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Senator Rich Alloway
Governor’s Vetoes Thwart ‘Government That Works’
After numerous public hearings and countless hours of study and debate, lawmakers recently sent Governor Wolf a quartet of historic bills aimed at refining state government operations and improving the quality of life for Pennsylvania families, including:
Unfortunately, the governor rejected all four of these proposals, undoing years of quality work and input from experts and Pennsylvania citizens, all for the sake of partisan politics and ideology. These vetoes fly in the face of the governor’s stated goal of promoting “Government That Works.” The budget veto also jeopardizes funding for school districts and social service organizations who support the neediest Pennsylvanians.
Although the governor and his press team have paid lip service to the need for compromise, the Wolf Administration has offered no hint that they would accept anything less than the largest tax increase in Pennsylvania’s history. Contrary to their inflammatory statements to the press, the Administration has not offered any semblance of compromise or concession publically and continue to stubbornly advocate a $12 billion tax increase that will hit households in every income bracket.
While the prospects of passing a budget in the next several weeks are murky at best, I still have hope that lawmakers and the Administration can come together to reach an agreement. Both sides share a common interest in supporting schools and improving state government. A resolution to the budget impasse hinges on the Administration finally understanding that their massive tax-and-spend plan is not the best way to reach those goals.
Tree Planting Event Scheduled for October 10
In conjunction with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I will host a district-wide tree planting event on October 10 in communities throughout the region. The goal of the program is to plant at least 10,000 trees throughout the region.
Volunteers are still need to serve as tree planters and site captains for the event at the following locations:
Reaching the goal of planting 10,000 trees throughout the area will require a number of volunteers who are willing to dedicate a single day in order to pass along a healthier environment to future generations. I encourage local individuals, businesses or organizations who are interested in serving as volunteers or corporate sponsors to contact one of my offices or register online at www.SenatorAlloway.com.
Property Tax and Rent Rebates Issued
The state Department of Revenue recently began issuing rebates to applicants for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program for taxes or rent paid in 2014. A total of $214 million was delivered to 456,000 homeowners and renters so far.
The deadline to apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 was recently extended from June 30 to December 31 to allow more eligible individuals to apply for the program. My office is available to assist anyone who needs help in completing an application.
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