Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna speaks in support of a resolution that would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to re-examine and re-evaluate the state’s environmental regulations relating to the beneficial use of sewage sludge by land application. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Centre/Clinton announced the state House today approved legislation that directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to review regulations regarding the beneficial use of sewage sludge by land application. The proposal ( House Resolution 60 ) co-sponsored by Hanna passed the House unanimously. The resolution requires that a report be made available to the House of Representatives within one year of adoption. The report must include at a minimum, methods currently used for biosolid use and disposal, costs involved with current methods of use and disposal, methods used to administer and enforce the current use and disposal program, and all appropriate alternatives to current use and disposal methods used in Pennsylvania or other states. "This is a great step in the right direction and I believe will only solidify the need for my legislation, House Bill 738 ,” Hanna said. “H.B. 738 will prohibit the application of sewage sludge in a source water protection area under a land reclamation permit for the application of sewage sludge. This is important to me and my constituents in both Burnside and Benner townships, so I will continue to fight for additional regulation and enforcement within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.” “As a member of the General Assembly, it is my duty to ensure that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Read more
HARRISBURG, June 8 – The bridge on State Route 144 that runs over Bald Eagle Creek in Milesburg Borough will be designated the Veterans Bridge in honor of Centre County residents who have served in America’s armed forces, according to state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Centre/Clinton, who sponsored the measure. Hanna’s legislation ( H.B. 1824 ) to honor these local veterans was amended into legislation ( S.B. 1153 ) that would designate multiple roads, bridges, overpasses and interchanges throughout the Commonwealth. “Milesburg Borough wished to honor the citizens of Centre County who have served or are currently serving our nation in the Armed Forces,” Hanna said. “Centre County residents served in every major United States military conflict beginning with the Revolutionary War, so it’s only fitting that we honor these men and women in uniform with a lasting tribute. I was happy to be able to contribute in this way.” According to Hanna, the bill provides for 22 designations throughout the state. If signed into law, PennDOT will be required to erect and maintain appropriate signs indicating the designations to traffic. Senate Bill 1153, as amended by the House with Hanna’s measure and concurred upon in the Senate, now goes to the governor’s desk for signature. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Centre/Clinton, announced the state House today approved legislation that would modernize and expand the sale of wine in grocery stores and restaurants. The bill passed the House by a vote of 157-31. Hanna voted in favor of the modernization proposal and said he expects the governor to sign the bill. The proposal (H.B. 1690) would allow restaurant and hotel license holders, including some grocery stores that fulfill the seating capacity for a restaurant license, to sell up to four bottles of wine for off-premise consumption. The bill also permits direct shipment of wine by licensed producers to the consumer’s place of residence. “My colleagues and I have always pushed for consumer convenience, longer hours and direct shipment of wine,” Hanna said. “This measure could not have happened without members on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers working together in a bipartisan manner.” Hanna said the LCB will now be able to offer discounted items without having to jump through regulatory hoops and all price changes would be uniform across the state. Further, this proposal eliminates the restrictions on specific hours, Sunday sales or state-mandated holidays. “On top of the increased convenience measures, this proposal is going to generate approximately $150 million in revenue for the state,” Hanna said. “This is a great step toward Read more
HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today welcomed news that Renovo Borough will again enjoy a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 25– State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that the City of Lock Haven received $274,500 in grant funding from the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Hanna said the city will use the funds to reconstruct numerous handicap ramps and pave portions of West Walnut and Pearl streets, provide 15 low- to moderate-income homeowners with sidewalk repairs, create a four-bed emergency shelter for the homeless and purchase multi-sensory equipment to help expand the types of activities that are offered to the Clinton County Community Connections’ disabled clients. “Every little bit helps. Among other things, this funding enables Clinton County to better accommodate individuals who are living with disabilities, homeless or those who just need a little assistance upgrading the sidewalks in front of their homes,” Hanna said. Hanna said construction for the West Walnut Street and Pearl Street paving projects, as well as the city-wide sidewalk replacement project will begin May 2017. Construction for the emergency shelter renovation project will begin September 2017. The Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, which provides federal funds to develop viable communities through the provision of modest housing and a suitable living environments. Funds are also used to expand economic opportunities geared to low-and Read more
HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said that his Tele-Town Hall meeting held Tuesday night showed many residents of his legislative district want their voices to be heard on various state and federal issues. “I am so honored to represent residents of our region in Harrisburg,” Hanna said. “I have been representing Clinton and Centre counties for 26 years, but listening to their concerns and hearing what’s important to my constituents is always enlightening. I really enjoy holding town hall meetings by phone because it is more convenient for many people and allows me to reach thousands of people in the district at one time.” Hanna said nearly 2,000 constituents participated in this event and responded to polling questions which asked about various state budget-related issues. “My goal was to gain a better understanding of where my constituents and Pennsylvanians overall fall on the top issues being discussed in Harrisburg and what the legislature needs to focus on in the upcoming budget debate,” Hanna said. Of those who responded, 56 percent believe property tax reduction or elimination is the most important issue that the legislature should focus on, 57 percent would rather fund schools by replacing existing property taxes with expanded sales and use tax, but prefer to leave personal income taxes alone, 75 percent support taxing cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, 81 percent Read more
