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Governor’s Address to Kick Off 2020-21 Budget Process


The House and Senate will convene in a joint session of the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to hear Gov. Tom Wolf outline his spending proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. You can watch the address live at www.pahousegop.com.

I have stood up for taxpayers and will continue to do so, working to ensure your hard-earned money is invested wisely in the core functions of government, such as education and public safety.

We are also committed to building the economy through a better tax and regulatory climate, as well as ensuring that our students are trained for the jobs of tomorrow and that our agricultural producers receive the support they deserve.

The governor’s address is just the beginning of the annual budget process. The House Appropriations Committee will conduct a series of hearings starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, to delve into the details of the governor’s plan and how state agencies are spending their funding.

For a schedule of the hearings, click here. 
 
 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available


Forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019.

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.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

Remember – you do not need to pay anyone for assistance to apply for the rebates. Help is available from my offices at no charge.
                                    
Additional information, as well as claim forms, are available here.

The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2020. Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law.
  
 
PennDOT Wants to Hear from You!


PennDOT has announced it will hold a 45-day public comment period on proposed updates to its Statewide Public Participation Plan.

The plan represents PennDOT’s documented public involvement process outlining opportunities for public participation in statewide transportation planning and programming. PennDOT encourages the public to review the draft plan in its entirety, and to provide comments.

The draft document and the electronic comment form are available here. Paper copies of the draft document and comment form are also available at PennDOT district offices, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization offices, and at stakeholder locations throughout the state. A list of the viewing locations is available at the website noted above.

All comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and evaluated by PennDOT. Changes to the draft plan will be determined as part of the evaluation process. All comments and questions received during the comment period will become a part of the update process documentation.

The comment period concludes on Wednesday, March 11.
 
 
U.S. Census Bureau Hiring for 2020


The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages that are paid weekly. Authorized expenses, such as mileage, are reimbursed for employees doing field work.

Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census.

Temporary positions for the 2020 Census feature flexible hours—a perfect fit if you are looking to earn extra money, even if you already have other commitments.

Learn more here.
 
 
Bridge on Reservoir Road Reopens


On Thursday I participated in a Ribbon Cutting ceremony announcing the reopening of the bridge on Reservoir Road. I am seen with Sen. Lisa Baker and Dallas Borough officials.
 
 
Welcoming Officer Connie McGinness


On Thursday I had the opportunity to welcome Dallas Borough’s newest patrol officer, Connie McGinness. I am seen here with Senator Lisa Baker, Officer McGinness and Chief Jim Drury.
 
 
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