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Kortz: Property Tax/Rent Rebate deadline extended to Dec. 31

(Jun 04, 2015)

DRAVOSBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, reminds Pennsylvania seniors 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and disabled adults that they may be eligible for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The application deadline for a rebate on rent or taxes paid in 2014 has been extended through Dec. 31. Eligibility is based on income. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, but half of Social Security income is excluded for both groups. The maximum property tax rebate for most people is $650, but some applicants may qualify for an additional supplemental rebate of up to 50 percent. "The constituent service specialists in my offices can answer any questions about the program," Kortz said. "They can also help you complete an application if you qualify." The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming. Kortz reminds residents who would like assistance to bring their 2014 income tax records and proof of rent or property taxes paid in 2014 to his offices at 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Road, Dravosburg or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. For more information Read more

 

Trout Season opens April 18; Kortz has trout stocking schedules

(Mar 02, 2015)

State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced that the 2014 Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available for pickup in his constituent service offices, 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. and 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. Read more

 

House takes a solid step in combatting cyber harassment

(Feb 23, 2015)

I am happy to let you know that the state House of Representatives has taken a strong step toward protecting our school-aged children from cyber-bullying with the passage of H.B. 229 Monday afternoon. This bill would make it a crime to threaten a child through electronic communication. Repeatedly commenting on a child's sexual orientation, sexual activity, mental health or physical characteristics would also be treated as a crime. Read more

 

Kortz takes oath of office to begin fifth term

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to a fifth term as the 38th House District representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 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

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more

 

Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more

 

Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 20, 2014)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more