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Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
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200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
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PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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SERS Board Appointment
2/15/2019
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My Appointment to the SERS Board of Trustees

Recently, I was appointed by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to serve as the House majority member of the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

The SERS Board of Trustees, which consists of 11 members, serves in a fiduciary capacity regarding the investments and disbursements of the SERS retirement fund.

In addition to managing assets, the board performs required functions for the administration and execution of the SERS Code, such as certifying contribution rates, authorizing the actuarial valuation and independent audit of the system and publishing an annual financial statement of the condition of the retirement fund. Members review the activities performed by the system’s executive director and chief investment officer.

Established in 1923, SERS is one of the nation’s oldest and largest statewide retirement plans for public employees. It manages the pension benefits of approximately 239,000 employees and retirees for 102 public sector employers. In 2017, SERS paid approximately $3.3 billion in benefits and managed $29.7 billion in assets.

I am excited to work with the other members of this board to clearly communicate members’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities and to effectively manage the resources of the system.
 

Budget Hearings Begin in Harrisburg

As all state budget legislation must originate in the House of Representatives, the Appropriations Committee is the primary committee of the General Assembly tasked with overseeing state government spending, state fiscal policies and developing a state budget each fiscal year.

This week’s slate of hearings included appearances by the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the departments of Revenue, Aging, and Conservation and Natural Resources.

The next week of hearings, beginning Monday, Feb. 25, will feature the departments of Corrections, General Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Military and Veterans Affairs, along with the Liquor Control Board and the Gaming Control Board.

The full schedule is available here. The site also includes video of the archived hearings once available.
 

Take Steps to Avoid Scams This Tax Season


As tax season begins, it is important to protect yourself and your family from scams and phishing schemes designed to steal your money or personal financial information.

One common scam to keep an eye out for involves phony “Final Demand for Payment” notices threatening the seizure of a taxpayer’s property if the recipient of the notice fails to make immediate payment.

Pennsylvanians should also beware of phishing schemes that use fraudulent email messages, deceptive software or malicious files that are designed to steal sensitive information, such as passwords, usernames or personal financial information.

If you think you are a victim of identity theft or discover a fraudulent Pennsylvania personal income tax return was filed using your identity, contact the Department of Revenue’s Fraud Detection and Analysis Unit at 717-772-9297 or RA-RVPITFRAUD@pa.gov.
   

Deadline Approaching for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships

I want to remind you not to miss the March 1 deadline for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two high school seniors preparing for post-secondary education. The program 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 a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration for the award is a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial post.

The application is available here. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. It is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
 

Applications Available for the Malt Beverage Tax Program

The Pennsylvania Malt Beverage Tax Credit Program is now accepting applications for the program year.

A taxpayer who is a manufacturer of malt or brewed beverages may apply for tax credits against the malt beverage tax imposed under Article XX of the Tax Reform Code for investment in qualified capital expenditures. A taxpayer may apply for a Malt Beverage Tax Credit by submitting an application along with supporting documentation to the Department of Revenue by April 1, 2019.
For more information and to apply for a Malt Beverage Tax Credit, please refer to the PA Department of Revenue Tax Credits webpage by clicking here
 

Ensuring Victims’ Rights

Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced recently in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
 

PennDOT Offices Closed for Presidents Day

In observance of Presidents Day, all PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
 
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