HARRISBURG, May 2 – House lawmakers today adopted a resolution (H.R. 839) sponsored by Democratic Whip Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, to bring attention to a medical procedure needed for many Pennsylvanians struggling with persistent, severe asthma and to urge all Pennsylvania insurance companies to fully cover this life altering procedure. The resolution designates May 2, 2016, as “Bronchial Thermoplasty Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. Hanna said asthma is a chronic disorder of the airways that is complex and characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and an underlying inflammation. Approximately 24 million Americans suffer from asthma and nearly 3,400 people die every year. Bronchial Thermoplasty is delivered by the Alair System, the first therapeutic device approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010 for adult patients with severe asthma that is not well-controlled with medication. Bronchial Thermoplasty targets airway smooth muscles by delivering a controlled specific amount of thermal energy to the airway wall through a dedicated catheter. “Seventy-nine percent of patients who were treated with Bronchial Thermoplasty reported a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life. Those treated experienced a 32 percent decrease in severe asthma attacks, an 84 percent reduction in asthma-related emergency room visits and 66 percent fewer days Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mike Hanna and his House colleges approved a resolution recognizing Bronchial Thermoplasty Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. The innovating treatment for chronic, severe asthma has been deemed experimental by many insurance companies, and Hanna hopes to raise awareness to change that and bring affordable relief to patients who can't afford it on their own. Read more
State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that Clinton County received a $225,548 grant as part of $5.3 million in funding from the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program for projects spread across 19 counties. Hanna said the county will use the funds to acquire a 9.12 acre property in Flemington Borough, Clinton County that will be developed for subsidized senior housing.
HARRISBURG, April 7 -- Responding to Gov. Tom Wolf's calls for reform, members of the House Democratic Caucus will begin introducing bills aimed at improving transparency in government and reducing the disproportionate influence special interests have in Pennsylvania politics. Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said in many cases, similar reform legislation was already introduced by House Democrats in this and in previous sessions. The new bills, he said, will ensure there is a comprehensive approach in place to push for better government and to begin fixing what he called a "broken Harrisburg." "Government in a democracy is designed to be deliberative, but it is also designed to work," Dermody said. "At this point, it doesn't in Pennsylvania. And all one needs to do is look at the failure of the General Assembly to show the political courage to address our budget crisis as an example of why Harrisburg needs to be reformed. “The special interests that are comfortable with, and in fact benefit from, the status quo are using a flood of money and the undue influence it gives them in our politics to block the will of the people." House Democratic leaders said the reform bills would help to better reveal and regulate special interest money that is being spent to influence elections and policy in Pennsylvania. The bills take a variety of approaches to reducing the effect of money and special interests in politics, and to restoring Read more
LOCK HAVEN, March 25 -- Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, said today that Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo received emergency funding in advance of the budget passing. "I have been working closely with Governor Tom Wolf and his administration to get emergency funds released to the Bucktail Medical Center so they can continue operating. I am happy to report that the medical center received its first installment," Hanna said. "I have consistently emphasized the importance of these critical hospitals to rural Pennsylvania. The governor understood that. We needed to pass a state budget and make sure the money was there for these hospitals. The governor's announcement yesterday that he would allow H.B. 1801 go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday ensures all critical access hospitals in Pennsylvania will receive the remaining amount of money they so desperately deserve," Hanna said. "These funds supplement the cost of support services used to treat a high percentage of patients on medical assistance. I applaud the governor, not only for allowing for the release of all critical access hospital funding, but for working to ensure that this facility in particular did not close by the end of this month. I pledge to continue working with the administration to ensure the remaining funds are released in a timely fashion," Hanna said Read more
HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, said he believes Gov. Tom Wolf made the right decision to let the remainder of the 2015-16 budget in Pennsylvania become law without his signature. “Harrisburg remains broken and because of this Pennsylvania continues to face a huge fiscal cliff. The governor is taking steps to ensure our schools remain open and our human services remain committed to those in need,” Hanna said. “It is encouraging to hear members on the other side of the aisle come to the realization that the state has a huge structural deficit. The problem has come to a head and has now been acknowledged. I can only hope that this acknowledgement fuels the GOP’s desire to compromise on a common-sense balanced budget for fiscal year 2016-17.” Hanna said that the spending plan that will become law at 12:01 a.m. Monday does not adequately solve the state’s growing deficit, but the measure will allow delayed payments to flow to school districts, human service providers, and other entities. “Adequate funding with real dollars has always been my main concern,” Hanna said. “I have stood with the governor in fighting to change the way business is done is Harrisburg and, although this marks the end of the 2015-16 budget impasse, I will not stop fighting until we have a solid budgetary process moving forward. “This type of budgeting cannot happen Read more
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.
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