A happy Tuesday morning to you,
As we begin our first full week of summer, the Pennsylvania legislature is still in session and working on the new budget. There is no doubt that you have seen the news coverage or talked to your friends and co-workers about some of the issues that we are struggling with: education, transportation, pensions and liquor privatization. These are very complicated issues that do not have quick and easy solutions, so I expect our negotiations to come down to the wire. As always, I will keep you up-to-date on our progress. In the meantime, here are a few updates for you on:
- Summer fun for the family;
- Property tax/rent rebates;
- Honoring a veteran; and
- Paying for college.
Thank you for your interest and feel free to let me know if you need anything.
All my best,
Sen. Larry Farnese
Summer Fun for the Family
The City of Philadelphia’s website -- www.funsafephillysummer.com -- is a great way to start planning your summer fun. The page has information about summer activities and local programming, volunteer opportunities and where children and young adults 18 and under can eat free. It’s easy to use and I encourage you to explore the fun guide, which has 101 free summer activities for you and your family.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates
If you need help with your property tax and/or rent rebate, visit my district office. PA’s rebate program is designed to benefit Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
Honor Your Vet with a Commemorative Plate
Did you know the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issues Honoring our Veterans license plates for passenger cars and light trucks? The plate, featuring a bald eagle and the American flag, is available for $35 and supports the state’s Veteran’s Trust Fund. For more information visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Need Financial Aid for College
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) interactive student aid guide can provide you with a complete overview of the financial aid process. It also has information on the majority of financial aid programs and services that are available to you. For more information, click here.
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