xxx

xxx

Stoltz

Like our Facebook page for more stories and news from all over.

J & J

J&J Auto Coudersport
J&J Auto Coudersport

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

Howard's Inc.

Do You Know: You can buy this marquee ad on Solomon's words for the wise for your business or event for only $10. per day! It's just one of the low cost advertising options available. Your ad is viewed 30,000 to 50,000 times every day. Email us for information on other ad locations.

CIMINO AUTO PARTS

Thursday, June 8, 2017

News from State Representative Martin Causer


Capitol Update

Thursday, June 08, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
         
Advocating for PA Ambulance Services

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to make the case on the floor of the state House for increased reimbursement rates for our ambulance services. This increase is an important step toward ensuring our ambulance companies remain available to respond to emergencies and save lives.

House Bill 699 would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates from $200 to not less than $300 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and from $120 to not less than $180 for Basic Life Support (BLS) services. The bill has been amended to also increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for air ambulance services. The bill is awaiting a final vote in the House.

 
 Click the link to watch my comments.
                                                          
         
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. As always, assistance with filing the necessary forms is available from my local offices at no charge.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Complete eligibility information is available here.

Rebate checks will begin to be mailed on July 3. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

For more information, copies of the application forms or assistance, please visit www.RepCauser.com or contact one of my offices:

                                                   
         
Ag Committee to Consider Bill to Boost Forest Management in ANF

A bill that aims to enhance the management of the Allegheny National Forest will come before the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Monday.

House Bill 1494 would authorize the Commonwealth to enter into a good neighbor agreement with the federal government to allow the state to help manage the forest through harvesting, promoting forest regeneration and improving habitats.

The committee will also consider a bill that would create a Commission of Agricultural Education Excellence to assist in the development and implementation of agricultural education programming for our schools.

The committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Irvis Office Building of the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg. Barring technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at www.RepCauser.com.
                  
         
House OKs Pension Changes for New Employees

In a major step forward in the effort to reform the state’s public pension systems, the House this week passed legislation that aims to slow the growth of pension liabilities, shift risk away from taxpayers and ensure the Commonwealth can meet its future pension obligations.

Senate Bill 1, which received bipartisan support, would establish three new public pension plans from which state employees and teachers hired in 2019 or later can choose. Each offers a defined contribution component, similar to a 401(k) commonly offered to workers in the private sector. The plans provide future employees with retirement security and portability while also protecting taxpayers.

Current employees will have the opportunity to opt in to a new plan or continue in their current plan, and retirees would not see any changes to their plans. The governor is expected to sign the measure.

For more information, click here.
                  
         
Bill to Base Budget Decisions on Performance Passes House

To help ensure tax dollars are used to their maximum benefit, the House passed legislation, which would require performance-based budgeting.

This type of budgeting uses performance matrices to determine whether each state department has met its goals and objectives, and bases future budget allocations on what was accomplished with the dollars given. Budget requests would include itemized expenditures for all activities required by state and federal statutes at minimum and current levels.

This is another effort by the House to stand up for taxpayers and reinvent the way state government operates.

House Bill 410 now goes to the Senate for review.

No comments :