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988 East Main Street
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Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
Toll-free: 855-271-9384
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

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Borough Building
200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 am to 4 pm

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PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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State Budget Address Starts the Process
2/8/2019
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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


State Budget Address Starts the Process
This week, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The governor’s budget address represents a starting point. The House and Senate will take time to review his proposal and make improvements where necessary.

House Republicans have been, and will continue to be, leaders when it comes to education funding, having increased funding for PreK-12 education by $3.4 billion since 2011.

We will also continue our commitment to building the economy through a better tax and regulatory climate, as well as ensuring our students are trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We are equally committed to removing the barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

The budget proposal spends more than I’m comfortable with, but together I’m confident we will craft a responsible budget. Our focus needs to be on ensuring that the dollars we are spending are truly moving Pennsylvania forward.

Click here to read my thoughts in more detail.

The budget process continues next week with the first in a series of House Appropriations Committee hearings to delve into the details of the governor’s spending plan. For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings, visit pahousegop.com.


Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program
 
As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.
 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available
 
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available at  RepTobash.com, and at my district office in Schuylkill Haven.

The program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid last year.

To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of Social Security income excluded.

Certain supplemental rebates can boost homeowner rebates up to $975. The supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue for qualifying homeowners.

Residents should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost. If you need a helping hand, call my office at 570-385-8235 and schedule an appointment.

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.
 

Applications for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit RepTobash.com and click on “House Scholarship Information.” The application deadline is March 1.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.
 

Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors
House Republicans are continuing their commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of seniors and patients with chronic conditions by making it easier to adhere to their medication schedules.

This week the lawmakers passed House Bill 195, which ensures patients can synchronize their medications in order to receive refills on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

This commonsense legislation would put Pennsylvania in line with Medicaid Part D, the PACE Program, and 35 other states that allow medication synchronization.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
 

Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available
Start planning for this year’s fishing season with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission’s 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule.

More than 700 streams and 120 lakes will be stocked with nearly 3.2 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing.

Opening Day of trout season will be Saturday, March 30, for our area.

Copies of the trout stocking schedules, including a searchable database, can be found online here.
 
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Office Locations
988 Route 61 South, East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 | Phone (toll free) (855) 271-9384
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown, PA  Phone (717) 647-7208
4B East Wing, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2147 
Email: mtobash@pahousegop.com
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