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. Sid Kavulich 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
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
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich 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
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, announced the state has awarded gaming fund grants totaling $479,500 to area organizations and municipalities to fund vital community projects. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, today announced the introduction of the “Made in Pennsylvania Manufacturing Tax Credit Act” that would give substantial tax breaks to state-based companies expanding and hiring new workers. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, today voted to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health insurance for children in low-income working families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid through Dec. 31, 2017. “For nearly 150,000 kids in Pennsylvania, CHIP is literally a lifesaver, and for hundreds of thousands of parents this health care offers peace of mind knowing their child can see a doctor when illness or injury strikes,” Kavulich said. “CHIP provides coverage for preventative care, emergencies and even inoculations. The healthier our kids are, the better they’ll do in school and the more success they’ll have in life. Renewing this program is a smart investment in our state’s present and future.” Created in Pennsylvania under Gov. Bob Casey in 1992, CHIP has since become the model for children’s health insurance programs nationwide and was the inspiration for the federal SCHIP initiative signed into law by President Clinton in 1997. Without today’s unanimous vote, the program would have expired on Dec. 31. To find out more or to see if your child is eligible, contact Kavulich’s constituent service office or visit CHIP online at www.chipcoverspakids.com . Read more
TAYLOR, April 10 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich is working with local community leaders to organize a regional spring cleanup event to remove litter and winter debris from roadsides, creeks and riverbanks, and parks and recreation areas in Taylor, Moosic and Old Forge. Read more
LACKAWANNA, April 9 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of implementing a statewide public school employee benefit program. Read more
LACKAWANNA, April 7 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, announced today that he will chair a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to look at his H.B. 348 that would study the cost-effectiveness of a new statewide public school employee health care benefit program.
Voters in the 114th Legislative District and across Pennsylvania may be facing an important question on the ballot this November that could change the way organizations are determined to be exempt from paying taxes in the commonwealth.
Senate Bill 4 would take away the power of the judiciary to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization and then give it to the legislature.
HARRISBURG, March 19 – Due to inclement weather, tomorrow’s Youth in Government Forum scheduled at Keystone College in La Plume has been cancelled, according to state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 9 – In recognition of National Nutrition Month, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, is collecting healthy, non-perishable food items at his Taylor office this March.
Residents wishing to donate can drop off food from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 802 S. Main St., Taylor from now through March 27.
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, along with state Rep. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, will host a news conference to discuss their legislation that would require Pennsylvania educational institutions to conduct emergency lockdown drills.
"Today's budget address by Governor Tom Wolf is a bold proposal that addresses what the middle-class families of Northeastern Pennsylvania are concerned about, including a 13 percent overall cut in taxes to the average homeowner, a 50 percent cut in property taxes and giving our schools the funding our kids need to prepare for a life of success. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – In response to reports of a potential strike at Riverside School and ongoing contract negotiations at the Old Forge School District, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, released the following statement urging administrators and educators to come to an agreement for the benefit of students across the region: Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, was sworn into office today for his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly."I am looking forward to my third term representing the 114th Legislative District," Kavulich said. "While the district boundaries have changed, my dedication and drive to improve Northeastern Pennsylvania has not and I remain committed to working with constituents on the issues that are most important to them. I look forward to tackling the tough issues facing the commonwealth including transportation, funding of social programs and education."Kavulich said he will work to improve school safety by introducing legislation that would require schools to practice lockdown drills. To address school districts’ rising costs, Kavulich also plans to examine health care plans for teachers across the commonwealth.Residents are encouraged to contact Kavulich’s Taylor office located at 802 S. Main St. at 570-562-2350 or the Carbondale office located at 16 Salem Ave. at 570-282-1335 for free assistance with state-related issues.Kavulich urges constituents to connect with him via Facebook, Twitter and his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Kavulich for regular updates on state programs and services. Read more
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