Galloway’s free paper shredding event is Saturday, May 13

(May 03, 2017)

LEVITTOWN, May 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will host a free paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13 in the Westaby Hall Parking Lot, 425 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. Documents will be shredded on site until noon or until the truck is full. The event is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation that will be sent to a local food bank. Staples are OK, but paper clips cannot be accepted. There is a limit of two bags or boxes per person. All non-paper trash must be removed from boxes and bags. Read more

 

Pa. Tax Amnesty Program runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017

(Apr 13, 2017)

A tax amnesty period for Pennsylvanians will run from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period, the state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. For more information, please click here . Read more

 

Valley Forge PA Legislative Appointment Initiative extended to July 1st

(Apr 03, 2017)

Applicants now have until July 1st each year to apply for the LAI to attend Valley Forge Military College in the fall. There is no difference in process or award amounts between 1st-round nominees and 2nd-round nominees. What is the PA Legislative Appointment Initiative? The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI) currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 Representatives, and 50 Senators, to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College — The Military College of Pennsylvania. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. Am I eligible to apply? The Legislative Scholarship is only available to Pennsylvania residents only at Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania. The minimum academic requirements are a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT score of 17). You can apply directly through your local state representative’s or senator’s office or you can apply for the program by applying first to Valley Forge. You must be a Pennsylvania resident. You also must be a legal resident of the district from where you apply. When can I apply? You can apply at any time during your senior year up until July 1st of the year you wish to attend. Read more

 

Wolf Administration Extends Pennsylvania Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline

(Mar 28, 2017)

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally funded program was slated to end March 31, 2017, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding. “Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable were able to heat their homes this winter because of LIHEAP,” said Governor Wolf. “By keeping the program open longer, we hope to provide additional assistance to those who are struggling to keep their family warm.” LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used. “Everyone deserves a safe, warm home. I encourage Pennsylvanians to apply today to ensure they have the necessary resources to stay warm as the climate continues to be unpredictable,” said Department of Read more

 

Galloway to Host Overdose Prevention Community Town Hall

(Mar 16, 2017)

Rep. Galloway will host an Overdose Prevention Community Town Hall on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Fall Township Municipal Building Meeting Room, 188 Lincoln Highway in Fairless Hills. Read more

 

Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more

 

Unemployment Compensation Assistance

(Jan 12, 2017)

Get more info on what you can do now that several Unemployment Compensation Service Centers have closed and longer wait times are being experienced by those looking for help. Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

Galloway attends groundbreaking of Tullytown Canal Park

(Dec 07, 2016)

Joining community members and local officials, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, took part in a groundbreaking ceremony at the new Tullytown Canal Park behind the Levittown Town Center. Read more

 

Galloway: Senate inaction causing Labor & Industry layoffs, will cause unemployment compensation processing delays

(Nov 18, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, Nov. 18 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, has expressed his frustration over the Senate concluding its business for the 2015-16 legislative session while leaving an important unemployment compensation bill awaiting a vote. Earlier this week, the Senate adjourned for the session before voting on several bills, including H.B. 2375 . As a result, the state Department of Labor and Industry has announced that up to 450 employees will be laid off effective Dec. 19 and three of the eight Unemployment Compensation Service Centers will be closed. Additional layoff notices are expected for other employees next week. The three centers that will be closed are in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster. The bill, which was introduced by Republican state Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon, was a bipartisan plan to extend a funding program that has been in effect for the last four years. That money has been used to hire staff and dramatically reduce customer wait times and also to upgrade the department's computer system, which has components that are 40 years old. "By refusing to act on the bill, which passed the House with 175 affirmative votes last month, the Senate leadership is proving they are out of touch with most Pennsylvanians," Galloway said. "By refusing to even allow a vote by the full Senate, they have directly caused the layoffs of hundreds Read more

 

Galloway office to be toy drop-off location through Dec. 16

(Nov 09, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, Nov. 9 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced his Levittown office is again a drop-off location for this year’s Toys for the Y. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 14, new, unwrapped toys, books, clothing and outerwear for children, and local supermarket gift cards, may be dropped off at 8610 New Falls Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, until Dec. 16. Toys for the Y is part of the Lower Bucks Family YMCA Giving Tree program, which shares gifts and food with local families in need during the holiday season. "I am proud to have my office and staff participate in this annual event," Galloway said. "It is too easy to forget those who need help during the busy holiday times. Last year, the piles of toys and gifts brought to my office grew on a daily basis. We filled several huge boxes with toys. I anticipate another year of heart-warming generosity from my constituents and friends." In 2015, the Giving Tree program served over 750 children and more than 300 families. The Giving Tree goal for 2016 is to provide gifts and meals for at least 320 families in the region. Galloway said his office also has information about programs to help children and families, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, among others. For more information, contact his office at (215) 943-7206 . ### Read more

 

Galloway: Unemployment Bill Protects Workers, Taxpayers

(Nov 03, 2016)

Legislation Rep. John Galloway fought hard to pass was signed by Governor Tom Wolf today. It provides 44,000 additional people with unemployment insurance and makes cost-saving changes to pay for it. Read more

 

Galloway: new Unemployment Compensation rules will restore up to 44,000 workers to the program at no additional cost

