It is budget season again in Harrisburg. Governor Corbett formally presented his spending plan last week and, like his previous budgets, its priorities are not where I think they need to be. It’s not true, as the governor proclaimed, that ‘Pennsylvania’s comeback’ is underway. Too many school children and working class families continue to suffer from the draconian budget cuts of the past three years.
His proposed education budget, which includes a one-year, $241 million competitive block grant, does not address the structural disparity in funding for the Philadelphia School District. We need a real change in the funding formula for Philadelphia and other struggling districts to make sure our children get their fair share of funding and the education they deserve.
The governor’s stubborn position on not joining dozens of other states that have accepted the federal government’s invitation to participate in Medicaid expansion continues to be a bad management decision.
Senate Democrats have a budget and savings plan that would address the existing inequities in education, funding, job creation and Medicaid expansion. The governor should follow it instead of further hurting struggling Pennsylvanians.
Take care, thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Property Tax/Rent Rebates
Need help with your property tax and/or rent rebate application? Call or visit my district office. PA’s rebate program helps 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 and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
State and Federal Income Tax Information
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but tax season is underway. If you need 2013 state tax information or forms, go to the PA Department of Revenue’s website.
Need federal paperwork? The IRS’ website will have all you need to complete your 2013 federal taxes.
Presidents’ Day Weekend
Presidents’ Day is just around the corner. We mark it to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln even though the holiday falls on Washington’s birthday. It has also become a time to celebrate the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents.
Philadelphia will offer many celebrations during Presidents’ Day Weekend. There will be events all weekend at the National Constitution Center – and admission is free on President’s Day. Learn about the role of the president, design your own presidential seal, and play “Hail to the Chief” quiz games.
The National Park Service also has many different events planned for Presidents’ Day Weekend.
Report a Pothole
Spend any amount of time driving on area roads; your car has probably hit a pothole. This winter’s severe weather is making the pothole problem worse throughout Philly and the commonwealth. One way to fight back is to report potholes when you encounter them.
PennDOT and the Philadelphia Streets Department have telephone numbers (below) that you should dial to report problems.
Be as specific as possible when reporting pothole locations. For state routes, report the county, municipality, street name, or preferably the state route number found on the small, black-and-white signs posted along state roadways. Also, describe familiar landmarks near the road divot that will help PennDOT find the problem area.
In Philadelphia, the Streets Department’s "pothole patcher" is getting to work. Pothole patchers require just one operator and can fill as many as 60 potholes in day.
Want a pothole filled and fixed? Here is the contact info I promised:
Philadelphia's "Smooth Streets" website
- Dial 311 or (215) 686-5560
- 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623)
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