State Capitol Roundup
2/21/2014
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available 
Forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2013 are now available. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. 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. Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters); $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters); $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only); and $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only). Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Mifflin) Bellefonte office at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30. For additional information or assistance, contact Benninghoff’s office at 814-355-1300, or visit his website at www.KerryBenninghoff.com.

FAFSA Deadline Approaching 
The 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal grants, the need-based Pennsylvania State Grant, many scholarships, reduced-cost federal student loans, work-study programs, and many school-based student aid programs. Completing a FAFSA is a vital step students and families should take when looking for assistance in covering higher education costs. Since schools have different financial aid deadlines, families should complete and submit the FAFSA to the federal government prior to the earliest due date for financial aid applications. The Pennsylvania State Grant deadline is May 1 for all applicants submitting a renewal and first-time applicants in degree and transfer programs. For more information on the FAFSA and for a list of completion events in our area, visit Benninghoff’s website at www.KerryBenninghoff.com.

Waters Announced for 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced it will offer its Mentored Youth Fishing Day program across the state this year, giving young people another opportunity to discover the joy of fishing. The Mentored Youth Fishing Day pilot was launched in 2013 in 18 counties in southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania. Under the program, youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor angler, who has a current fishing license and trout permit, to fish in designated waters. More than 3,700 adult anglers registered 5,110 kids for the fishing opportunity last year. For the 2014 fishing season, the first Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be held on March 22 on 12 waters in southcentral and southeast counties. In the remaining areas of the state, the Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be held on April 5 on any of 29 waterways participating in the event. For more information on participating waterways and how to sign up for the Mentored Youth Fishing Days, visit Benninghoff’s website at www.KerryBenninghoff.com.
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