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Legislation Seeks New Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans
Throughout Pennsylvania’s history, our state has been blessed with an extraordinary number of men and women who were willing to answer the call to serve in the military. Many of these brave individuals sacrificed their health and wellbeing in order to protect our freedoms, and they live with a daily reminder of the cost of war in the form of permanent disabilities.
I recently joined the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in an effort to ensure more disabled veterans would be eligible for property tax exemptions. Under current law, an honorably discharged veteran must be 100 percent disabled to receive a total exemption from paying property taxes. The new proposal we are sponsoring would provide tax exemptions to all disabled veterans based on their level of disability.
The proposal would require an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, so it must be approved by the General Assembly in two consecutive legislative sessions and be approved by voter referendum.
Next week, lawmakers will have an opportunity to study this plan during a joint public hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 26. I am optimistic that other legislators will see the value in supporting this legislation and acknowledging the incredible efforts of veterans who were injured in the line of duty.
Governor Missed an Opportunity During Washington County Visit
Governor Wolf held a press event at the Washington County Courthouse last week to discuss the current budget impasse. I was hopeful the Governor would take this valuable opportunity to discuss our regional priorities and address some of the greatest areas of local concern with his budget proposal, including a job-killing severance tax and an income tax hike that would hit many middle class families throughout the region. I was deeply disappointed that the event turned out to be nothing more than promoting the same failed agenda he proposed in March.
Community residents deserve real answers regarding how the Governor’s proposals would adversely affect our region. Treating the event as just another lecture was a missed opportunity for Governor Wolf. The full text of my statement in reaction to the Governor’s visit is available here.
Beaver County Satellite Office Ready to Assist Local Constituents
My district offices provide a wealth of information to community residents regarding state government services. My staff and I are able to help with a wide variety of questions and concerns, including problems related to state agencies or questions about government programs.
In addition to my regular offices in Canonsburg, Waynesburg and Monongahela, I also have a satellite office in Beaver County to meet the needs of community residents. This office is open the second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hopewell Township Building, located at 1700 Clark Blvd., Aliquippa, PA 15001.
If I can be of assistance on any issue pertaining to state government, I encourage you to contact me.
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