Galloway applauds Gov. Wolf’s action on raising minimum wage

(Mar 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf for his announcement of signing an executive order to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.15 for some state workers. The governor’s order will apply to employees of commonwealth agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor and for employees of state government contractors. Galloway said he hopes today’s action by the governor is just the beginning to finally raising the wage for all workers in Pennsylvania. "The current $7.25 minimum wage in Pennsylvania is antiquated. Many people continue to struggle to pay their bills while raising a family," Galloway said. "Providing an increased wage would give these people more purchasing power and the ability to afford basic necessities, contributing more to our overall economy. "Increasing the minimum wage can hurt the economy if done irresponsibly. However, raising it in a responsible manner can help workers and protect the middle class. Capitalism is the engine driving our economy and if left unchecked, can create problems for many in our working class. "I applaud the governor for moving forward on one of his campaign promises and I hope this will give the general assembly initiative to finally take action and increase the state’s minimum wage for everyone." Galloway is a co-sponsor of H.B. 250 , which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10. Read more

 

Galloway bill would expand E-Verify rules to private construction industry

(Mar 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, the newly appointed Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, has introduced a bill which would expand E-Verify requirements which were first signed into law in 2012. House Bill 1881 would require all Pennsylvania employers in the private construction field to confirm the legal employment status of all employees through the federal E-Verify program. "This is a natural expansion of my law from 2012 which requires all contractors bidding on any job which requires prevailing wages use E-Verify to confirm all employees are legally permitted to work in the United States," Galloway said. "Prevailing wage rules apply to public construction jobs for state, county or other municipal agencies and public authorities and school districts. "That law has been very successful and so requiring the same requirements for all construction employees is the logical next step." E-Verify is a voluntary federal program which can quickly compare databases to compare Social Security numbers and Department of Homeland Security records to determine if a potential employee is permitted to work in the United States. Galloway added that about 40 co-sponsors, both Democratic and Republican, have signed on to support the bill. Galloway was elevated to the chairmanship this morning. He previously served as the Democratic vice chairman for the committee. Read more

 

Galloway to lead House committee

(Mar 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody announced that Rep. John Galloway will become Democratic chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee. Galloway, D-Bucks, has served on the committee for 10 years and is currently the Democratic vice chairman. “Chairman Galloway is committed to standing up for Pennsylvania’s working families. He’s someone who can reach across the aisle to build coalitions and get things done,” Dermody said. “John’s long background on the committee and his familiarity with key people in labor and industry will help him to hit the ground running as chairman. “With bills pending on the minimum wage, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation, John’s knowledge and his ability to reach consensus solutions will be put to use as Democrats work to protect the wages and hard-won rights of working people,” Dermody said. Galloway looks forward to the challenge. “I’m honored to chair this important committee after making an effort over the years to understand all sides of labor issues,” Galloway said. “As demonstrated by my work on difficult issues such as the 2012 law to apply the federal E-Verify system to all public works projects, we can get more done in Pennsylvania when legislators work together across party lines.” The House has 23 standing committees which review proposed legislation and regulations. Committee chairs are Read more

 

Winter 2016 newsletter

(Feb 25, 2016)

Read my latest newsletter, which includes an update on legislative actions, local events and upcoming events. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

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 prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

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

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

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

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

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

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

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

 

Galloway votes for property tax relief

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, joined with a bipartisan majority this afternoon to adopt an amendment to a bill that would offer lower property taxes and stabilize school funding. The House adopted the amendment to H.B. 504 by a 109-86 vote, with support from both sides of the aisle. "I have been a strong proponent for fixing our property tax system since I first took office in 2007," Galloway said. "As is true for any true reform effort, this amendment had much to offer along with some negatives, but in this case, the advantages made this a very easy 'yes' vote. "Adopting this amendment was a crucial step in including a real property tax cut in the upcoming budget, and it also offers potential tax cuts to all property owners, as well as to stabilize school funding in the future. My goal is to completely eliminate property taxes for all Pennsylvanians and this is a promising beginning." The amended bill now faces a final vote in the House and would move to the Senate for consideration upon final House passage. ### Read more

 

Galloway introduces two bills

(Apr 29, 2015)

