More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_img July 01, 2020 More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced more than 310,000 Pennsylvanians have received their rebates early through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which provides support to older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities.Governor Wolf called on the Department of Revenue, the agency that administers the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, to work with the Treasury Department to issue rebates before July 1. Today is typically the earliest day that rebates can be issued under Pennsylvania law. However, the signing in May of Act 20 of 2020 allowed rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019 to be issued earlier than normal to provide financial support to eligible Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 pandemic.“These rebates on property taxes and rent have added importance this year, because they have provided support to our older and vulnerable residents at a time when they may need it most,” said Gov. Wolf. “I thank Treasurer Torsella and the department for distributing the rebates earlier than normal. We will keep that hard work going in the coming weeks so that we continue delivering rebates to older Pennsylvanians and others who benefit from this program.”“Treasury has worked tirelessly knowing how important each rebate is to so many Pennsylvanians during what is an already difficult time,” said Treasurer Torsella. “Nearly $162 million in payments have been distributed a month and a half ahead of the usual July 1 start date. Treasury is grateful to the General Assembly for the swift action to help this coordinated effort and will continue to work closely with the governor’s administration to process rebate payments making sure those that benefit from the PTRR program receive them quickly.”Revenue and Treasury officials are also reminding claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program that the process for distributing rebates is different than in prior years. Although 311,785 rebates have been issued, there are still claims that are being processed.The claims will be processed on a first-in-first-out basis, meaning some claimants will receive their rebates earlier than others. This process is different than in prior years, when there was a large distribution of rebates on July 1 that accounted for the vast majority of rebates that were issued in a given claim year.It’s free to apply for a rebate, and claimants who need help with their application forms should know that free assistance is available at locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Claimants are encouraged to call ahead to make sure that the location they plan to visit has resumed operations. Additionally, the Department of Revenue is asking claimants who plan to visit the department’s district offices to call ahead to make an appointment. Check the department’s COVID-19 information page for updates and contact information.“We recognize that many people who benefit from this program have been staying at home while the locations where they typically go for assistance with their applications have been closed,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We want claimants to know that we are here to help them file their application forms, whether that is over the phone or at one of our district offices.”Steps to Follow if You Haven’t Submitted Your ApplicationFor eligible applicants who have yet to file their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application, the Department of Revenue is offering help for those who need it. Eligible claimants are encouraged to call 717-772-9236 for guidance. Please keep in mind that department staff will work as quickly as possible to help claimants with their applications.The Department of Revenue website has the Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim form (PA-1000) and related information.Tips for Checking the Status of Your RebateApplicants who included their bank account information on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form (PA-1000) will receive their rebates through direct deposit. Applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail.The Department of Revenue is encouraging claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to use online tools and other automated resources to check the status of their rebates or ask a question.Claimants who already applied for rebates may use the Where’s My PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate? tool to check the status of their rebate. You will need your Social Security number, claim year and date of birth to use this tool.Call 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of your rebate. This automated toll-free service is available 24 hours a day. You will need your Social Security number, date of birth and the anticipated amount of your rebate to use this service.Claimants who included their phone number on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application form (PA-1000) will receive automated calls from the Department of Revenue updating them on the status of their claim. Claimants should know that these automated phone calls require no further action. They will not be asked to key in any numbers or to provide any additional information.Claimants can visit the department’s Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The Online Customer Service Center also allows you to submit a question to a Department of Revenue representative through a secure process that is similar to sending an email.About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate ProgramThe rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. It is free to apply for a rebate.The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announces date for NFL draft decision

