State Rep. Mike Driscoll visits the Pennsylvania State Museum to view William Penn’s original Charter, which was signed by King Charles II of England and granted Penn a tract of land that would eventually become known as 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 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
Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll 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
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
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, Dec. 23 – State Reps. Ed Neilson and Mike Driscoll, both D-Phila., questioned today’s move by Republican House leaders to adjourn without taking up a bill that would end the nearly six-month state budget impasse.
“I don’t understand why we aren’t in session right now voting on a budget compromise that has been largely agreed to by all parties involved,” Neilson said. “We were supposed to be in session on Sunday, but Republican leaders canceled it. We were supposed to be in session on Monday, but Republican leaders canceled it. Now, I have to return to Northeast Philadelphia and tell my neighbors that, because of the unwillingness of a few, the state will continue to be unable to fund counties, human service providers and nonprofits. The Philadelphia School District is just weeks away from being unable to open their doors and they try to pull this. It’s nothing but nonsense.”
Senate Bill 1073, a General Appropriations bill that reflects the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, passed the House yesterday on second consideration and was scheduled to receive its third and final consideration today, but the chamber’s GOP speaker abruptly canceled session.
“This move to adjourn pulled by House Republican leaders is an unconscionable decision, especially as many individuals across this commonwealth are suffering because of this extended budget impasse,” Driscoll said. “Now, House Republicans are on Read more
If a college education is in your child’s future – even if that child is still in diapers – you may want to check out the two PA 529 College Savings Program options. To find out more or to enroll just visit www.pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000. The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office started this plan to help parents pay for future college costs by letting account owners save for tomorrow’s college expenses at today’s plan rates. Read more
PHIILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., is inviting area residents to attend the grand opening of his new constituent service office.
The grand opening ceremony will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 and officially launch Driscoll’s new office located at 7104 Torresdale Ave.
“It’s my goal to ensure that my staff and I are effectively serving all constituents no matter where they live in the district,” Driscoll said. “I am hopeful that this new convenient location will make it even easier for residents from all over the district to connect to the state-related services they need.”
Driscoll said light refreshments will be available at the grand opening. In addition, Driscoll’s staff will be on hand to assist constituents with any questions they might have about state resources and programs.
Beginning Sept. 14, the Torresdale office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (215) 333-9760.
Driscoll said in the meantime, if constituents have any questions, they should contact his main constituent service office, located at 3294 Red Lion Road. The phone number is (215) 281-3414.
Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll says it’s time to restore cuts to the public education system so that a child’s education no longer depends on their zip code. Driscoll adds the GOP budget plan doesn’t go far enough in bringing back the teachers, staff, extracurricular programs, and classes cut by the previous administration. He warns that the crisis facing Philadelphia public schools could easily spread to the rest of the state, so the time is now to fix public education funding in Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more
State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., welcomed the St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls cheerleading team to the state Capitol Monday and presented them with an official citation from the state House of Representatives. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll said the 2015-16 budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf signals a return to responsible leadership in the governor's office and a willingness to move Pennsylvania forward and rebuild its middle class.
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 budget address:
"I would like to commend Governor Wolf for his ambitious plan for rebuilding Pennsylvania's middle class. While many details of his plan will be further clarified when the House has the opportunity to hold budget hearings, I am glad he is focused on restoring our schools, improving our economy and reducing the burden of property taxes throughout the commonwealth.
"The past few years have been marked by a crippling disinvestment in our institutions of education, which in turn has increased the property tax burden on homeowners and small business owners. The only way to solve this problem is by properly funding our schools, and ensuring that level of funding is sustainable and secure. I am also optimistic that Wolf will be successful instituting a fair funding formal to ensure every penny of education funds is going where it is needed most.
"With a $2.3 billion budget deficit currently facing the state, bold action and innovative ideas are going to be needed to put us back on the right path. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and the House to ensure that final budget works for the good of all Pennsylvanians."
A vote on Pennsylvania House Republicans' plan to sell off state liquor stores without first holding public hearings is imprudent and rash, said state Rep. Michael Driscoll today, especially while the state anticipates a multibillion-dollar structural budget deficit.
"With the $2.3 billion deficit currently facing the state, it is essential that we act with caution and forethought to ensure that a stable source of revenue, and a provider of family-sustaining jobs, isn't destroyed needlessly," Driscoll said. "Voting on this legislation, which would have a major impact on the state’s economic landscape, without first holding public hearings is simply irresponsible."
While the House passed similar legislation last year, Driscoll said that even small changes in a bill of this magnitude can have serious unintended consequences. In addition, Driscoll, who is one of 26 new House members this year, said each freshman member should have the opportunity to get their questions answered before any vote.
With the cold weather hitting our area, Rep. Driscoll has received many questions about resources available for the homeless. This link contains a listing of resources that may helpful. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced his constituent services office is open and ready to assist residents of the 173rd Legislative District in Philadelphia. "My staff and I are ready to help the people of this district with any question or concern they may have related to state government or other key issues," Driscoll said. Driscoll’s office, located at 3294 Red Lion Road in Philadelphia, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-281-3414. Driscoll will also provide updates online at www.pahouse.com/Driscoll and www.facebook.com/RepDriscoll. The 173rd Legislative District includes the Torresdale, Holmesburg and Tacony neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Read more
State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., was sworn into office today for his first term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 173rd Legislative District. Read more
Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more
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