LEVITTOWN, April 29 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, recently introduced two bills in the House of Representatives. House Bill 1076 would stiffen drunk driving crimes for some accidents which cause serious injury or death. Currently there is a loophole which allows reduced charges if it cannot be proven that driving under the influence was the cause of an accident which kills or seriously injures someone, even if the driver was found to be intoxicated. "This is a huge loophole in our DUI rules," Galloway said. "A local teenager, Zachary Gonzalez, was killed by an intoxicated driver while riding his bike in January 2014, but since the police could not prove the driver's intoxicated state caused the crash, he could not be charged with a homicide; only driving under the influence. My bill would close that loophole." The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Galloway is also reintroducing Monica's Bill as H.B. 1074 , a bill that would allow a personal state tax deduction for uncovered expenses incurred by a living organ donor during the organ donor process. At least 10 other states have laws which provide some tax incentive for living donors. The bill was inspired by a family medical emergency which brought the need for the tax deduction to Galloway’s attention. An organ donation recipient’s insurance will pay the costs of the medical procedures required for the donor, but Read more

 

Galloway hosting tax rebate events

(Feb 26, 2015)

LEVITTOWN, Feb. 26 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, and his staff will host forums to help senior citizens in his legislative district fill out and submit Pennsylvania’s 2014 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. The dates, times and locations are as follows: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, 301 Wood St., Bristol 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, Falls Township Senior Center, Trenton and Oxford Valley roads, Fairless Hills "The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded from Pennsylvania Lottery profits, and is meant to help reimburse low- and fixed-income homeowners for the property taxes they paid in the previous year," Galloway said. "Also, some seniors who rent their homes may qualify for rent rebates." Seniors 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and permanently disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 64 may be eligible for the refunds, depending on their income level. Homeowners may have earned up to $35,000 and renters may have earned up to $15,000 in the 2014 calendar year, with only half of the applicant’s Social Security, Supplemental Security and federal railroad Retirement Tier 1 earnings counting toward the limit. The maximum rebate is $650, depending on the person’s income. "My staff is trained to help determine if you qualify, and to complete the forms if you may be eligible," Galloway said. "Please Read more

 

Rep. Galloway office accepting food donations at his office through March 10

(Feb 02, 2015)

LEVITTOWN, Feb. 2 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, has announced his Levittown office is a drop-off location for the Operation Helping Hand Food Drive. Galloway and his staff are collecting nonperishable food items through March 10 as part of the United Way of Bucks County’s Operation Helping Hand. Local schools are encouraging their students to bring in canned and dry food items to school on March 11. Items dropped off at Galloway’s office at 8610 New Falls Road, Levittown, will be picked up March 11 and added to the local school donations. “Opening my office for this food drive allows other families, especially those who do not have school-aged children, to participate,” Galloway said. “I know from previous experience, our community always supports those less fortunate and I would like to thank everyone for their help. "Let's work together to fill several boxes with food. All the food collected will be given to local food pantries to help our neighbors.” The food drive is looking for a variety of canned and dry items, such as cereal, pasta, soup, rice, powdered milk, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. 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 appointed to House Appropriations Committee

(Jan 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – As the Pennsylvania House of Representatives reorganized for the 2015-16 Legislative Session, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, was appointed to the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is directly involved in preparing the annual state budget, holding yearly hearings at which the numerous state agencies outline their requests and needs for the upcoming fiscal year. The committee also reviews and evaluates the Governor's Executive Budget proposal each year. The committee has jurisdiction over the offices of the Auditor General and the State Treasurer, as well as the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. "It is both a great honor and a great responsibility to be appointed to this committee," Galloway said. "I will work to find a fair and equitable balance between the needs to raise revenue and to control spending, while ensuring we continue to support those who need the most help." Galloway was sworn in to begin his fifth term representing the 140 th Legislative District on Jan. 6. In addition to the Appropriations Committee, Galloway was appointed as Democratic vice chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, and as a member of the Professional Licensure and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees. ### Read more

 

Galloway takes oath for fifth term

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a noon ceremony at the state Capitol today, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, was sworn in to begin his fifth term representing the people of the 140th Legislative District. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 
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