Pa. state Rep. Tina Davis stood surrounded by her female House colleagues in the House Chamber to celebrate the designation of March 2016 as National Women's History Month in Pennsylvania. Read more
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 deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department 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
HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal pay law. Legislation to update and strengthen Pennsylvania's 55-year-old equal pay law has been introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks; and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. The bills ( H.B. 1160 and S.B. 303 ) would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Current law allows for "any factor other than sex" to be a legitimate justification for disparities in pay. Sims said, "Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay – anything less is unacceptable." Davis said, "Equal pay for equal work must advance from being a slogan to a reality in Pennsylvania. Income equality is a cornerstone of economic opportunity for Pennsylvania families. Pay discrimination is real, and Pennsylvania can ill afford to continue to shortchange women and their families. This needs to be fixed immediately." Teplitz said, "Wage inequality and pay secrecy are 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
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
HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, said she voted today for a compromise budget plan that would have helped seniors and families with children by increasing education funding and providing significant property tax relief to those who need it most. Davis said the Democratic amendment also would have addressed the state’s burgeoning structural budget deficit. “The plan considered today would have put the state on sound fiscal footing, provided significant property tax relief and would begin to reverse devastating cuts to public education,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, the amendment did not pass, and seniors will continue to face higher and higher school taxes as Republican leadership continues to play games instead of dealing with budget realities.” Davis said that her mission remains eliminating school property taxes, but she was encouraged by the Democratic plan to quadruple the number of senior citizens that would have property taxes eliminated. “Under the plan, more than 6,000 senior households in Bucks County would no longer have their homes jeopardized by property taxes,” Davis said. “We need broad-based tax relief, but this plan attempted to move toward an education funding system based on ability to pay, not home value.” Davis said the budget amendment, defeated on a 73-127 vote, was a true effort by Gov. Tom Wolf and Democrats in the legislature to compromise and deliver a budget Read more
HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today said a budget proposal approved Saturday by House Republicans will earn a quick and deserved veto because of its reliance on gimmicks over sound governance. “The plan doubles down on the four years of mayhem and misery Pennsylvania endured during the Corbett years,” Davis said. “This Corbett clone proposal is tone deaf and unsound in terms of property tax relief, help for struggling public schools and serious solutions to the commonwealth’s structural deficit.” Davis said the Republican budget she opposed and Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto ignores the critical need for property tax relief and does almost nothing to restore funding for public education in Pennsylvania. “The plan represents nothing more than a repeat of the last four years,” Davis said. “Instead of making gas drillers pay their fair share, we get more gimmicks, flimsy ideology and policies that suffocate economic opportunity.” Davis said she looks forward to returning to Harrisburg to launch a serious effort on crafting a state spending plan. “A closer look at the Republican proposal shows it only provides an additional $8 million for our public schools – less than 2 percent of the $500 million needed to restore the damage from Corbett’s cuts,” Davis said. “The plan would continue to short-change schools and require higher property taxes – which Read more
Rep. Tina Davis, who launched efforts in April to exempt emergency responders from burdensome background clearance fees, applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to waive background clearance fees for volunteers, including volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel. Davis’ H.B. 1081 awaits consideration in the House Judiciary Committee. Read more
LEVITTOWN, May 21 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today introduced legislation that would exempt experienced emergency responders from fees totaling more than $47 for state and federal background clearances. “I understand and endorse the need for better protections for our children,” Davis said. “However, first responders who have proven their integrity and value to their communities deserve a break from the financial burdens of such background checks.” Flanked by emergency responders at the Newportville Fire Company station, Davis said her House Bill 1081 would spare paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service responders from the $10 clearances from the state police and state Department of Human Services and the $27.50 fee for an FBI criminal background clearance. Those fees and clearances are requirements under new laws enacted last year in an effort to better address how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. “Many if not most of our experienced first responders have previously received clearances as a condition of their employment or service,” Davis said. “My measure would exempt them from burdensome fees as well as the FBI clearance requirements if they have clean records and have been state residents for the last 10 years.” “Our firefighters and EMS providers save lives and property throughout the commonwealth every day, and I believe they deserve to be spared from clearance fees Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law legislation by Rep. Tina Davis and Sen. Tommy Tomlinson naming a segment of Bath Road in Bristol Township as the Sergeant George Stuckey Memorial Road.
The Bucks County lawmakers said Act 3 of 2015 honors the ultimate sacrifice of Stuckey, who was the first police officer in Bucks County to be killed in the line of duty when he was shot to death March 29, 1972, while stopping suspected bank robbers.
Rep. Tina Davis voted for a proposal to provide property tax relief to long-suffering homeowners so the issue remains in the legislative spotlight during upcoming budget negotiations. The Bucks County Democrat says the proposal isn’t the final bill, but the vote ensures that the issue will not be pushed aside as budget deliberations proceed.
State Reps. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., are reintroducing equal-pay legislation as part of the bipartisan "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" unveiled by the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus. H.B. 1160 would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Read more
Rep. Tina Davis is sponsoring a free community shredding event on Saturday, April 25, for the safe disposal of unwanted, confidential documents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 25 at the Ben Franklin Middle School in Levittown.
State Rep. Tina Davis has opened new offices in Bristol Township and Penndel to assist 141st Legislative District residents with any state-government-related concern. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis unveils her proposal to address the commonwealth’s budget and education crises with an overall 8 percent severance tax on Pennsylvania’s $11 billion Marcellus shale natural gas and oil industry. The measure would put Pennsylvania closer to the mainstream of what major gas-producing states require from the industry. Read more
The 2015 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online. Just click on icon at left. The 2015 trout season will open March 28 for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks County. The following weekend – April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in 18 southeastern counties. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis announced that fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads serving the 141st Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling almost $100,000. Davis also said she is seeking support for her legislation that would ease loan caps for volunteer fire and ambulance squads seeking financing through the state Volunteer Loan Assistance Program. Read more
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