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Friday, June 7, 2013

Capitol Update From State Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, June 07, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

2013-14 State Budget Scheduled for Debate Next Week


With the June 30 budget deadline just around the corner, a $28.3 billion budget bill has been scheduled for a vote in the state House next week.

House Bill 1437 includes no new or increased taxes. Among other things, it proposes to increase funding for basic education by $100 million; allocate funding for more than 300 new state troopers; add $7.2 million to the Department of Health to restore funding for health disease line items such as diabetes programs, epilepsy support, ALS support services and bio-technology research; and allocate $4 million in funding for county conservation districts.

Dozens of amendments already have been filed to the bill, and more are expected as we work to craft a fiscally responsible plan that supports the core functions of government. For more information, click here.
Legislative Survey Reminder

 
Thank you to everyone who has already taken part in my legislative survey. If you haven’t had the chance to do so, the survey – which covers issues such as transportation and privatization of the state’s liquor stores – is available at my website and takes just a few moments of your time. Click here to respond to the survey.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

The deadline to file for the state’s 2012 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. The program offers qualified senior citizens and people with disabilities rebates of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2012.

To qualify, you must be 65 years of age older, a widow or widower age 50 or older, or a person with a disability age 18 or older. You must also meet the following income eligibility limits. When calculating income, exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
 
$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
 
If you think you qualify, my office can help you with the paperwork. Call the Bradford office at 814-362-4400 or the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769. Application forms also are available at my website.

If you already applied for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate this year, you may check the status of your claim here. Rebate checks will be mailed out starting July 1 to those who have already submitted applications.  
House OKs Bill to Address UC Service Center Problems

 
Members of the House voted unanimously this week in support of a bill to help ensure qualified Pennsylvanians receive unemployment compensation payments in a timely manner.

House Bill 26 would divert a portion of employee unemployment compensation taxes to be deposited into a newly established Service and Infrastructure Fund. Money deposited into this fund would help make up for the loss of federal funds and allow the Department of Labor and Industry to improve the quality, efficiency and timeliness of services provided by unemployment compensation centers.

The measure now goes before the Senate for consideration. 

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Probably not gonna help' I was laid off last year and it 12 weeks before I received UC compensation. Granted they paid all back weeks, but redialing over 100 times to get through,(each time for 8 weeks) talking to someone different every time, and no one knowing what was going on was scary. Finally found out that my name spelled wrong when entered into their database and they could not figure out how to fix it..

Anonymous said...

"UC Service Center Problems"
HAHAHA!!!

Ok 5:37pm, want to know what's really been going on this last year?

I have spoken with several people inside the UC system:

-Corbett shut down the call centers servicing UC claims. They also "restructured" the internal claims processes to further restrict abilities for claims people to handle cases. (you'd call one center but be told another was the only one that could talk to you)

The purpose of this was to reduce UC claims (you can't get your claim addressed if you can't get through)

See... they told everyone how they are all pro-jobs and all they want is jobs.

What they wanted was to give away all our natural resources for free (well, for campaign contributions and kick backs) and they knew damn well that most these jobs were going to be filled by out of state employees (and all the money would in turn leave the state)

So, our jobs numbers in PA were already looking so bad they could barely fudge the statistics enough to say what they wanted them to say. Of all the states in the north east US, PA is among the worst for job growth.

So they cut the ability for people that NEEDED those services THEY PAID INTO to be able to get them.

Families trying to put food on the table,
people trying to put gas in their cars to go find those jobs.

These people were political pawns just to adjust some job number / UC claim reports. THAT'S IT.

I wonder if Marty and Tom have to wait 12 weeks for their comfy government perks? hahaha!

So... anyways, fast forward a year. We have an election coming up and the legislators and Corbett want all the unemployed to know they are their good buddies trying to help!


They dont' serve you,
they think you exist to serve them.
They are the problem, and there is only one solution.

VOTE THEM ALL OUT

ps: marty you knew about all this. I called your office multiple times last year to get to the bottom of this

a year later you're just now looking into it?

Your political games on the people of this state are damaging all of us and the people you allegedly serve deserve to hear the truth.

Anonymous said...

Sad part is 11:50 is most likely an obuma supporter!

Anonymous said...

Why does the UC dept. think the benefits is their money? It's our money we paid in to them!!!

Anonymous said...

Welfare/unemployment is like perscription meds. Too many abusers.

Anonymous said...

If 11:50 is right, who cares if he's an obumma supporter?