Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
Governor Outlines 2014-15 Budget Proposal

Gov. Tom Corbett outlined a $29.4 billion state budget proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday. For the fourth year in a row, the budget includes only modest spending increases and no new or increased taxes. School funding is a top priority with more than $10.3 billion dedicated to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education, an increase of more than $360 million over the current year’s budget. Special education funding is increased by $20 million, and a new block grant program to boost student performance is created. The State System of Higher Education, which includes East Stroudsburg University, would be funded at the same level as the current year’s budget. The budget proposal also would increase funding to provide home and community-based services for an additional 1,250 individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. The House Appropriations Committee, on which Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) serves as a member, will hold a series of hearings on the budget starting Monday, Feb. 10. The hearings offer members the opportunity to question administration officials about their budgetary needs. For additional information, visit

Measure Ensures Eligibility for PACE/PACENET

A bill to ensure nearly 40,000 Pennsylvania seniors remain eligible for the state’s PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs has been approved by the General Assembly and is awaiting the governor’s signature. House Bill 777 would allow seniors who would be bumped from eligibility by Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to stay in the programs. The bill also expands eligibility to an additional 10,000 Pennsylvania seniors by deducting Medicare Part B premiums from one’s income. Current income eligibility levels for PACE are set at less than $14,500 for a single person and less than $17,700 for a couple. PACENET, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, is open to individuals earning between $14,500 and $23,500 and couples with incomes between $17,700 and $31,500. The programs are open to people age 65 and older. For more information about PACE and PACENET, visit and click on “Senior Citizen Benefits.”

House Scholarship Program Applications Available  

High school seniors may now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation. For more information about eligibility or to apply, interested students should visit and click on “House Scholarship Information.” The application deadline is March 1.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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