In this Update:
Giving Students the Tools to Succeed
The passage of the 2023-24 state budget reflects important Senate Republican priorities, including helping students by dedicating an additional $567 million to Basic Education and an additional $150 million for education tax credits to provide scholarships to students so they can learn in an education environment that best suits their needs.
We also ensured greater collaboration in keeping children safe in the classroom by consolidating school safety programs and operations under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The commission already manages the highly successful School Safety and Security Grant Program created by the Senate in 2018.
Officiating Opportunities Available Throughout PA
If you would like to help your community more this year, there are lots of opportunities to make a huge difference in the lives of student-athletes.
There’s a shortage of referees, umpires and other high school officials in almost every sport. High school officials protect the integrity of the games our kids love to play by demonstrating qualities like honesty, objectivity, consistency and courage.
Hours are flexible, and it’s a great way to stay in good physical condition. Find out how to become an official.
Recognizing Law Enforcement in Our Communities
Tuesday, Jan. 9, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Protecting our communities is a dangerous and demanding job, but men and women across the state answered the call to public service. They leave their families not knowing if they’ll need to give their lives to keep us safe.
I appreciate their selflessness and commitment to others and was proud to vote for legislation to help them.
Act 60 of 2023 expands the list of law enforcement entities covered under the Heart and Lung Act, which provides for salary and medical expenses to be paid when an officer or firefighter is injured on the job. Other new laws passed by the Senate allow municipal police to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history checks on police applicants and funds an additional 100 Pennsylvania State Police troopers to help make our communities safer.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Period Opens January 16
The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is open to state residents age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, or anyone age 18 and over who is 100% disabled, earning less than $45,000, when counting only half of Social Security income.
Beginning January 16, applicants may file for a rebate HERE: https://mypath.pa.gov/ on the property taxes or rent they paid for their primary residence in 2023. The maximum rebate is now $1,000.
My office would be happy to assist those eligible with the application process. Please don’t hesitate to call or stop in with questions about eligibility or to obtain help in completing Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms.
It is important to note: documentation of all 2023 income as well as property tax/rent paid is required to be submitted with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate application. All documents must be brought along at the time of application to ensure accurate and timely completion. Please call with any questions!
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