Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today the award of $28.5 million in Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funds for two area stormwater and sewer projects.
Pennvest approved a 1-percent $18.5 million loan to replace 6,900 feet of sewer interceptors in the Hornerstown area of Johnstown. The work is necessary to prevent sewage from running into Stony Creek.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) approved $3.4 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund, which will be awarded to 44 entities throughout the Commonwealth that assist victims of child sexual abuse. Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin says these funds will help Victim Services Inc. in Johnstown train 10 therapists to help area child sex-abuse victims. Read more
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced at a Capitol news conference today the approval of 44 Penn State Endowment grants to help victims of child sex abuse.
A grant for $74,682 was awarded to Victim Services Inc. in Johnstown for a trauma-treatment training program to help area child sex-abuse victims.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced that a bill joining nonviolent offenders with medical treatment for drug addiction passed the House with his amendments today.
Senate Bill 524, which would establish a program allowing counties to administer long-acting, non-addictive medication treatment, such as naltrexone, to county inmates, passed after Barbin amended the bill to include stricter guidelines for success and taxpayer protections.
A $10.9 million Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority grant has been awarded to Johnstown to improve approximately 33,250 linear feet of sanitary sewers, linings and lateral inspection ports, said state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset.
“The project was funded 100 percent by grant dollars to moderate user rate charges incurred as a result of previous improvements that were funded through loans,” Barbin said. “The grant recognized the city’s extensive ongoing efforts to meet federal and state clean-water requirements.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, offered the following statement regarding his vote for an amendment to House Bill 283.
"The revenue put forth today would balance the budget and create real property-tax relief for veterans, the disabled, and seniors on fixed incomes," he said. "House Bill 1192 did nothing to eliminate fraudulent spending by charter schools, did not contain property-tax relief and relied on $800 million in delayed payments.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed Rep. Bryan Barbin’s House Bill 1167, which would allow victim restitution to be intercepted from a debtor’s state tax refund.
The legislation was introduced as part of a package of bills recommended by the Office of Victim Advocate’s 2011 Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force.
Online voter registration in Pennsylvania allows everyone to better exercise their right to vote, said Rep. Bryan Barbin.
Pennsylvania became the 23rd state to offer online voter registration last week. The system served 5,000 applicants in the first week, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration.
State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today the award of $10.9 million in low-interest state infrastructure investment loans for ongoing sewer improvements in Johnstown.
The PennVest loans, which are issued at 1 percent interest, will fund 44,500 feet of replacement sanitary sewers for 90-year-old pipes, 11,300 feet of new sewer linings, manholes and lateral inspection ports.
HARRISBURG - June 16, 2015 - The state Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved a Sen. John Wozniak (D-Cambria) resolution today calling on Congress to prohibit the transfer of Apache helicopters from Johnstown into active duty Army until a force structure analysis is completed. "The Army would do well to examine the efficacy of moving the Apache helicopters from Johnstown until further study is done," Wozniak said. "The unit is well established at the airport, has a large economic footprint and is essential to our security." Wozniak has joined with state Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) and Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria) in seeking to stop the transfer of the 1-104 th Attack Battalion and the repositioning of Pennsylvania Army National Guard units. Barbin is a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The National Commission on the Future of the Army is now studying active duty and National Guard force structuring alternatives. The report is due in February 2016. Wozniak said that it was important for the state legislature to make its sentiments clear about the restructuring of the National Guard components in the state because the National Defense Authorization Act is before the U.S. Senate and will be subject to a House-Senate conference in the near future. "There is so much uncertainty both in regard to the report on the structure of the Army and with the composition and Read more
HARRISBURG, June 16 – The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today approved state Rep. Bryan Barbin’s legislation that would allow victim restitution to be intercepted from a debtor’s state tax refund. House Bill 1167 was introduced as a part of a package of bills recommended by the Office of Victim Advocate’s 2011 Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force. “Recompense is a core component of an excellent justice system, and it’s one of the most important things we lawmakers work to guarantee,” said Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset. “While it can be difficult to ensure that perpetrators fulfill their legal obligation to victims, tax-refund interception is a commonsense way for the state to make sure that some payment is happening regularly and expeditiously.” The legislation awaits a full vote in the House. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Bryan Barbin participated in Bike to Work Week in Harrisburg. Barbin supports bicycle commuting and the health benefits that come with it. He also would like to see Pennsylvania towns connected to the states bicycle trails in places like Somerset and Cambria County so the economic benefits can continue to grow. Read more
JOHNSTOWN, April 28 – The state’s next budget must return Pennsylvania’s focus to real classroom learning along with the fair and robust funding to provide it, said state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, during a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on education funding and property tax reduction Tuesday. The hearing examined Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, which includes increased education funding and a plan to reduce property taxes. Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, co-chaired the hearing, and local- and state-level education experts provided insight. “Schools across Pennsylvania, particularly in Johnstown, have suffered devastating cuts for far too long,” Barbin said. “I’m excited to discuss a new opportunity, with a new governor and new plan, to reverse that course while offering property owners tax relief. The Education Reinvestment Act would increase the state’s share of school funding by 50 percent and cut property taxes by over $10 million in the Greater Johnstown and Westmont Hilltop school districts. It also seeks to increase funding for the districts by nearly $1.5 million.” Barbin added that the districts would save nearly $400,000 in cyber/charter school reform, a plan he calls a good start. Sturla said, “Homeowners and students across the commonwealth need our help. I commend Representative Barbin for taking the time to hear from Read more
JOHNSTOWN, April 22 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on education funding and property tax reduction at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Greater Johnstown High School Auditorium, 222 Central Ave. , Johnstown. The hearing will examine Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget that includes increased education funding and a plan to reduce property taxes. Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing, which will feature testimony by local school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Beth Olanoff , director of policy, Pennsylvania Department of Education 2:40 p.m. Panel from local school districts: Amy Arcurio , Freshman Academy principal, Greater Johnstown School District Donald Irwin, Jr. , superintendent/business manager, Westmont Hilltop School District 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks The hearing is open to the public, and media is encouraged to attend. Read more
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