(Oct 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, announced that the legislature today finalized an important update to the state's Unemployment Compensation program. The bill, if signed by the governor, will restore benefits for cyclical workers who currently make too much money during their busy season to qualify for benefits in the down times. When Act 60 of 2012 was passed to help stabilize the UC Trust Fund, part of that change required an employee to earn at least 49.5 percent of his annual earnings outside his highest earning quarter. "This bill removes that stipulation which unfairly hurts workers who made too much money in their busiest season," Galloway said. "Act 60's changes led to the unintended consequence of making these workers ineligible for the compensation they would otherwise be entitled to receive. Construction workers often fell into this trap. This bill drops the earnings requirement back to its pre-Act 60 limit, 37 percent outside the highest earning quarter. This will be a crucial change for these workers and other changes incorporated in the bill mean it will pay for itself and not affect the solvency of the fund." House Bill 319, which was amended in the Senate on Tuesday, received final Senate passage this evening and the House then moved to concur with the Senate changes. In addition to restoring the program eligibility to approximately Read more

 

Davis, Galloway hail grants for St. Mary Medical Center, Route 13 industrial area

(Sep 30, 2016)

State Reps. John Galloway and Tina Davis applaud state grants totaling almost $2 million to help the St. Mary Medical Center build a primary and urgent care center in Levittown and to extend water and sewer lines to vacant and underutilized industrial properties in the Route 13 Industrial Area. The Bucks County Democrats thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for approving the RACP grants of $900,000 for St. Mary and $1 million for the Route 13 line extensions in Bristol Twp. Read more

 

Galloway hosting 10th annual Senior Expo on Sept. 15

(Sep 08, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 8 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, is hosting his 10th annual Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Westaby Hall, 425 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. A number of free health and wellness opportunities will be offered, including blood pressure and pulse oximetry. Representatives from a number of government and nonprofit agencies and local businesses will also participate. Veterans can apply for ID discount cards if they bring their DD-214. Additionally, attendees can sign up for a free SEPTA Key pass. Door prizes, giveaways and light refreshments will be available during the event. For more information, contact Galloway's constituent services office at (215) 943-7206 . ### Read more

 

Stop the New Jersey Tax Grab!

(Jul 11, 2016)

If you live in Pennsylvania and make $35,000 or more a year working in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is proposing that you pay more in income tax – and that you pay it to New Jersey. If he gets his way, Gov. Christie would abolish a 39-year-old tax agreement between Pennsylvania and New Jersey that allows interstate commuters to pay income taxes in their state of residence. Without the two-state agreement, Pennsylvanians working in New Jersey would have to pay New Jersey's graduated income tax instead of Pennsylvania's flat income tax. The Bottom Line : Pennsylvanians working across the Delaware River who make $35,000 or more per year would be subject to New Jersey’s higher tiered rates, and if your taxable income from working in the Garden State is $40,000 or more, you would pay more than 5.5 percent in income tax, a 55 percent hike. For those making considerably more, your tax liability could spike to nearly 200 percent – and all of that money would go to New Jersey instead of benefitting our community here at home. Please look at the table below for more information. All of this can be avoided by keeping the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Tax Reciprocity Agreement in place. If you are a Pennsylvanian working in New Jersey, lend your voice to keep tax reciprocity by signing the petition here . Don’t let Gov. Christie get away with an unfair, unilateral tax grab. Read more

 

Galloway: Local fire companies receive corporate donations

(Jun 13, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, June 13 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, joined four local fire companies as Waste Management donated money to the fire companies which serve the communities surrounding the Tullytown landfill. The donations were part of the proceeds from the trash processing company's annual corporate golf tournament. The donations were presented to the fire departments of Fairless Hills, Falls, Levittown and Tullytown. Galloway was joined by Falls Township Supervisor Bob Harvie and Waste Management managers John Schneider and John Hambrose during the recent check presentation, which was held at the Fairless Hills Fire Co. "Our local fire departments protect and serve 24-7," Galloway said. "I was proud to attend the check presentation which demonstrates the corporate support of our local firefighters." Also at the check presentation were representatives from the Fairless Hills, Levittown and Tullytown fire companies. ### Read more

 

Galloway to host free shredding event May 14

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will host a free community shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14 in the parking lot of Westaby Hall, 425 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. Local residents are invited to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial records, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. There is a two-box limit per person. "Identity theft becomes a bigger problem every year," Galloway said. "Proper disposal of sensitive material is your best defense against becoming a victim of this type of crime. “In addition to protecting your identity, you are protecting the environment, as the shredded paper will be recycled.” Constituents can learn more about identity theft at the Pennsylvania Treasurer's website, www.patreasury.gov/learn/idtheft/ . The event is open to the public, but only personal papers will be shredded. Business papers will not be accepted at this event. For more information, constituents may contact Galloway's constituent service office at ( 215) 943-7206. ### Read more

 

House passing medical marijuana bill is a big step

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today joined a solid bipartisan majority of House members in voting to allow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The House passed an amended version of S.B. 3, which originally passed the Senate in May 2015. The amended bill would require a prescribing doctor to be registered with the Department of Health before they would be authorized to prescribe the use of cannabis for the following conditions: intractable seizures, cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, Huntingdon's disease, sickle cell diseases, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, autism and neuropathic pain for which traditional therapies are inadvisable, as well as other neuropathies and certain spinal cord injuries. The main amendment to the bill was the result of a bipartisan task force which worked together for months to craft a bill which would be acceptable to a majority of legislators. "Today was a historic vote in the House and the vote brings us one step closer to offering the potential health benefits that cannabis oil seems to offer," Galloway said. "It is unfair that fear of the unknown has been limiting the use of potentially life-changing medication. Many Pennsylvanians, and especially children, may benefit from the medical use of marijuana, but without the legal availability of the medicine, they may never know. Read more

 
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