first_imgI’ll be making my decision on the 6th.. God bless and Roll Tide— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) January 2, 2020MORE: Injury update, return date, latest updates on TagovailoaAffecting Tagovailoa’s decision, of course, is the season-ending hip injury he suffered in Alabama’s Nov. 16 game against Mississippi State. Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip — a high-impact injury more often seen in car crashes — and posterior wall fracture. Tagovailoa’s draft status was immediately impacted, not only because of his dislocated hip, but also because it added to an injury history that also includes high-ankle sprains to both his legs.Tagovailoa in late November said this was not a decision he could rush, and admitted the potential loss of money changed his perception on whether to leave. Prior to his injury, he was considered a lock as a top-five pick.”You think of risk-reward on coming back, you think of risk-reward on leaving,” Tagovailoa said in an interview with ESPN. “Now is not the time to be making emotional decisions. Now, you have to change into thinking as a businessman. You have to make business decisions.” The date has been set for what could be the most impactful NFL draft decision of the college football offseason.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, mulling a decision to return to Tuscaloosa or declare for the 2020 NFL draft, announced on Twitter that he’d make his decision on Monday. MORE: What’s next for Nick Saban, Tagovailoa at Alabama?If Tagovailoa elected to return in 2020, he wouldn’t be the first big player to come back to school: Linebacker Dylan Moses, projected to be a first-round pick by Sporting News, announced he would return to school as well.Should he leave, however, Alabama would have several players who could challenge for the starting quarterback position, including incumbent starter Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson, four-star quarterbacks in the class of 2019, and Bryce Young, the top overall quarterback in the class of 2020.last_img read more

Winnipeg Jets extend head coach Paul Maurice, colorful quotes here to stay

first_imgNHL TRADE DEADLINE: Winnipeg Jets plans | 10 players likely on the move Over the course of more than 700 wins and 1,500 games coached in 22 seasons with the Jets, Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maurice has definitely provided some gems for the most seasoned of scribes and hardcore fans. Not one to ever hold back, or use a filter, here’s a quick look at his colorful usage of the English language and some money bites he’s produced just in recent memory.Jan. 8, 2020Maurice opined on the NHL’s 3-on-3 overtime session.“So, I didn’t care for 3-on-3 when it came in, but I think it’s outstanding … If you’re going to spend money to come see a game, somebody should win, somebody should lose. The 3-on-3 is a … I can’t use the words that I want to use that came to my head. It’s a free-for-all of fecal matter. It’s a s—show out there and, ah, that’s great.”Feb. 7, 2019After saying, “We were all horses— tonight,” after the team’s loss to Montreal he added this bite: The Winnipeg Jets announced on Wednesday the signing of head coach Paul Maurice to a multi-year extension.It was a smart move for the Manitoba team considering he has led the Jets to back-to-back playoff appearances, the team is on the cusp for a berth this year and he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer. While earlier in the season this move was definitely unexpected as the Jets were bounced early from the 2019 postseason and have had an up-and-down season, his firing or non-extension could have deprived the NHL — and reporters — of one of the most entertaining quote-producing coaches. #NHLJets coach Paul Maurice after 5-2 loss in Montreal: “Coach was no good. Players were no good. Food was no good. I just hope the plane works.” #wfp— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) February 8, 2019Oct. 4, 2019Following 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.”The first period was like eating a sand sandwich on toast. And then, it devolved or got way better into nobody defended so it got pretty darn exciting at the end.”Jan. 16, 2020In response to the string of fellow coaches being fired, including Peter DeBoer and Gerard Gallant.Paul Maurice on how a coach firing is like the end of a marriage:”You come home one day and she says, ‘Paul we’re going in a different direction.And there’s going to be a press conference in three hoursAnd we’re going to talk about how great the new husband’s going to be.'”— Murat Ates (@WPGMurat) January 16, 2020Sept. 17, 2019When Patrik Laine, 21, questioned his ice time and line quality during training camp.“I’ll use my driver’s license analogy: nobody gets the keys at 14.”last_img read more

