Warmest Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season
As we bring another year to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the honor of serving you in the State Senate.
Each day that I go to work, I am reminded of the solemn obligation I have to put the people of northern Lancaster County first.
To me, one of my most important responsibilities I have as a Senator is to listen to the views and concerns of the people I represent, and I would like to thank you for taking time to contact me about the issues you feel strongly about or with problems you need help with in state government.
Many of you have expressed frustration with how our state government is managed. Certainly, the challenges are real and one of the biggest issues facing us is our ability to be honest about the problems we must address and what the solutions to fix those issues require.
I am proud that I have been able to have constructive and positive conversations with those that contact me, even when we disagree. I believe that together, we can set a positive example on how we can have difficult conservations in a way that is respectful and civil.
It is my hope that in 2018 we can continue the hard work of advancing a vision worthy Pennsylvania: strong families, vibrant communities, an economy that gives everyone an opportunity to experience earned success, and high performing schools.
Best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas. May the New Year bring you peace, love and prosperity.
It was my pleasure to host Dr. Justin Watson and his wife Ana to our State Capitol recently. Dr. Watson is the head of the Computational Methods Development Department and Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State.
General Assembly Acts to Protect Prescription Benefits for Seniors
Pennsylvania’s PACE and PACENET programs help reduce the cost of prescription medications for approximately 300,000 older state residents. I supported legislation that recently passed the House and Senate to ensure participants in these programs will not lose eligibility for prescription benefits due to cost-of-living increases in Social Security payments in the new calendar year.
In the past, cost-of-living adjustments could push participants in the PACE and PACENET programs above the income limits to qualify for benefits. It is estimated that up to 13,000 seniors would lose benefits without action by state lawmakers.
The PACE program benefits state residents age 65 or older who meet income eligibility requirements. For a single person, total income must be $14,500 or less, or $17,700 or less for a married couple. PACENET covers single seniors who earn between $14,500 and $23,500, as well as married seniors earning between $17,700 and $31,500.
Applications and more information on both programs are available on the state Department of Aging’s website at www.aging.pa.gov.
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Application Period Extended to January 2
Low-income seniors and state residents who have a disability will have extra time to apply for the state’s popular Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. The deadline has been extended from December 31 to January 2 to apply for a rebate on rent or property taxes paid in 2016.
Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Property Tax Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at my district office in Lititz.
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