennsylvanians Migrate to Southern Lower Tax States

While Pennsylvania is gaining residents from surrounding states, it continues to lose residents to southern climates according to a new report. The Independent Fiscal Office looked at state-level migration data based on federal tax returns filed and processed during calendar…

Word Version of Sample Right-to-Know Policy Available 

Townships are encouraged to review their open records policy (or consider adopting one!). A PDF version of a sample RTK policy was provided in yesterday’s Morning News. A Word version is also available that can be edited to adjust the…

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is accepting applications for another round of funding in the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) program. $607 million is available in this combined allocation of FY 2024 through 2026 funding for planning, capital construction, and technical…
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