Celebrate Flag Day
Saturday marks Flag Day, which commemorates the June 14, 1777, adoption of our flag by the Second Continental Congress.
The first Flag Day was marked in 1885, and the date has grown in significance since. Americans are urged to fly the flag throughout this week to recognize its history.
The National Flag Day Foundation is the keeper of the torch on all things related to the flag and Flag Day. You can visit the website by clicking here.
EMS Training Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk
The state House this week unanimously passed my legislation that will allow volunteer firefighters’ relief association funds to be used to pay for costs related to advanced life support (ALS) or paramedic (EMT-P) training.
More than a year after its original introduction, Senate Bill 707 is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Staying on top of the best practices in emergency response is critical to achieving the best outcomes, but it’s expensive and time consuming. This bill will help reduce the financial burden on struggling first-responder organizations.
Currently, Pennsylvania law authorizes the use of volunteer firefighters’ relief association fund for sixteen separate categorized items, one of which is to pay for attending firefighters’ training schools.
My proposal would expand the authorized use of funds to allow for the payment of reasonable expenses incurred for attending emergency medical technician or paramedic training schools.
I first introduced this idea years ago. So it looks like we’re near the end of a long effort.
State Seeks Owners of Millions in Unclaimed Property
Each year, Pennsylvania’s Treasury Department receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property – things like abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies, safe deposit box contents, and recovered stolen property.
Treasury maintains custody of this property and works to return it to its rightful owners.
Treasurer Rob McCord and his staff currently seek the owners of more than $1.9 billion in unclaimed property. In 2012, Treasury returned about $100 million to the rightful owners.
Approximately one in ten Pennsylvanians have unclaimed property – do you? Search your name and the names of your friends and family in the Unclaimed Property database or call 1-800-222-2046.
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Deadline Extended
The filing deadline for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to Dec. 31st, according to the state Department of Revenue.
As of May 30th, the Revenue Department had received 463,672 rebate applications for checks that will be distributed beginning July 1, 2014.
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Grants and Loans Available for Energy Development Projects
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is making $12.5 million in grants and loans available for application beginning on June 14 for eligible projects. Funding may be sought for alternative and renewable energy projects and projects using solar energy, wind, hydropower and biomass.
Non-profits, schools, universities, colleges, municipalities, public or private corporations, and business and other legal business entities are eligible for funding.
The vast majority of the funding -- $10 million -- will be specifically set aside for alternative and renewable projects that utilize solar, wind, hydropower and biomass.
Funded activities must be conducted entirely in Pennsylvania and be in compliance with applicable laws.
Applications are due August 15 and must be submitted online at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is an independent public financing authority created in 1982.
Tax Credits to Spur $17 Million for Burkett Place and Gateway Senior Housing Projects
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has approved tax credits that will lead to more than $17 million in investments for senior and low-to moderate-income housing in Washington and Greene counties.
I think that both the Burkett Place project and the Gateway Senior Housing project will help address critical housing needs and provide alternatives for seniors and families who have low or moderate incomes. There is a definite need for this type of housing and the approval of the tax credits helps leverage investments that are critical to the developments.
The Gateway Senior Housing Project in Greene County, a four-story apartment complex at High and East streets in Waynesburg, is slated to receive tax credits that will leverage $8,078,000 in investments and result in a 52-unit complex serving those 62 years of age or older on fixed incomes.
The project in Washington County’s North Strabane Township – called Burkett Place – will use federal tax credits to generate nearly $9 million in investments to develop three multi-story buildings with a total of 48 units, including two- and three-bedroom units along with six disability-accessible units.