July 01, 2020 More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 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. 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USC received a $200,000 grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to begin planning a new Global Environmental and Occupational Health hub in Ethiopia.Along with Addis Ababa University’s School of Public Health, the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Institute of Global Health will spend the next two years working closely with their Ethiopian collaborators to plan a center that will investigate health problems stemming from environmental issues.The National Institute of Health is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and gives out many research grants, whereas the Fogarty International Center specializes in partnering the U.S. and foreign countries to conduct research on global health.Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for Global Health, is a co-principal investigator for the project along with Professor Kiros Berhane, who is originally from Ethiopia. Samet said the team had “been looking to develop collaboration in Ethiopia,” partly because of Berhane’s roots.The two have been applying for grants for about a year and a half now for funding to establish the first GEOHealth hub.The next year will be spent making trips to Ethiopia to collaborators there, holding a workshop for stakeholders and identify what the high-priority projects are.“By the middle of year one we will put together a grand proposal to establishing the full GEOHealth hub,” Berhane said.In the second year of grant funding, the other three countries that are involved in the project — Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda — will be invited to help plan the hub.“I think what’s unique about this is that[it is] … an initiative funded by the National Institute of Health that we hope will lead on to the development of a larger center,” Samet said.Since the GEOHealth hub is still in early stages there are little opportunities for student involvement at the present moment, but organizers said this will soon change. Once up and running, the hub will provide opportunities for students in a variety of fields such as medicine and the sciences.Berhane also emphasized that the hub will be very “interdisciplinary,” as it involves “experts from climate change, from the healths, from exposure assessment and from some engineering aspects,” and therefore it might appeal to a variety of students, not just ones at Keck.Julie Paul, an undergraduate student majoring in Spanish, said she believes the health hub will benefit both students at USC and those in Ethiopia.“As someone who wants to eventually go to medical school, I think this project would be a cool thing to be involved in in a few years, and also is great for the people in Ethiopia who it will benefit,” Paul said.
Can Georgia somehow sneak a second SEC team into the 2019 College Football Playoff?That question will be answered on Saturday when No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Georgia play each other in the SEC championship game. With a win, LSU could become the top overall seed in the Playoff. Should the Bulldogs win, however, they risk knocking the Tigers to the No. 4 seed — or lower — while moving up to No. 3. The Tigers are an early favorite after a season that has seen them smash program and SEC records with its vaunted passing attack. Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson will be key players in the game, but so will Georgia’s Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift. Will the Bulldogs’ defense be enough to slow down that potent Tigers offense?We’ll just have to wait until Saturday to find out. Until then, here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.MORE: College Football Playoff updated rankingsWhere is ‘College GameDay’ location for conference championship weekend?Location: AtlantaMatchup: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 GeorgiaThis will be the eighth time “GameDay” visits Atlanta for the SEC championship game and the second time in two years. LSU is 3-0 when one of the featured teams in this matchup, including a 2-0 mark against Georgia. The Bulldogs have been featured in this game four times, losing all four appearances. ‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPNTV channel: ESPNStart time: 9 a.m. ETThe “College GameDay” crew of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and Desmond Howard will preview conference championship weekend’s action live from Atlanta. The game will be broadcast on CBS with kickoff set for 4 p.m. ET.WeekMatchupLocationGuest PickerCorso’s HeadgearOutcome0Miami at No. 8 FloridaOrlando, Fla.Michael IrvinGators24-20 Florida1No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 AuburnArlington, TexasBo JacksonDucks27-21 Auburn2No. 6 LSU at No. 9 TexasAustin, TexasMatthew McConaugheyTigers45-38 LSU3No. 20 Iowa at Iowa StateAmes, IowaEric ChurchCyclones18-17 Iowa4No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.JeezyBulldogs23-17 Georgia5No. 5 Ohio State at NebraskaLincoln, Neb.Gabrielle UnionBuckeyes48-7 Ohio State6No. 7 Auburn at No. 10 FloridaGainesville, Fla.Emmitt SmithGators24-13 Florida7No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSUBaton Rouge, La.John GoodmanTigers42-28 LSU8No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.Lara SpencerNittany Lions28-21 Penn State9No. 1 NDSU at No. 3 SDSU (FCS)Brookings, S.D.Pat McAfeeBison23-16 NDSU10No. 15 SMU at No. 24 MemphisMemphis, Tenn.Jerry LawlerMustangs54-48 Memphis11No. 1 LSU at No. 2 AlabamaTuscaloosa, Ala.Justin ThomasTigers46-41 LSU12No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 BaylorWaco, TexasChip and Joanna GainesBears34-31 Oklahoma13No. 9 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio StateColumbus, OhioEddie GeorgeBuckeyes28-17 Ohio State14No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 9 MinnesotaMinneapolisEric DeckerGophers38-17 WisconsinWho is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for conference championship weekend?”GameDay” has yet to announce fits guest picker for Saturday’s game, but considering LSU will be the home team (by way of the SEC’s rotating format) potential guests include Tigers fan and political commentator James Carville, self-described “lifelong fan” Tim McGraw or former LSU basketball standout — and Hall of Famer — Shaquille O’Neal.LSU vs. Georgia oddsSportsbook Review has LSU listed a 7-point favorite over Georgia. SN’s Bill Bender predicts a 34-26 win for the Tigers.
A mysterious illness appears to be affecting the endangered panthers and bobcats in South Florida.At least 10 panthers are having (or had) trouble walking, and wildlife experts don’t know why.Two cats died recently from other causes, but scientists confirmed they, too, were suffering from the apparent neurological disorder.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is monitoring the status of the cats on trail cameras.