Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Applications for Property Tax & Rent Rebates being accepted
  • Businesses, Schools, Local Governments can apply for Clean Diesel Grants
  • PennDOT Summer Job Openings for College Students
  • Pennsylvania Budget Process Enters New Era
  • Around the 40th District

Applications for Property Tax & Rent Rebates being accepted

The application period is open for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for income-eligible and citizens with disabilities to receive rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Guidelines & Applications

Businesses, Schools, Local Governments can apply for Clean Diesel Grants

Businesses, nonprofits, schools and local governments can apply now for emissions-reduction state grants to replace, re-power, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks, buses, and other vehicles and equipment.

The Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program is a competitive grant program for a wide variety of diesel emission reduction projects.

The application deadline is Feb. 28. You can find applications, guidance and an informative Feb. 4 webinar here.

PennDOT Summer Job Openings for College Students

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking hardworking college students for employment from early April through October for the 2019 Summer Maintenance Program.

Work includes seasonal maintenance work, crash system input and analysis, and maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities. Many students also perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and at highway worksites.

Pay is $13.56 an hour and the deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Pennsylvania Budget Process Enters New Era

The Performance-Based Budgeting process – measuring state spending against expected results – got underway in Pennsylvania this week.

The Performance-Based Budgeting Board approved reports by the Independent Fiscal Office to grade the Banking and Security Department and General Services Department, as well as criminal justice agencies and tax credit programs.

Performance-Based Budgeting was implemented as a result of Senate Bill 181, enacted in 2017 with my strong support. You can view the board hearings here.

Around the 40th District

Congratulations to the newest Eagle Scout of Troop 74 in Nazareth, Jonathan Boucher! For his Eagle Scout Project, Jonathan retrofitted two storage spaces for Holy Family school. Congratulations on this great accomplishment and we wish you all the best as you continue your journey in Scouting and beyond.

This week we celebrated the grand opening of the new location of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union in Stroudsburg. Thank you for your investment in our community and for strengthening our local economy.

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