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Senator Richard Alloway

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Harrisburg Office
172 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-4651
Fax: 717-772-2753
TTY: 800-364-1581

District Offices

37 South Main Street
Suite 200
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-264-6100
Fax: 717-264-3652

16-A Deatrick Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-4169
Fax: 717-334-5911
Toll Free: 866-334-1863

118 Carlisle Street
Suite 309
Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: 717-632-1153
Fax: 717-632-1183

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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:

  • a state budget that invested $370 million in education without the need for a tax increase,
  • public pension reform that would protect retirees and current employees while reducing future obligations for taxpayers,
  • legislation to privatize the sale of wine and liquor to improve customer selection and convenience while maintaining the state’s oversight and regulatory role, and
  • bipartisan reforms to the Basic Education Funding Formula to ensure education dollars are distributed fairly to school districts throughout the state, as well as reimbursements for school district construction projects.

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:

  • Antietam Meadow, Washington Township
  • Renfrew Park, Waynesboro
  • Rhodes Grove Camp, Greencastle
  • Chambersburg Area Middle School South, Chambersburg.

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

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 or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Property Tax Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at my district offices.

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