HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, is advising senior citizens to discard a solicitation from a non-governmental agency identifying itself as “Rebate Assistance” and offering to complete property tax/rent rebate applications for a $41 fee. The scam involves asking residents to fill out an enclosed Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program questionnaire and return it with a copy of their 2015 property tax bills and a $41 check or money order made payable to “Rebate Assistance.” Hanna said several individuals have brought this to his attention. In fact, he has advised residents against this fraudulent activity in the past from an organization known as the “Senior Advisory Center.” "The Department of Revenue does not charge a fee to enroll in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, nor does it charge a fee to complete an application and if residents receive this questionnaire, they should discard it immediately," Hanna said. Hanna said constituents can stop by his district offices in Lock Haven or Milesburg for assistance with property tax/rent rebate forms. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides state rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 to eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or older; and people with disabilities age 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is 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
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna 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
HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 -- House Democratic leaders today said Gov. Tom Wolf's second budget address laid out in clear terms the choice legislators must make in dealing with the state's budget crisis. “The governor was as honest as he could be about where Pennsylvania stands right now and the stark choice we face over the next few months," Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. "Simply put, it comes down to people or politics. “As a legislature, are we going to be honest and transparent with the people of Pennsylvania and work together to solve the crisis we face? Or are we going to keep playing politics, ignore that crisis, and continue down the current path? Because eventually that path leads to repeating the devastating education and other cuts we've already experienced once, and will leave a shell of Pennsylvania for future generations. "We are at a crossroads and need to make a choice," Dermody said. "House Democrats believe the clear choice is people over politics -- passing budgets that are balanced for real and that restore funding for our schools; fix the deficit; protect senior citizens, working families and the middle class; and move Pennsylvania forward. It's the only responsible choice." “The budgets of the past five years have been artificially balanced using a variety of gimmicks, such as paying just 10 months out of a 12-month bill, or borrowing from one program to pay for another, or using Read more
After several years of funding cuts to PASSHE schools, Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna says he remains committed to higher education and will continue fighting to give students the resources they need to succeed. Read more
State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today announced Renovo Borough is receiving two grants: a $200,000 grant from the state’s Community Conservation Partnership Program and a $750,000 grant from the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Hanna said the borough will use the conservation grant to develop public river access at Fifth Street. Work will include building a boat launch, pedestrian pathways, access drive, parking, installing benches, picnic tables and lighting, stormwater management, bank stabilization, fencing, educational signage, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements.
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
HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 -- Lock Haven University will offer a new advanced-degree program in athletic training and help with financing student housing, according to state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, who voted to approve both actions Thursday. Hanna is a member of the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, which met to consider a variety of PASSHE-related measures. According to Hanna, Lock Haven University will now offer a master’s degree in athletic training to replace its current bachelor’s degree in athletic training. The last semester students will be accepted into the current bachelor’s program will be during the fall of 2016. The master’s degree program also will begin in fall 2016. “Lock Haven University is continually working to offer programs and degrees that meet the needs of Pennsylvania students and the employers who will eventually hire them,” Hanna said. “I am proud to be a champion for Lock Haven on the board of governors and as its state representative.” Hanna said the Master of Science in Athletic Training program emphasizes comprehensive medical education and high-quality, compassionate care of each patient. This program will prepare graduates to make measurable and meaningful contributions to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and organizations through the application and knowledge gained in the areas of sports medicine, healthcare delivery, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today welcomed news that the Clinton County wine and spirits store will stay in downtown Lock Haven. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board told Hanna today it is cancelling its plans to move the store to Bald Eagle Township. Last spring, the LCB announced its intention to move the store that has served residents from its downtown Lock Haven location for 41 years. At that time, the board cited its desire to move its wine and spirits stores closer to grocery outlets. Following that announcement, Hanna consulted with numerous downtown Lock Haven business owners regarding the impact of the proposed move and, along with his own concerns, worked for months to convince the LCB that the move would have more negative consequences than positive outcomes for both the county and the state. He was in regular contact with LCB Chairman Tim Holden, the Wolf administration and members of the board while plans were being made. "I have always believed the current downtown Lock Haven site is the best for our community," Hanna said. "In its current location, the wine and spirits store is in the heart of the community. The location is convenient to the numerous restaurants, bars, hotels and service clubs, as well as the majority of residents in Clinton County. There is ample parking, with numerous parking lots and metered spaces all along Main Street, as well as a dedicated parking space for store 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
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna speaks out against the sudden cancelation of the vote on the state’s 177-day-overdue budget scheduled for Wednesday and demands the Speaker bring the House back into immediate session so schools, social services and citizens statewide can get vitally needed funding. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – House Democratic leaders commented on today’s decision by House Republican leaders to force a vote on their own spending plan (H.B. 1460) instead of acting on the budget bill (S.B. 1073) negotiated with Gov. Wolf and passed by the Senate yesterday. "It’s truly disappointing that in the sixth month without a state budget, House Republicans are continuing to pursue an agenda of fiscal disaster while many Pennsylvanians face the end of services and imminent school closures," Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. "This go-it-alone Republican bill lacks Senate support and will not be signed into law by Governor Wolf. "What makes this waste of time particularly frustrating is we already have a completed budget bill in the House that the governor and the four caucus leaders agreed to, yet that's not what the House voted on today," Dermody said. "Why would House Republicans prolong the budget impasse and block Pennsylvania from moving forward?" "The bill the Senate already passed on Monday by a huge bipartisan majority is the budget bill we should send to the governor immediately," said Democratic Appropriations Chairman Joe Markosek. "It's a sensible compromise budget that reflects the priorities Pennsylvanians continue to support – restoring funding for basic and higher education and enabling human service providers to continue delivering services to the most vulnerable Read more
Pa. House Democratic Whip Mike Hanna spoke at a press conference with Governor Tom Wolf about the important vote on the House floor Wednesday involving the ongoing budget process. Hanna explained that both sides are acknowledging the large budget deficit and today's vote shows what work needs to be done to find a sustainable budget for Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna talks about legislative stunts that House Republicans are resorting to instead of negotiating a complete and responsible budget. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna 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
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna supports a comprehensive and sustainable budget plan that moves Pennsylvania in the right direction, invests in education, rebuilds the middle class. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to waive fees for the state background clearance checks Pennsylvania volunteers are required to obtain under new state laws. Wolf today said his administration would waive the $10 Pennsylvania State Police criminal history check and the $10 Department of Human Services child abuse check fees for volunteers who are required to obtain them under Pennsylvania’s new Child Protective Services Law. Those clearances are requirements under the law enacted last year in an effort to better address how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. “Volunteers dedicate their scarce time and talents toward bettering the lives of others and the communities in which they live, work and raise their families,” Hanna said. “The state should recognize their sacrifice and contributions by doing these background and clearance checks at no charge to the volunteer, and I am delighted that Governor Wolf agrees. “Unburdening our volunteers of these fees will go a long way in helping to keep volunteer organization and activities thriving in Pennsylvania. This is welcome news for organizations throughout Clinton and Centre counties.” According to figures from the Wolf administration, nearly 300,000 volunteers are projected to seek the clearances in the first year. According to Hanna, Wolf today also said the Department of Human Services and Read more
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