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Lieutenant Governor Stack Visits Homer Center School District
I was pleased to join Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Representative Dave Reed during a recent visit to the Homer Center School District. The quality programs being offered to the students are quite impressive!
Legislation Would Help Identify and Eliminate Welfare Fraud
Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and Human Services are two of the fastest-growing expenses in the state budget. It is critical for lawmakers to make sure these programs can continue to help those in need while cracking down on individuals who try to cheat the system.
I am a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 425 legislation that would help eliminate welfare waste and abuse by hiring more staff in the Office of Inspector General to investigate fraud claims. On average, each welfare investigator currently identifies approximately $1.2 million in overpayments or fraud, which results in a significant net savings to taxpayers.
Similar legislation was approved by the Senate last session with bipartisan support.
Anyone who has information regarding welfare fraud is encouraged to call the Office of Inspector General’s toll-free welfare fraud tipline at (800) 932-0582.
Community Unites to Fight Opioid Abuse
I was pleased to participate in the kickoff for the “Drugs Kill Dreams” program. Special thanks to Armstrong County Magisterial District Judge, J. Gary DeComo and Armstrong County Memorial Hospital for their work on this important project.
Apply Now for Grants to Curb Underage and Dangerous Drinking
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is now accepting applications from schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit institutions for two-year grants aimed at reducing underage and dangerous drinking.
Grants are intended to fund programs that focus on proven strategies to discourage and reduce both underage and dangerous drinking. The grant cycle is for up to two years, from July 2017 through June 2019, with a maximum award of $20,000 per year and $40,000 over two years.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds, and grant amounts will be determined by the Bureau of Alcohol Education.
Only one grant application per organization, school, municipality, or institution of higher education may be submitted. The deadline for submission is March 31. The application is available at www.lcb.pa.gov. Click on Education, then Programs. Instructions and frequently asked questions can also be found there.
Financial Field Manual for Military, Veterans Now Available
The Department of Banking and Securities recently published a personal finance guide designed to serve all current or former members of the military. The “Financial Field Manual” also contains information especially important for Pennsylvania residents who joined the U.S. armed forces after 2006 or will do so before the end of 2017.
The “Financial Field Manual” can be downloaded for free from the Department’s website: www.dobs.pa.gov/Documents/Publications/Brochures/Financial%20Field%20Manual%20for%20Military%20Families.pdf
Anyone who joins the armed forces between 2006 and the end of next year will face a new challenge: whether to stick with the retirement system that has been in place for decades or choose a new, blended plan that includes both a pension and contributions to the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan. Those who enlist in 2018 and later years will automatically go into the blended system. The “Financial Field Manual” can help the former group choose which plan works best for their individual financial needs and goals.
The “Financial Field Manual” was produced by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and is made possible by a partnership between the PA Department of Banking and Securities, the Investor Protection Trust, and the Investor Protection Institute.
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