Rep. Goodman, Gov. Wolf announce $2 million grant for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill

(Sep 30, 2016)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill will receive a $2 million state grant that will allow it to continue providing quality health care and preserve family-sustaining jobs. Read more

 

Pioneer Mine Tunnel & Steam Train receives grant to restore mining artifacts

(Jul 14, 2016)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall congratulated the Pioneer Mine Tunnel & Steam Train in Ashland for winning a grant to paint and erect a salvaged headframe and hoisting drum as exhibits. Read more

 

Goodman’s bill to help fight blight wins state House approval

(May 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday passed state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s bill that would reduce the time a purchaser of a building has to correct known code violations or demolish the structure from 18 months to 12 months. Read more

 

Schuylkill fire, EMS companies receive $1.4 million in state grants

(Apr 25, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – The state has awarded $1.4 million in grants to fire and EMS companies across Schuylkill County, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman, Jerry Knowles and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced. Read more

 

Pottsville to receive $274,500 grant

(Apr 08, 2016)

Pottsville will receive a $274,500 grant that will help improve sidewalks in a section of the city targeted for revitalization, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced. Read more

 

State grant will fund new water quality monitoring on Upper Swatara Creek

(Apr 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 1 – The Schuylkill Conservation District will receive a $67,024 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to again monitor water quality on the Upper Swatara Creek, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced. Read more

 

Goodman’s mentored youth hunting legislation advances in state Senate

(Mar 22, 2016)

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee today voted to amend state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s mentored youth hunting program to 12- to 17-year-olds into another bill advancing through that chamber. 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

 

Goodman, Gillespie seek to expand mentored youth hunting program

(Feb 04, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Keith Gillespie are preparing to introduce legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s mentored youth hunting program to people ages 12 to 17. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers mentored hunting programs, but they are open only to children younger than 12 and those who are older than 18. It introduces them to hunting through the one-on-one guidance of an experienced hunter without committing to taking the hunter/trapper safety education course or buying a license. Goodman, a Schuylkill County Democrat and an avid hunter, said it makes sense to expand the program to people ages 12 to 17. "The enjoyment of hunting is often contagious – you want to continue to participate in the sport once you are exposed to it," Goodman said. "I’m sure that if we allow more young people to try hunting before they make significant commitments of time and money, more of them will become life-long enthusiasts and continue this great Pennsylvania tradition." Goodman and House Bill 1840’s other prime sponsor, state Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-York, are seeking co-sponsors for their legislation. “Rep. Goodman’s legislation would allow us to further grow the sport we love,” said Gillespie, majority chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. “Some activities take time to appreciate, and expanding learning opportunities in this way would expose the outdoors 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

 

Schuylkill County Municipal Authority to receive $6.4 million Pennvest loan

(Jan 21, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David G. Argall announced that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has awarded the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority a $6.4 million low-interest loan. The authority will use the loan to repair three deteriorating water storage tanks – two in Pottsville and one in New Castle Township. It also will replace 10,000 aging water meters in all 22 municipalities it serves with modern meters that can be read remotely and have improved ability to detect leaks. “I’m pleased that the state is providing financial assistance for this project, which is necessary for the authority to continue to provide safe, reliable drinking water to its customers,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. “This loan will allow for necessary upgrades to improve the quality of water for local residents,” said Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks. The authority serves about 11,600 households. The Pennvest loan carries an interest rate of 1 percent for the first five years, and 1.74 percent for the remainder of the term. Pennvest was created by the General Assembly in 1988 and is an independent state agency offering low-interest loans and grants to communities through Pennsylvania to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. 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

 

Goodman bills would help prevent trail camera theft, require additional education for Game Commission violators

(Dec 15, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman today introduced legislation that would add trail cameras to a section of the state’s Game Code that addresses theft or destruction of hunting property, such as tree stands, blinds and decoys. In addition, H.B. 1764 would increase penalties for violations of this section of the Game Code from a second-degree summary to a first-degree summary. A first-degree summary violation is punishable by a fine of $1,000 to $1,500, and a possible jail sentence of up to three months. “As trail cameras have become more popular, there has been a spike in the amount of them being stolen,” said Goodman, a Schuylkill County Democrat and avid outdoorsman. “Hunters spend a significant amount of money on trail cameras and other equipment, and the goal of my legislation is to help protect their investment.” As an additional deterrent, the bill also would require any licensed hunter found guilty of this section of the Game Code to lose their hunting and trapping privileges for a year. Goodman also introduced legislation, H.B. 1765, that would require any hunter who had their hunting privileges suspended to take a remedial hunter education and safety course before receiving a new license. “I believe the fact that a hunter’s license has been suspended is proof enough that they are in need of the additional education and attention provided by the remedial hunter education course,” Goodman Read more

