HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Reps. Bill Kortz and Marc Gergely, both D-Allegheny, have issued a joint statement in appreciation of the decision to move forward with the Mon-Fayette Expressway. “We would like to publicly acknowledge the members of the Southwest Planning Commission and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for their hard work and willingness to work together in taking the next step toward bringing this important transportation project closer to reality. “This project has been in the works for at least 15 years and this looks like the final hurdle to the projects construction has been overcome, thanks in large part to Allegheny County’s Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s leadership in this final vote. His advocacy was key to reaching this step and a 48-4 vote in favor of moving the project forward. “We would also like to recognize and thank the many municipalities in the area that publicly endorsed the project through resolutions supporting the plan. Many of our colleagues in the legislature also supported the plan, including state Senators Jim Brewster, Jay Costa, Pat Stefano, Camera Bartolotta and Kim Ward and 19 state House members from Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We have long believed that this short highway extension is crucial for the economic future of the Mon Valley. Funding has already been established thanks to the transportation bill we voted in favor of in 2011, Act 89.” The Southwestern Read more
Pa. state Reps. Marc Gergely and Paul Costa led the House in honoring the Steel Valley High School Football team, who are the current Pennsylvania PIAA AA Football Champions. Gergely and Costa remarked about their incredible season on and off the field that led to their championship win. Read more
Following years of working toward a solution for seasonal workers and their families, state Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, voted to send House Bill 319 to the governor’s desk and fix a hole in Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation law. 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
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
State Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, reminded constituents today that deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications is Dec. 31.
"With how busy we are around the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of time," Gergely said. "Before you know it, it’ll be a new year and too late to file an application. This program is geared to helping seniors and those who are disabled and I don't want anyone to miss out what is rightfully theirs."
State Reps. Bill Kortz and Marc Gergely, both D-Allegheny, blasted House Speaker Mike Turzai’s decision to cancel a scheduled day of session today in the midst of a six-month budget impasse.
“Since June 30, our schools, human services providers, counties and all Pennsylvanians have been waiting for the General Assembly to come to an agreement and finish the budget that was supposed to begin on July 1,” Kortz said. “It’s taken longer than expected, but last month all four caucuses and Governor Tom Wolf came to an agreement. Since that time, House Republicans have backed out of the agreed-to framework twice and now, as the Senate has sent most of the budget-related bills to the House, the speaker unexpectedly decides the House needs to take a day off. This is unacceptable and irresponsible.”
State Reps. Bill Kortz and Marc Gergely, both D-Allegheny, applauded this week’s Commonwealth Court ruling that the state Department of Education cannot redistribute gaming funds to charter schools during the current budget impasse.
“This was an issue brought to our attention because of the financial stress schools in our districts were under, thanks in part to the lack of a state budget and required payments the districts had to make to charter schools,” Gergely said. “It’s a simple matter of fairness, and the court system made the right ruling. I’m proud that Representative Kortz and I were among the first to bring this issue of fairness up with the state.”
Following a negative vote on the Republican created budget bill, state Rep. Marc Gergely issued the following statement:
“For the past four years, we suffered through entirely too many budgets full of smoke and mirrors that didn’t truly help Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, that’s the same type of budget we voted on today.
A recent Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce survey found that more than 70 percent of companies in our state struggle to find people with the right skills, training and education for their jobs – and many of them believe the problem will only get worse. Read more
State Reps. Marc Gergely and Bill Kortz (both D-Allegheny), voted today for an amendment to House Bill 504 that aims to significantly lower property taxes for residents across Pennsylvania. Read more
Citing the need to give students technical skills required for many of today’s jobs, Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, today introduced H.B. 1145, which would provide $15 million to support employers, higher education institutions and labor organizations in establishing public-private training partnerships. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, announced that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released trout stocking schedules for the 2015 season, which are currently available on his website, www.pahouse.com/gergely . "It’s always exciting to know our popular fishing areas will be stocked and ready for the official first day of trout season on April 18," Gergely said. "Stocking a local stream or river is a great experience for anglers of all ages, and I encourage any interested individuals to participate in a trout stocking event in our area." On March 2, Pine and Deer creeks will be the first locations in Allegheny County to receive trout from Benner Spring and Pleasant Gap hatcheries. The PFBC annually stocks about 3.2 million adult trout in over 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. A variety of trout are stocked, including 2 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout, and 525,000 brook trout, with the average length being around 11 inches. About 53 percent of the trout are stocked before opening day, with 43 percent being stocked between opening day and the end of May, and the remaining 4 percent from October through February of the following year. Read more
Rep. Marc J. Gergely, D-White Oak, is the newest committee leader as minority chairman of Labor & Industry.
State Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny, has been appointed to serve as the Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee for the 2015-2016 legislative session 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
Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed.
Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed.
Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you.
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