Right-Sizing the Pennsylvania General Assembly
This week, the House State Government Committee voted in favor of two bills to reduce the size of the state House and Senate. House Bill 153 would reduce the size of the House by 52 seats, from 203 to 151. House Bill 384 would reduce the size of the Senate from 50 members to 37.
Heating Assistance Extended Through May
Homeowners struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program was scheduled to end in early April but was extended due to the severity of the winter across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The Wayne County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the state’s Cultural and Historical Grant Program, Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wane) announced today.
HARRISBURG – The Pike County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the state’s Cultural and Historical Grant Program, Reps. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Pike/Monroe) and Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wane) announced today.
HARRISBURG – Applications are now available for Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Rep. Mike Peifer (R- Pike/Wayne) said today.
This week marked the beginning of “budget season” in Harrisburg, and on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget priorities and spending plan to a joint session of the General Assembly. A 16 percent budget increase from last year, Wolf presented a $33.8 billion proposal that would take us to historic levels of spending, with nearly $4.7 billion in new spending alone. As proposed, Pennsylvania families would see a 21 percent increase in their Personal Income Tax liabilities.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) announced today that his legislation to help school entities make up instructional time following a weather-, health- or safety-related emergency passed the House unanimously, and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.
Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2014 are now available. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2014. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) today encouraged local governments, businesses and municipal authorities to review the state grant programs now available through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for a variety of environmental initiatives, as well as transportation and alternative energy programs.
HARRISBURG – Fire and emergency response organizations in the 139th Legislative District have been awarded more than $390,000 in state grants, Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) announced today.
HONESDALE – Rep. Mike Peifer’s (R-Pike/Wayne) office has moved to a new location as a result of legislative redistricting.
HONESDALE – Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) issued the following statement in response to the capture of Eric Frein:
HARRISBURG – The Pike County Conservation District has been awarded a $188,000 grant for water quality testing, Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced today.