Jul. 21, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Voters to Decide Property Tax Relief Issue

This fall, voters will have the opportunity to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local governments – counties, municipalities and school districts – to exclude more of a home’s value in order to reduce its property taxes. Currently, an exclusion of up to 50 percent is permitted.

The referendum is made possible through House Bill 1285, which recently passed the House and Senate. It is identical to legislation approved during the last session – a requirement to amend the Constitution.

Voters will be able to consider the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 7 ballot.
                
         
Helping Military Families through Hardship

For more than a decade, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, which is partially funded through a state income tax check-off, has been helping active service members and their families meet basic expenses when facing extreme financial hardships.

House Bill 984 would ensure that the check-off is permanent, rather than having to be extended. Currently, the check-off has been extended three times and is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018.

To qualify for assistance, eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500. Learn more here.
                  
         
Free Cervical Screenings, Mammograms Available

Women who are uninsured or underinsured can receive free cervical cancer screenings and mammograms under the Pennsylvania HealthyWoman Program.

The program is open to women ages 40-64, who are state residents and have a gross household income below 250 percent of the federal poverty annual guideline, about $61,500 for a family of four.

If breast or cervical cancer is detected, the individual may be eligible for free treatment through the Department of Human Services’ Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program.

For more information, click here or call 1-800-215-7494.
                  
         
Take a Video Tour of the Dome

Ever wonder about the history of the Capitol Dome and what it looks like inside? Here’s a short video tour conducted by Jason Wilson, research historian with the Capitol Preservation Committee.

 
 Click here to view video.
                                     
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