 

House passes Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs

(Nov 24, 2015)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that would allow state veterans to participate in a prescription drug assistance program if a state veterans benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. Read more

 

House passes Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs

(Nov 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 24 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that would allow state veterans to participate in a prescription drug assistance program if a state veterans benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. “Our veterans should not be excluded from PACE and PACENET just because they receive a small stipend or bonus as a result of their service to our country,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. Goodman thanked his colleagues for supporting H.B. 493, and said he’s hopeful the state Senate will take up the legislation soon. Some of the veteran benefit programs addressed by Goodman’s bill include the Blind Veterans Pension and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension, both of which provide a maximum of $1,800 to a veteran per year. The Persian Gulf Veteran’s Bonus Program, which provides a one-time stipend of up to $525 to veterans of the first Gulf War, also is addressed in the legislation. That program was recently extended until 2018 through a law Goodman authored. Goodman also noted about 95,000 veterans receive federal Veterans Administration disability payments. PACE and PACENET provide prescription assistance to Pennsylvanians 65 or older. The income limits for PACE eligibility are $14,500 for a single person and $17,700 for a married couple. PACENET income limits are slightly higher. For a single person, total income can be between Read more

 

Goodman bill would put into law three-license limit for doe, retain Game Commission’s ability to target local deer herds as needed

(Nov 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 24 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman has introduced legislation that would put into law current regulations that limit the number of antlerless deer licenses a hunter may receive to three per year, unless the state Game Commission needs to issue more to reduce the herd in a local area. The commission’s regulations currently permit hunters to receive one regular antlerless license and two unsold antlerless licenses. The commission also has the ability to issue more licenses for special regulation areas to help with aggressive deer management efforts. "My bill would simply put the Game Commission’s current practices into law," said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. "Codifying the three-license limit and retaining the commission’s flexibility to issue more licenses to target an area where the herd needs to be thinned would eliminate confusion and misconceptions about these licenses." Goodman said the confusion stems from stories of hunters receiving up to 40 licenses in some areas. House Bill 1710 has been referred to the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Read more

 

Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs wins committee approval

(Nov 18, 2015)

The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee today voted out state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that would allow Pennsylvania veterans to participate in state-run prescription-drug assistance programs if a state veterans benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. Read more

 

Goodman bill to help more veterans qualify for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program wins committee’s OK

(Nov 18, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee today voted out state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that would allow Pennsylvania veterans to participate in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program if a state veterans benefit puts them over the income cutoff. “Many Pennsylvania veterans, including those who were blinded, lost a limb or were paralyzed as a result of their service, receive small stipends from the state that could push them over the income limit for this popular program,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. “It’s unfair to exclude them simply because they are receiving a few extra dollars because of their service to our country.” Goodman said he learned that the law needed to be fixed after finding out that veterans’ benefit payments put one of his constituents over the PTRR income limit. Goodman thanked committee members for advancing House Bill 493, and said he looks forward to a vote by the full state House. Some of the veteran benefit programs addressed by Goodman’s bill include the Blind Veterans Pension and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension, both of which provide a maximum of $1,800 to a veteran per year. The Persian Gulf Veteran’s Bonus Program, which provides a one-time stipend of up to $525 to veterans of the first Gulf War, also is addressed in the legislation. That program was recently extended until 2018 through a law Goodman authored. The Property Read more

 

Rep. Goodman, Gov. Wolf announce $2 million grant for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill
Sep 30, 2016

Pioneer Mine Tunnel & Steam Train receives grant to restore mining artifacts
Jul 14, 2016

Goodman’s bill to help fight blight wins state House approval
May 02, 2016

Schuylkill fire, EMS companies receive $1.4 million in state grants
Apr 25, 2016

Pottsville to receive $274,500 grant
Apr 08, 2016

State grant will fund new water quality monitoring on Upper Swatara Creek
Apr 01, 2016

Goodman’s mentored youth hunting legislation advances in state Senate
Mar 22, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office
Feb 15, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

Goodman, Gillespie seek to expand mentored youth hunting program
Feb 04, 2016

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind
Jan 29, 2016

Schuylkill County Municipal Authority to receive $6.4 million Pennvest loan
Jan 21, 2016

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Goodman bills would help prevent trail camera theft, require additional education for Game Commission violators
Dec 15, 2015

House passes Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs
Nov 24, 2015

House passes Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs
Nov 24, 2015

Goodman bill would put into law three-license limit for doe, retain Game Commission’s ability to target local deer herds as needed
Nov 24, 2015

Goodman bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription assistance programs wins committee approval
Nov 18, 2015

Goodman bill to help more veterans qualify for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program wins committee’s OK
Nov 18, 2015