The Pennsylvania legislature passed the governor’s $29.1 billion budget last night, a plan that not only fails you and all Pennsylvanians but also fails to prioritize the needs of workers, vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and students. Simply put, the budget that was sent to the governor’s desk last night is far from what our commonwealth needs to move forward, especially when it comes to schools, which is why I voted against it. If you would like to watch the remarks I gave during session last night please click here.
Also last night, the Philadelphia delegation worked with the full Senate to amend House Bill 1177 to levy a $2-per-pack cigarette tax, generating $83 million annually, for the School District of Philadelphia. We still have more work to do on this issue today, and the House of Representatives has yet to vote on the legislation but, if passed, it could go a long way to improve the district’s funding issues.
I’ll continue to keep you informed about what is happening in Harrisburg, and here are a few additional updates that I’d like to share with you:
- Welcome America Celebration;
- Extended property tax/rent rebate deadlines;
- New prices for PA birth certificates; and
- A local farmers’ market.
If there is ever anything I can do to help, please call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have an enjoyable 4th of July,
Sen. Larry Farnese
Welcome America Celebration
Don’t forget to visit www.welcomeamerica.com for all of the city’s free events, celebration schedule, and lineup. There is no better place to celebrate our nation’s birthday then where it all started.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended
The filing deadline for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. The program benefits eligible 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. Remember to exclude half of your Social Security income when you are calculating your eligibility. The maximum standard rebate is $650 but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost some rebates to $975.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available at www.revenue.state.pa.us, by calling 1-888-222-9190 or visiting my district office.
New Price for PA Birth Certificates
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced that the application fee for birth certificates will increase from $10 to $20 beginning today. If you need help submitting your application or if you have questions, call or visit my district office.
Local Farmers’ Market
It’s the time of year when farmers’ markets are popping up all over the city.
In addition to taking advantage of some wonderful produce, from beets to kale and raw honey to micro greens, you will be supporting local growers. The Dickenson Square Farmers’ Market at Moyamensing and Morris streets will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through October.
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