13 White House hopefuls address 13,000+ at Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser

first_imgDES MOINES — Thirteen presidential candidates took center stage Friday night in the largest sports arena in Iowa’s capital city, for the largest event before Iowa’s February 3 Caucuses.More than 13,000 people were in the venue for the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew the slot to give the opening pitch, offering a 2020 argument with a throw back to some of Barack Obama’s 2008 message.“If talking about hope and belonging sounds optimistic to you for a time like this, fine,” Buttigieg said. “Call it optimistic, but do not call it naive, because I believe these things not based on my age, but based on my experience.”Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t name names, but she sliced into rivals like Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden for running “safe” campaign with “vague ideas designed not to offend.”“And anyone who comes on this stage and tells you to dream small and give up early is not going to lead our party to victory,” Warren said.During his turn at the center of the arena stage, Biden suggested Warren’s support of “Medicare for All” was a liability and the former vice president closed by emphasizing America’s standing on the world stage.“The next president is going to be the commander-in-chief of a world in disarray,” Biden said, adding a sentiment that’s been his core message: “There’s going to be no time for on-the-job training.”Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the other candidate knotted at the top of recent polls along with Biden, Buttigieg and Warren, opened his remarks by saying he’d donated $20,000 to the Iowa Democratic Party, “to make sure that in this vitally important battleground state we take back Iowa in the General Election and defeat Trump and defeat him badly.”Sanders rented space across the street for his supporters to watch as he delivered remarks at the party fundraiser.California Senator Kamala Harris argued winning in 2020 means looking to the future rather than to yesterday.“We’re going to need a nominee on that stage with…who has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump,” Harris said, “and Iowa, you’re looking at her.”Amy Klobuchar told the crowd Democrats must “win big” in order to take action on gun laws and campaign finance reform.“And when people tell me that a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, I tell them Nancy Pelosi does it every single day,” Klobuchar said.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker focused on a response to the “moral vandalism” of Trump’s presidency.“With a president who tries to divide us, the end for Democrats shouldn’t be to beat Republicans,” Booker said. “The calling of this party must be to unite Americans again in common cause and common purpose.”New York businessman Andrew Yang urged Iowa Caucus-goers to change the course of history.“The only way we will do anything is if you are to create a wave,” Yang said, “…and bring that wave crashing down on our heads.”Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro suggested Democrats must expand their message.“We’re great at talking about the middle class…but we also need to fight for the poor and those who have the least,” Castro said.The other Texan who had been scheduled to speak in the arena dropped out of the race late Friday afternoon. Beto O’Rourke told supporters outside there’s wasn’t a path for him to win the presidential nomination.“I love you all and I know I will be seeing you down the road,” O’Rourke said shortly before the program inside the arena began.His exit shocked backers who were in Des Moines for the event. Peggy Crowe, a supporter of O’Rourke’s presidential campaign as well as his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2018, flew in from Asheville, North Carolina.“I never knew anything about politics and after Trump got elected, I knew I couldn’t be complacent,” she said.Bruce and Verlane Edwards of West Des Moines are undecided voters who think O’Rourke may be a good running mate for their party’s 2020 nominee. Bruce Edwards has Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Harris on his list for Caucus night.“Quality people there,” he said before Friday night’s program began. “Biden, we’ve always loved and adored him, but he’s over-the-hill and he really needs to get out and endorse somebody else.”Verlane Edwards likes Harris, but after Hillary Clinton’s loss, she’s worried the country isn’t ready to elect a woman and she’s worried about Biden’s age, too.“I’m looking for someone younger. I’m a little tired of the old white guys,” she said. “I love Pete. I think he’s wonderful. I see a big group here for him.”Fran Mersnick and a friend drove from Pacific Junction to Des Moines to cheer for Buttigieg on Friday night “because Pete is intelligent. He has good plans. I believe in what he’s saying and what he’s going. He’s just an all-around great person and we think that he can win.”Don Hirt of Eldora, who sat in Warren’s cheering section, said all the candidates are good, but Warren is “a tiny bit better.”“Legitimate, real, approachable,” Hirt said. “I saw her speak up in Iowa Falls…at a small venue. She just seems very genuine.”Hollie Gray, Jr. of West Des Moines is another undecided voter who’s worried about nominating a candidate who’s an advocate for free college and Medicare for All.“I say this and I don’t mean it to be rude, but nothing in life is free,” Gray said. “It has to be paid for somehow, some way.”Mandy Lundberg of Indianalo, a Republican-turned-Democrat who describes herself as “anti-Trump”, heard Harris speak in Ankeny Thursday, immediately became a supporter.“I felt like I wanted to hashtag #lawyeredup or something because she was very matter of fact, like: ‘This is the argument…Can we just agree to work together on this?’” said Lundberg, who was among those in the Harris cheering section Friday night.Geena Schmidt of West Des Moines sat in the Yang section. She became a Yang supporter after a friend connected her to the campaign through social media.“I like how progressive he is for prison reform and drug reform and, of course, the ‘Freedom Dividend,’” Schmidt said. “But I really like how progressive he is for marijuana and opioids.”Yang and most of the other candidates who spoke Friday night in Des Moines are campaigning around the state this weekend.last_img read more