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Welcome to the PSATS Morning News, our email digest.

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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CyberAttacks in the News?

Many Americans seem to be just learning about cyberattacks due to the Colonial pipeline shutdown which has caused long gas lines and supply interruptions on the east coast.  For township officials, PSATS has been helping prepare you for years. You…

Pennsylvania Now 11th for Vaccine Doses Administered Per Capita

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania has moved up to 11th for total doses administered per capita. Nationally, more than 116 million people have been fully vaccinated, nearly 45% of the adult population.  The commonwealth has now administered 9.3 million…

Pennsylvania to Increase Size of Gatherings on Monday 

The Wolf Administration will increase the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings on Monday, May 17, at 12:01 a.m. Indoor limits will increase from 25% to 50% of capacity, and outdoor events will increase from 50% to 75% of capacity. Masking…

FCC $50 Emergency Broadband Credit Available Today

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program opens today, which will help make broadband more affordable by providing a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and a one-time discount of up…

Reminder: No Need to Apply for Federal Funding

Townships are reminded that municipalities with populations of less than 50,000, also known as non-entitlement communities, do NOT need to apply for the federal American Rescue Plan funding. This was clarified in the guidance released on Monday by the U.S.…

Learn About the Interim Federal Guidelines for Recovery Funding

Join PSATS staff and Premier Partner Zelenkofske Axelrod in a Virtual Town Hall this Friday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. “The American Rescue Plan Act Funding Update”will discuss the ins and outs of the new U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule…

FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Teens 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to authorize its use in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. Phase 3 trials demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody response after vaccination. Click here for more.   

Reminder: We Need Your Legal Advertising Stories!

PSATS will be testifying in support of HB 955, which would give municipalities the option of placing public notices on their own website or that of a newspaper and expand printed publication options, in addition to a newspaper of general…

Treasury Releases Regulations for Federal Funding for Townships

The U.S. Treasury released an Interim Final Rule for the American Rescue Plan funding that all townships will receive in June. The 151-page regulation provides additional guidance about eligible uses and information about reporting. Click here for the press release.…

Pa. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Decrease

Case counts decreased for the third week in a row, with 18,183 new cases of COVID-19 reported this week, 21% less than last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,172,288. Across the state, 20 counties saw their…
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