Taking the first significant step toward increasing income limits for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the first time in 16-plus years, the Finance Committee passed legislation Tuesday to do just that. Read more
YORK, March 30 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced today she has been appointed by Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton to serve on the Chesapeake Bay Commission for the 2023-24 Legislative Session. The CBC is tasked with coordinating state legislative and policy action among Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It also serves as a liaison to the U.S. Congress on policy and budgetary matters related to the watershed’s restoration. “I’m honored to join the commission and help continue its 40-year record of achieving strong restoration results,” Hill-Evans said. “Coordinating such expansive and intricate remediation efforts is a challenge I’m eager to take on. The Chesapeake and its tributaries are vital to all of us, from the beauty and recreation they offer to the myriad ways they support our economy.” Hill-Evans is among the 21 members who comprise the CBC. Each partnering state is represented by seven members: five state legislators, a citizen representative and the cabinet secretary responsible for managing the state’s natural resources. The commission was established in the early 1980s after a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found it was in serious environmental decline, experiencing a rapid loss of wildlife and aquatic life. The primary source of the degradation was identified as excess nutrient pollution Read more
YORK, March 16 – York County was awarded $1 million in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for local infrastructure improvements, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced today. The funding will go toward two projects: to improving conditions of York railyard and replacing a bridge in Spring Garden Township. “I'm thankful that York County received this significant funding to enhance our citizens’ safety. These are needed improvements for our communities,” Hill-Evans said. “Infrastructure renovations are sound investments that improve the quality of life for our residents, and free up local governments’ budgets to complete other efforts. The grants awarded include: York Railway Rail-Truck Transload Improvements: $500,000. Rathton Road Bridge Replacement Project: $500,000. The grants were made possible by the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund, which is overseen by the Department of Community and Economic Development. The fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that residents have access to a safe and dependable transportation system. Funds may be used for transit-oriented development, streetscape and sidewalk improvements, pedestrian safety, and the development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities. For more information on the Multimodal Transportation Fund visit this website . Read more
HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Reps. Izzy Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster, and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, on Monday introduced legislation (H.B. 389) to expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program in Pennsylvania by equalizing income levels, increasing rebate amounts and raising the highest income bracket for homeowners and renters. “It has become too hard to afford a home in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Smith-Wade-El said. “For many of our senior homeowners and renters, the place in which they live is a legacy of work, life, and love, and we have an obligation to protect them and that legacy by helping them stay in their homes. “Older Pennsylvanians in Lancaster and across the Commonwealth are struggling to pay for basic necessities like food and rent. Despite rising inflation and cost-of-living increases, PTRR’s income limits, rebate amounts and other provisions have not been modified to correspond to these economic changes, resulting in fewer people qualifying for the program and the program rebates failing to provide the necessary financial assistance. “In particular, the PTRR Program has too long discriminated against renters, saying that they deserve less support than homeowners. What we’re going to do differently with this legislation is make sure that all of our seniors and all of our neighbors with disabilities have the support they need to stay in their homes. “The changes Chairwoman Hill-Evans and I Read more
HARRISBURG, March 8 – The newly formed PA House Democratic Central Pennsylvania Delegation issued its first statement today by commending Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposed 2023-24 state budget. The delegation’s members share several top budget priorities with the governor. “I conferred with our delegation members after yesterday’s budget address by Governor Shapiro and was heartened to learn they believe he spoke on initiatives that would have a great positive impact on their constituencies,” state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, chair of the delegation, said. “Establishing equitable funding for all our public schools became a priority for our members after the Commonwealth Court’s long-awaited ruling earlier this year,” Hill-Evans continued. “That ruling gave us the green light to finally establish a fair school funding formula that works for all students – not just those who happen to reside in Pennsylvania’s wealthier ZIP codes.” She said delegation members were also heartened to see Shapiro broach issues on which they’ve drafted soon-to-be-introduced legislation, including: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program: Expanding the program for seniors and disabled residents would help keep these vulnerable communities safe in their homes and remove their burden of worrying about keeping the roof over their heads. Safe Read more
HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, said she stands behind several measures in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2023/24 state budget, including investing in education and economic development and believes that it will create opportunities for growth in the central Pennsylvania region. “We have reformed the House to make our government more responsive to all of its people, and this proposal for a commonsense budget will build on the people’s needs for a bright future,” Hill-Evans said. “I am confident in the governor’s proposals for education, support of local businesses, and safety of residents of the commonwealth from youth to our seniors. “Governor Shapiro’s proposal finds solutions to everyday problems Pennsylvanians face. We want to improve our schools and make sure that every child has the access to quality education and safe learning environment no matter the ZIP code. It would not only help people gain access to an efficient education but provide more funding for career and tech schools and continue to provide universal free breakfast for all Pennsylvanian students. “This budget would expand the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program for our seniors and disabled Pennsylvanians. Everyone deserves a roof over their head, and this program keeps our vulnerable community safe and in their homes. Raising the maximum rebate and increasing the income cap for renters will help Read more
“This contest is a great way to get young students involved and excited about how they can make a positive impact on our communities,” Hill-Evans said. “It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their writing ability, as well as their understanding of using technology to address real-world problems.” Read more
“These investments play a fundamental role in reducing crime across York County,” said Hill-Evans. “I want to thank everyone who helped connect these tax dollars to essential programs in our communities. I look forward to exploring new funding opportunities that will increase the safety and well-being of our residents.” Read more
“These projects mark a major state investment in our region,” Hill-Evans said. “In the education, health, and economic sectors, these projects will have a lasting impact on our community, and I want to thank everyone involved who has helped make them happen.” Read more
Thank you, Governor Wolf, Chairwoman Boback, Representative Dan Williams, and everyone who voted for HB2586. Surrounded by surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, we in Pennsylvania will now know March 29th of each year as Tuskegee Airmen Day. Act 138 of 2022 codifies the day into Title 38. Read more
"Encouragement from others and joining in a nationwide effort can be a great incentive to take that first step," Hill-Evans said. "The more we do to call attention to the resources available to help people quit, the healthier we’ll be as individuals and as a society." Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County has received $12.5 million in grants from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program that will benefit organizations throughout the 95 th Legislative District, including York City. “This influx of money from the RACP benefit York and it’s residents,” Hill-Evans said. “I am diligently working to strengthen this community—and these grants are another step in the right direction.” Grant recipients, award amounts, and the projects being funded include: City of York Health and Safety Complex ($1,500,000): The Pine Street School (Sylvia Newcome Center) will be renovated to house the consolidated operations of the Bureau of Health in this project. A public health clinic is planned within the renovated space as well as the addition of a mental health division in conjunction with the police department; the addition of a multi-purpose room which will provide activities for students in grades 3 through 12. Classroom space will be provided for theatre, dance, photography, cosmetology, and physical fitness education and activities. Community Progress Council Integrated Services Building ($5,000,000): CPC will use these funds to support the construction of a new, integrated service building that is more cost effective to operate. Construction, land acquisition, and parking improvements as well as soft costs Read more
Hill-Evans has been instrumental in securing these grants by personally encouraging local organizations to submit grant applications. She works with organizations located in her district and those serving her district to apply, provides letters of support and follows up with decision-makers at the state level to approve these projects. She said she is glad to see funding come to major projects for York. Read more
This week the PA House passed several House bills and resolutions and passed many Senate bills in one of our last meetings of the 2021-22 term. Here are some highlights of the legislative work I supported this week Read more
A group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing bills that would strengthen protection for nurses who perform reproductive health services, and for patients who utilize them Read more
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“I am glad that we are taking the time to address this issue in Pennsylvania,” Hill-Evans said. “Communities thrive when we collaborate and work to fix the problems that are affecting our most vulnerable citizens. My bill, along with Rep. Mullins’s bill, are concrete solutions to a problem that we cannot continue to allow to exist.” Read more
I want to share with you a great group of organizations that are coming together to continue the efforts I have been leading to help bring awareness to diaper needs in Pennsylvania. Here in the district, The Movement, Chrystal’s Place, Salem Square Connects, York City Health Bureau’s Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies, and The Well Food Pantry will be assisting in the September month-long drive and receiving all collections that the York community can give Read more
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced that 266 elementary schools will receive $7 million in grant funding to provide students with fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Read more
“I am glad that we have organizations willing to work together to address this issue in York,” Hill-Evans said. “Communities thrive when we collaborate. We want to keep the donations localized so that they are most accessible to families within walking distance around the district. Having more recipient organizations gives us an opportunity to accept more donations.” Read more
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