Nearly all of the 34 high school students raised their hands Friday when U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright asked who among them are poor standardized test-takers. Read more
The pursuit of political careers. Drug testing for welfare recipients. Economic benefits vs. environmental impacts of fracking. Medical marijuana. Common Core Curriculum in Pennsylvania.
The topics covered by regional high school students in an open question and answer session during Friday’s Youth and Government Forum at Keystone College were diverse.
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
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address today gives a clear course to helping kids and homeowners in northeastern Pennsylvania.
“Today, Governor Wolf delivered a budget address that wasn't about numbers, it was about reality, and the failure of the legislature to agree on a spending plan for this year. Before we look forward to next year's budget, we need to come up with one for this year.
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. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement today concerning Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to release vital school and social service funding.
“With the governor’s action on the budget today, the much-needed funding for schools and social service agencies in Lackawanna County and across the Commonwealth is in place. However, the bigger picture still remains: we need to reach agreement on a budget that is completed to its fullest.
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, urged parents of future college students – even ones still in diapers – to consider starting a new college savings account with significant tax advantages by using Pennsylvania’s PA 529 College Savings Program.
“No matter how old your child is, college will be here before you know it, and with student debt continuing to skyrocket this savings plan will give you peace of mind and help your child’s financial future after graduation,” Kavulich said. “And now that the state is offering free enrollment through Dec. 31st, it’s the perfect time to get the facts and find out if the program is right for your family.”
The office of Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich can help veterans obtain the services and benefits they've earned through their service to our country. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich attended a Pennsylvania Gaming Oversight Committee hearing to find out more about a proposal to allow slot machines in some Pennsylvania airports. Kavulich hasn't decided how he would vote on potential legislation about this, but he was interested to find out the revenue from those machines could lower operating costs for airports like Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International, which could then make them more attractive to airlines. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement on why he voted “no” on the state’s 2015-16 budget today.
“When we look at school districts like Carbondale, they’ll lose high-quality early education programs such as full-day kindergarten. When you look at Lakeland, they’ll lose much-needed intervention programs for students in need. For Riverside, they won’t be able to reduce class sizes. Every school district is going to be negatively impacted in some way with this budget passed today, and I simply couldn’t do that to our kids.”
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
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