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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


With new budget to consider, General Assembly must find common ground

(Feb 09, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address: “It is critically important that all parties immediately return to the negotiation table to finalize the state budget for this year while the budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year begins. I have repeatedly called on the House Speaker to keep the House in session, every day, until that important work is completed and I am disappointed that my calls have fallen on deaf ears, to this point. We need to put our fiscal house in order while restoring a portion of the funds cut from schools and county human services under the previous governor. Otherwise, we will not secure our future and will force local governments to raise property taxes, which already are a burden to too many citizens. 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


Longietti announces CCPP grants in 7th Legislative District

(Jan 27, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that Clark Borough and Hermitage City both will receive grants from the Community Conservation Partnership Program. Clark Borough will receive $35,500 for further development of Henderson Taylor Community Park. The work scheduled includes construction of a pavilion, installation of play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements. 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


Longietti outraged at House speaker’s adjournment

(Dec 23, 2015)

Following Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai’s unilateral decision to adjourn the House without taking up a vote on a scheduled state budget bill, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement: “The House was poised to consider Senate Bill 1073, a 12-month spending plan, and an affirmative vote would have ended the nearly six month budget stalemate as Governor Tom Wolf planned to sign the legislation. Instead, speaker Turzai suddenly and unexpectedly adjourned the House from session, and members of the House Republican caucus scurried from the Capitol to return home. I will remain in Harrisburg to complete the budget process and am calling on the speaker to immediately return the House to voting session. The House remains on a six-hour call, but the current indication is that the speaker will not recall the House until after the end of the year. Read more


Longietti calls on speaker to return House to session

(Dec 11, 2015)

At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, joined over 20 House Democrats in calling for Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to return the House to session and end the budget impasse. Read more


Longietti: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti says that he and his House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more


Longietti: Speaker needs to return House to session to finalize budget

(Dec 10, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, called on House Speaker Mike Turzai to immediately return the House to session in order to finalize work on a state budget. Longietti issued the following statement after the speaker unexpectedly adjourned the House until noon Saturday: “It is unfathomable to me that Speaker Turzai would adjourn the House when senior centers are closed, nonprofits have laid off employees and suspended services, and schools are considering closing their doors because a state budget has not been adopted. Read more


Bill reauthorizing Children’s Health Insurance Program passes House

(Dec 02, 2015)

Legislation authorizing the extension of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program until Dec. 31, 2017 and moving the program from the Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services unanimously passed the House Tuesday and moved to the Senate for consideration. “CHIP is a nationally recognized model for children’s health insurance that serves over 150,000 young people across the state, and I’m proud to support this program,” Longietti said. “We need to ensure that in the future, children and their families will have access to quality health care that allows them to visit the doctor when sick and get the necessary care they need. Read more


Bills to improve PACE and PACENET pass House

(Nov 24, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that the House unanimously passed three bills aimed at improving PACE and PACENET for seniors who benefit from the prescription-drug programs. House Bill 493 is a package of bills from last session that would exempt veterans’ benefits from income eligibility calculations for state programs. Read more


Bill to delay Keystone Exams unanimously passes House

(Nov 23, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, voted today to delay the implementation of the Keystone Exams until the 2018-2019 school year. "The State Board of Education made Keystone Exams a graduation requirement without input from the legislature and it is clear we need to reexamine and rethink that requirement," Longietti said. "This bill will not only delay implementation of that requirement until 2018-19, but it will also require the Department of Education to investigate alternatives to a graduation requirement and report back to the legislature. Additionally, it ensures that no student is excluded from vocational-technical education or elective courses, like Art and Music, due to supplemental instruction related to Keystone Exams." Read more


Laurel Technical Institute receives $149,000 state grant for upgrades, scholarships

(Jun 16, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon has received a $149,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to upgrade equipment, provide scholarships and increase the use of technology in its classrooms. Read more


Good news for Mercer County volunteers

(Jun 11, 2015)

Gov. Tom Wolf has heard concerns that I and others have raised about the financial burdens placed on our volunteers by a state law enacted last year, and will waive state fees for mandated clearances and background checks. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extended

(Jun 08, 2015)

The deadline to apply to the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 has been extended from June 30 until Dec. 31, 2015. Read more


Happy Mother's Day; National Women's Health Week begins Sunday

(May 08, 2015)

To encourage women to take care of their health, I joined my colleagues in the state House this week in adopting a resolution that recognizes May 10-16 as National Women's Health Week in Pennsylvania. Read more


Greenville student wins Pa. House of Representatives Scholarship

(Apr 27, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti congratulated Sarah Shannon, a senior at Greenville Junior/Senior High School, one of two winners of the 2015-16 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. Read more


Greenville receives state grant, loan to replace deteriorated stormwater collection system

(Apr 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that Greenville will receive a state grant and low-interest loan totaling $995,000 to replace a deteriorated section of its stormwater collection system. The funding, approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, will enable the borough to replace 1,254 linear feet of stormwater sewer pipe, install 16 new catch basins and build an outfall headwall. "After a torrential rain fall last year, a section of Greenville’s stormwater collection system under Brackin Alley collapsed, opening several sinkholes and sending sediment into the Shenango River," said Longietti, D-Mercer. "This funding will help the borough replace both pipe that collapsed and other deteriorated sections of the collection system in Brackin Alley." Pennvest will give the borough a $497,500 grant and a $497,500 low-interest loan. The term of the loan is 20 years, with a 1 percent interest rate. An independent agency, Pennvest funds sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects throughout the state. These projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania's environment and the health of residents, as well as provide opportunities for economic growth and jobs for Pennsylvania workers. Read more