Jun. 07, 2024

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

In this Edition:
  •   Application Deadline Extended for 2023 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
  •   Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Scam Jam Event
  •   Jumpstarting Energy Production, Creating Jobs
  •   Check Out the Revamped 511PA
  •   PFBC Seeks Applications for Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
  •   Happenings in the 106th District
Application Deadline Extended for 2023 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The deadline for senior citizens and Pennsylvanians with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended to Dec. 31.

Income limits for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program increased this year to $45,000 for both homeowners and renters. If you were earning too much to qualify before, you may be eligible now. Remember to exclude 50% of Social Security when determining your income. The law I supported to expand the program also increased the maximum rebate to $1,000.

The program is open to residents age 65 years and older; widows and widowers 50 years and older; and people with disabilities 18 years and older.

Apply online at mypath.pa.gov. Additional information about the program is available here.

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law.
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Scam Jam Event

Have you registered for the Scam Jam & Fraud Bingo scheduled for Friday, June 28? It is going to be a fun time in which we can learn about common scams. Learn more about that event and others here.
Jumpstarting Energy Production, Creating Jobs

Click here to view video.

The House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee held a public hearing Monday regarding House Bill 2338, which would modernize the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority so that our state is better positioned to receive federal infrastructure funding. Federal investment can help to create jobs here.
Check Out the Revamped 511PA

The Commonwealth’s free, statewide travel information service – 511PA – has been upgraded with a new website, mobile app and phone system to make it more user friendly.

Operated by PennDOT and the PA Turnpike, 511PA provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. It is available online via its website, www.511PA.com; through smartphone apps; by dialing 5-1-1; or following regional X alerts.

Users can sign up for personalized travel alerts on the website. Current 511PA personal-alert subscribers need to create a new account in the updated system and set up their preferences to continue receiving alerts. A transformed 511PA app is part of the new system, so users will need to update their Apple or Android app to access the latest version.

Read more about the upgrades to 511PA here.
PFBC Seeks Applications for Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is requesting proposals for its Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

The grants are economic engines for local communities that benefit traveling boaters by offering safe overnight docking opportunities and easy access to towns and waterfronts. Grants may be made to public and private operators of open-to-the-public boating facilities, including municipal agencies (cities, townships, counties, etc.), state agencies and other government entities.

Eligible activities include the construction, renovation and maintenance of transient tie-up facilities. Boating infrastructure refers to features that provide stopover places for transient non-trailerable recreational vessels to tie up. These features include transient slips, day docks, floating docks and fixed piers, navigational aids, and dockside utilities, including electric, water and pumpout stations.

For additional information, click here. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 31.
Happenings in the 106th District

Last Friday, I watched the 11th running of the Penn Mile as well as other stakes racing at Penn National Race Course in Grantville. My friend, Erin McClellan, trained the winning horse, New Hire, in the eighth race – the Penn Ladies Dash Stakes. The night drew sizable crowds. Visit this page to watch videos I recorded in the lead-up to the Penn Mile.

Our area has another new Eagle Scout! Join me in congratulating Jacob Dunkleberger, who is a member of Troop 97 in Londonderry Township. Jacob studied diesel technology at Dauphin County Technical School and will continue working at Cocker's Towing Inc. He started Scouting at age 6.