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Budget Address for 2017-2018 Fiscal Year
Next Tuesday, February 7, Governor Wolf will give his annual budget address to a joint legislative session, where he will unveil his spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year state budget.
It is the General Assembly’s Constitutional responsibility to appropriate funds for programs in the budget, and the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold three weeks of budget hearings to examine the Governor’s proposed spending plan.
I look forward to working to pass a fair, balanced and on-time budget. This is one of the most important jobs that we have as legislators. It is our responsibility to allocate new funds as well as utilize current funds to help pay for programs and services that Pennsylvania citizens depend on every day.
As a newly appointed member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues as we begin this year’s state budget process.
Libre’s Law to Help Prevent Animal Cruelty
I am a co-sponsor and I support Senate Bill 298, legislation known as Libre’s Law, which would hold animal abusers accountable by making it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal. It also adds a new classification for offenders who cause the death or serious bodily injury of an animal. Violators could be found guilty of a third-degree felony.
The legislation was inspired by the story of Libre, a 4 month-old Boston terrier who was rescued last July from a Lancaster County farm after suffering form weeks of severe neglect. The shocking case and Libre’s subsequent recovery generated interest from animal advocates throughout the country.
Senate Bill 298 has earned bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly.
Direct Deposit of Tax Refund into Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program Account
Beginning in 2017, Pennsylvanians may now deposit their state income tax refund directly into an existing, tax-exempt Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program account. 529 plans help families save for college. The name "529" refers to Section 529 of the IRS tax code, which gives these plans special tax breaks to encourage saving.
All or a portion of a refund may be sent to one or multiple accounts. For more information on this new initiative by the Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program, visit their website at www.pa529.com.
Beware of New Phone Scam
Be aware of the “Can you hear me?” phone scam. According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers call and ask the question, and if you answer "yes" there's a possibility that the person behind the phone call has recorded you; will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded "yes" response to confirm your purchase agreement.
Here is more information provided by the Better Business Bureau on how to avoid this scam:
Construction Has Begun To Replace Route 452 Bridge In Marcus Hook
At the end of last month the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began much needed construction on the Route 452 Bridge over Amtrak and SEPTA railroad tracks in Marcus Hook and Lower Chichester, Delaware County.
The project is expected to take about two and a half years and should be completed by September 2019. Market Street will remain open during construction except for two 28-day closures during later stages of the project. As we get more details about the closures we will be sure to make you aware in order to make alternative travel plans.
Lane Restrictions Scheduled Next Week on U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) for Soil Boring in Concord Township
Lane restrictions are scheduled on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) between Brinton Lake Road and State Farm Drive in Concord Township, Delaware County, on Monday, February 6, through Friday, February 10, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for soil boring, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zone. The work schedule is weather dependent.
Adult Trout Stocking by County
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has provided a helpful website/search tool for PA residents to find trout stocking events in their county or date.
To find trout stocking events in our area please visit http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
Reminder: Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Forms Available for 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2016.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
For more information and to apply. please visit the website .
Please do not hesitate to contact my district office if you have questions or need assistance in applying.
How We Can Help You
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How to Contact Me
I have 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.
Senate Box 203009
100 Evergreen Drive