Jun. 15, 2017

Pennsylvania Has Pension Reform


This week at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, historic pension reform became law. The legislation benefits every Pennsylvanian by delivering billions in savings, shifting the risk from taxpayers and keeping more money in our classrooms.

The new law also works to protect the benefits that hard-working men and women across the state have already earned.

This marks a historic point in Pennsylvania government, moving to a defined contribution plan for new hires in the public sector.

Current employees and retirees are not affected by the new pension law, and new employees will be treated fairly. And while no current members will see changes in their pensions, they will have the option to switch to the new plan if they want.

Click here to watch my comments.
My Legislation to Improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Receives Rave Reviews

Recently, legislation that I authored to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) was approved by the House.

The move is necessary to address long-standing problems at PWSA. The city and the authority clearly need guidance and direction that will be provided by the PUC. Click here to read an outstanding article authored by the Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pearce Mill Road Construction

This week, work started to install a new waterline on Babcock Boulevard at the intersection with Pearce Mill Road in McCandless.

Single-lane alternating traffic will occur from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Flaggers will assist you through the work zone.

You should expect delays. Please use caution when driving through the area. The project is scheduled to be complete by late fall.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years of older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Complete eligibility information is available here.

Residents are reminded that they need 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.

Checks will begin to be mailed on July 3. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
Save the Date to Help Our Veterans

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

I am teaming with the American Legion to assist veterans and their families at my district office in McCandless. Previous outreach opportunities 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.

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, July 14
Friday, July 21
Friday, Aug. 11
Friday, Aug. 18