|Touring Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to tour Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna. Our rural hospitals are critically important! I remain focused on supporting policies to ensure their continued operation. I want to sincerely thank my hosts for allowing me to tour their facility. They truly care about their patients and our community. Pictured above from left: David Passetti, Kelli Kane, Sara Adornato, me and Charlie Alison.
Paul Lukus, A Man Devoted to His Community
Congratulations to Paul Lukus on his 40 years of service to the Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Paul is a great example of one who dedicates his time to our community. Pictured from left: me, Susquehanna County Commissioner MaryAnn Warren, Authority Executive Director Karen Allen, Paul Lukus, and Susquehanna County Commissioners Alan Hall and Betsy Arnold.
Proud to Serve on Key House Committees
I am excited to continue serving on the Aging and Older Adult Services and Commerce committees this session as well as being newly appointed to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
My priorities for Commerce and Aging and Older Adult Services include ensuring protections and stability for Pennsylvania companies and continuing to advocate for legislation that will improve senior services for our elderly community. As for the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, my goal is to help strike the proper balance between advancing industry and attracting business while ensuring there are prudent safeguards to protect the environment.
Governor’s Budget Address Set for Tuesday
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20.
We are looking forward to hearing the governor’s proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its series of hearings on the proposal on Feb. 11.
You can watch the address on my website repfritzpa.com at 11:30 a.m. and keep your eyes on my social media for updates and reactions.
Ensuring Victims’ Rights
Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims’ bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.
Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.
While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.
The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available on my website and at my district offices.
The program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid last year.
To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of Social Security income excluded.
Certain supplemental rebates can boost homeowner rebates up to $975. The supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue for qualifying homeowners.
Residents should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost.
Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.