Mar. 31, 2017

Families to Pay More Thanks to Governor’s Health Insurance Tax

Knowing that a new proposal will hit almost every Pennsylvania family, including Medicare recipients, I oppose Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increase on health insurance premiums.

The governor’s health insurance tax is broad based and will mean higher premiums for families purchasing insurance in the individual market, for small businesses providing coverage to their employees, and even for seniors purchasing Medicare supplementary or “gap” coverage.

Wolf worked overtime the past several weeks to defend the status quo when it comes to health care and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This is despite the fact that premiums for Pennsylvanians increased by 32 percent on average for individual plans and more than 7 percent on average for small group plans in 2017 alone.

Instead of new taxes on working and retired Pennsylvanians, we should focus on lowering costs and expanding choices in our health insurance market.
Save the Date! Help Our Veterans

The desire to help veterans in need reflects a fitting gratitude for service to our country. My goal is to provide support and assistance to veterans in need and their families in the 28th Legislative District.

Last year, I teamed with the American Legion to assist veterans and their families at my district office in McCandless. These seminars have been well attended and very beneficial. Through this outreach, we have been able to provide some direct links between our veterans and the services and programs available just for them.

I am pleased to announce that we are continuing to assist our veterans during the spring and summer months. Please check the dates below and sign up for this outstanding service. An appointment must be made by calling 412-369-2230. My district office is located at 125 Hillvue Lane, first floor in McCandless.

Friday, April 21
Friday, May 12
Friday, May 19
Friday, June 9
Friday, June 16
Friday, July 14
Friday, July 21
Friday, Aug. 11
Friday, Aug. 18
Are You Owed Any Unclaimed Property?


Does the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have your money? According to the Treasury Department, millions of dollars in unclaimed property comes into the bureau each year.

Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left inactive by the owner for a period of seven years or more. If no lawful owner claims the property at that time, it is transferred to the Treasury.

The most common kinds of unclaimed property include savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, unclaimed insurance benefits and items abandoned in forgotten safe deposit boxes. The amounts can range from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars.
How Can Tech Save Tax Dollars?

We live in an age of rapid technological advancement. State agencies have spent millions of dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases to make government run more efficiently and effectively and save taxpayer money.

Recently, the House Majority Policy Committee held a hearing and gathered information from several technology companies about ways in which technology can do a better job of detecting welfare fraud, saving money with in Medicaid or allowing agency databases to instantly share information.

To watch the hearing, click here and select the March 22 date.
Congratulations on a Job Well Done


There’s a saying in sports: It’s now whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game. The Pine-Richland Boys basketball team and the North Allegheny Girls basketball team lost in their bids to win a state basketball championship, but both squads can boast banner seasons.

The Rams from Pine-Richland finished the season with a 28-2 record, the WPIAL championship, and runners-up in the battle for a state title.

The Lady Tigers from North Allegheny celebrate a season, also by finishing with a 28-2 record, a second-place finish in the state tournament, and a national ranking.

I commend your hard work and dedication. You have made your coaches, parents and community very proud. Well done!