• There were a few major budget items that will positively impact our district right off the bat. Chief among them is the $1.45M increased investment the state is making in our three school districts. As a former school board member, increases in the state support of our normal educational budget empowers districts to address service gaps while also easing the funding burden on local sources (property taxes).

    The funding did not stop there. The budget also injects an additional $828k in our three districts to invest in NEW physical safety and mental health supports. In all, this budget increases state funding of our schools by over $2.2 Million dollars. Check in with your school board members in the fall to better understand how these state funds will help them.

    Education Funding Sees Increase of $1.8 Billion in 2022-23 PA Bu - Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA
  • Another direct benefit from this budget is the one-time support being offered to those individuals in our district receiving support from the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program. The budget included a one-time benefit increase of 70% and there are no additional steps or hurdles that residents must take if they are already receiving this benefit. Pennsylvanians living with a disability, widows who are aged 50 and older and general residents 65 or older can qualify. The program has income limits, excluding half of Social Security income, for homeowners with an annual income under $35,000 or renters that earn under $15,000 annually. If you qualify, the application deadline for the 2021 tax year was extended to December 31st, so make sure you do not miss out on these benefits. My office is happy to help.

    New Pa. budget includes $140M boost to state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program - Pennsylvania Capital-Star (
  • Family members who are living in nursing homes or receiving direct nursing care stand to receive more consistent help now that the state has provided a significant financial lifeline to this industry that relies heavily of tax-payer support. Increased pay, funding for manageable patient-caregiver staffing ratios, and other needed investments will all combine to make nursing care even safer and more affordable.

    Pennsylvania Celebrates ‘Historic’ Investment in Long-Term Care | HealthLeaders Media