Feb. 10, 2017


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 The latest news from the State Capitol


Budget Proposal is a Realistic Starting Point

 
The annual state budget process got underway this week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The $32.3 billion proposal is balanced without any broad-based tax increases and includes several initiatives aimed at reducing spending and improving efficiencies by consolidating some state agencies. The administration estimates this could save the Commonwealth about $2 billion.

We are committed to a “restart” of state government, focusing on funding programs and services that work, rooting out waste and reining in overall state spending.

We are equally committed to responsibly funding the core functions of government, including education, transportation and human services, while helping to make the state more attractive to job creators.

Budget hearings in the House begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21. More information can be found at PAHouseGOP.com.

To hear more of my thoughts, click here
 
 
Connecting Nonprofits Through 2-1-1

To raise awareness of a free service by the United Way that partners local nonprofits and social service groups together to help assist Pennsylvanians in need, the House passed House Resolution 49 recognizing Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania.”

By dialing 2-1-1, people are instantly connected to a wealth of information related to their area’s nonprofit and human service providers.

This “one stop shop” helps people cut through red tape and more easily find the help they need. These services are offered on a regionalized approach, ensuring that people are helped by their neighbors and people in their own community.

More information is available at pa211.org.
 
 
Gaming Proceeds Fund Grants for First Responders

 
More than $189,000 in state gaming proceeds will benefit fire and ambulance companies throughout the 109th District.

These grants, which are not funded by General Fund tax dollars, will allow local first response agencies to better afford training, equipment, facility improvements and other needs.

The program, which provides $30 million to fire and ambulance companies statewide, is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Click here for the list of local recipients
 
 
PA House Wears Red for Women

I joined dozens of my colleagues this week in wearing red to raise awareness of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.
 
 
Applications Now Available for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

 
Forms for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are available for download from the Department of Revenue’s website and paper forms are available in my district offices.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Residents do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district offices; however, applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

For more information, visit my website at RepMillard.com or click here
 
 
Upcoming Events

 
• Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1-4 p.m.
• Offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.
• Central Columbia High School presents “Beauty and the Beast” Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5.
• Bloomsburg High School presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5.
• A representative from the American Legion will be in the Bloomsburg district office on Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment. Call 570-387-0246 to make an appointment.
• A representative from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will be in the Bloomsburg district office on Thursday, March 9, from 1-3 p.m.
 
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