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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


2016-2017 State Budget Passed

Unlike last year’s historic budget impasse the Pennsylvania State budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 has been passed in just under 2 weeks since the June 30th deadline. With this year’s budget there is no broad-based tax increases, and it provides significant resources for our state’s top priorities. Some of the highlights of the budget include:

  • $15 million to combat the opioid addiction crisis which includes funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services.
  • An increase in the state’s share of PreK-12 funding (by $665 million) to a historic high of $11.7 billion.
  • A $20 million increase for special education.
  • An increase of $10.4 million for early intervention programs, and $5 million more for Head Start programs.
  • The budget restores important health related funding that was eliminated by the Governor for a number of programs: Regional Cancer Institutes ($600,000); Lupus ($100,000); Trauma Prevention ($460,000); Epilepsy Support Services ($550,000); Bio-Technology Research ($669 million); Tourette Syndrome ($150,000); ALS Support Services ($500,000).
  • Increases in Higher Education funds of 2.5 percent for institutions like Temple University, Penn State University, West Chester University and Delaware County Community College.

Senator Killion Legislation To Save County Millions Signed Into Law

Many Pennsylvania counties will save millions of dollars and be able to provide better long-term care due to passage by the General Assembly of a compromised version of a proposal first introduced by Sen. Killion. The Killion initiative eliminates the requirement for counties to pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents cared for in their skilled care facilities, and was included in amendments to the Human Services Code.

The provision will phase out the 10 percent county share over the next several years as new Medicaid managed care plans are implemented across the Commonwealth. In total, eliminating the fee will save county-run skilled care facilities over $19 million each year when fully implemented and will save Delaware County over $2 million annually once it is fully implemented. The fee will be completely eliminated by 2019.

The bill received bi-partisan support and was signed by the Governor July 8, 2016.


Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners

More than $136 million in unclaimed tangible property and money was returned to its rightful owners during 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury.

The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.

One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base or call the toll-free number, 800-222-2046, for information and assistance.


Upcoming Town Halls

My next Town Hall with be held Thursday July 21at Bethel Township Hose Co. 1, 3737 Foulk Road, Garnet Valley, PA 19060. This is a chance for you to voice your concerns about state government issues. If you plan on attending please RSVP to 610-358-5183. Light refreshments will be served. I hope to see you there.


Satellite Offices Now Open

Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The location and hours are listed here:

Nether Providence Township Building
214 Sykes Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
1st Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Edgmont Township Building
1000 Gradyville Road
Gradyville, PA 19039
2nd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Borough of Marcus Hook
10th and Green Streets
Marcus Hook, PA 19061
3rd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kennett Township Building
801 Burrows Run Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
4th Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Chester Township Municipal Building
1150 Engle Street
Chester, PA 19013
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
1pm - 4pm


How to Contact Me

I have a staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

100 Evergreen Drive
Suite 113
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-358-5183
Fax: 610-358-5184

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