Apr. 13, 2017


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Protecting Local Tax Dollars

To give taxpayers greater peace of mind that their tax money is being deposited in the appropriate accounts, the House passed legislation recently to prohibit checks from being made payable to an individual.

House Bill 16 would require checks to be made payable to the name of the tax collector along with the office, title, or position and be deposited into a separate bank account only used for tax money.

Current law does not specify how taxes are to be paid, so it is left to individual tax collectors to determine how they want checks made out for the payment of taxes and in which account the tax money is to be deposited.

The legislation is now with the Senate for review.

Thanks for Attending Our Concealed Carry Seminar

Thank you to everyone who attended our Concealed Carry Seminar held on Tuesday at the Dalton Fire Hall. I’d like to extend a special thanks to Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon and Lackawanna County Deputy Sheriff Colleen Catanese for sharing their expertise with the group.

Giving Life a Second Chance

To raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of organ donation, House Resolution 209 passed the House recently to designate April 2017 as National Donate Life Month in Pennsylvania.

According to Donate Life America, more than 33,000 transplants brought life to patients during the last year. However, more than 118,000 men, women and children still need organ transplants. In Pennsylvania, almost 8,000 people are on the organ transplant list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

About 4.6 million Pennsylvanians have said “yes” to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. In addition, more than 134 million people, or about 54 percent of the adult population in the United States, are registered donors,

Tax-Free Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities

Tax-free savings accounts aimed at helping people with disabilities save money for future care and services are now available through the Pennsylvania Treasury. The PA ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts are structured similar to tuition savings accounts and allow people with disabilities, their family members and friends to contribute up to $14,000 per year to a maximum account limit of $511,758. Once the limit is reached, accounts can continue to earn interest.

Withdrawals from the account will be exempt from both state and federal income taxes as long as the funds are used for “qualified disability expenses.” These include, but are not limited to, education, housing, transportation, employment training/support and assistive technology.

To receive the benefits of PA ABLE, the qualifying disability must have started prior to age 26.

For more information, click here

Ending the Death Tax on Children

Legislation to eliminate the inheritance tax for transfers of property from a parent to a child age 21 and younger passed the state House recently. Currently, property transferred from a parent to a minor child is subject to an inheritance tax rate of 4.5 percent.

However, property transfers from a child age 21 or younger to a natural parent, adoptive parent or step-parent are exempt from the tax, and House Bill 291 seeks to exempt property transfers from the tax in the reverse order.
This would be especially beneficial to farmers who often leave the family farm to their children.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Around Our Community

It was my pleasure to join Congressman Lou Barletta and Sen. Lisa Baker at the Wyoming County Chamber Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday.

I attended the Children’s Service Center Award Luncheon on Monday and presented a House citation, congratulating the center on 155 years of service. Sen. Lisa Baker was honored with the Commitment to Children Award, and Bill Jones, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, accepted the Community Partner Award.

On Tuesday, the Tunkhannock office for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), along with the Nurse-Family Partnership of Wyoming and Sullivan Counties, offered a car seat safety check outside the Children’s Service Center. The Nurse-Family Partnership is a maternal and early childhood health program that fosters long-term success for first-time moms, their babies and society. Many families attended to be sure that car seats were both properly installed and the correct size.
Pictured with me are Theo Deitman, senior operations manager; Erin Platts, registered dietitian; Terry McClosky, program manager; and Ingrid Husisian, program assistant.

It was my pleasure to attend a Hunters Night Out event celebrated at Shadowbrook Resort in Tunkhannock.

I attended a fundraiser for the Harveys Lake Lions Club, of which I am a proud member, last Sunday.

It was my pleasure to attend about the Back Mountain Gold Shield Gala honoring Back Mountain Police Officers and Departments. April 7 is the founding date of Dallas Township. This event kicked off the Dallas Days Bicentennial Celebration.

Borough of Harveys Lake Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) to Host Harveys Lake Earth Week Cleanup

The Harveys Lake Environmental Advisory Council is organizing a community cleanup on Sunday, April 23, from 1-4 p.m. The home base is Harveys Lake Beach Club, and then volunteers will be directed to clean-up routes from there. For more information and to register, contact Megan at 570-814-9230 or via email at msprynn@gmail.com.

Outreach Hours Offered Next Week

A member of my staff will be available at the following locations next week to provide assistance with Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, PennDOT paperwork, state-related issues and more.

• Tuesday, April 18, at the Benton Township Community Center, located at 16043 Route 407 in Fleetville, from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Wednesday, April 19, at the Falls Senior Center, located at 2813 Sullivan’s Trail in Falls, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A caseworker for U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Hazleton) will be at the Tunkhannock district office on Monday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Assistance will be available for constituents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs, and constituents are encouraged to bring documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues.
Veterans outreach hours will be offered on Tuesday, April 18, at the Dallas district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be on hand to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

A representative from the Center for Independent Living is available for appointments at the Tunkhannock district office on Tuesday, April 18. Please call the Tunkhannock office at 570- 836-4777 to make an appointment.

Wishing You a Blessed Holiday

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday! Enjoy the nice spring weather and time with family and friends this weekend. As a reminder, my district offices will be closed on Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday.

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