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The John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322 in Quakertown, PA donated items to the 111th Attack Wing PA Air National Guard for military families in need prior to Christmas holiday. Shown left to right: Prior Vice Commander Col James Blaydon, 111TH Wing Commander Col Howard Eissler, Post Service Officer Vince Acquaviva Jr, Post Commander Paul Gerhart Jr, Post Chief of Staff Ed Brous, and 111th Command Chief CMSgt Paul Frisco. Senator Mensch appreciates all that our veteran organizations do for our veterans, their families, and the community.
Please join me Wednesday, April 8 for coffee and discussion of state topics. Bring a friend and any questions you may have.
The gathering will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Skippack Township Municipal Building located at 4089 Heckler Road in Skippack.
The event is free. For more information and to RSVP, please call our Pennsburg office at 215-541-2388. To view the event flyer, click here.
This edition of The Mensch Report features my discussion with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Senator Corman and I focused on the Senate’s legislative priorities, which include pension reform. I invite you to watch our discussion as we identify our goals for the 2015-2016 session calendar.
It is that time of year again! 2015 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules are now available. Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest.
The search results will provide each body of water within a county that is scheduled for stocking, the section of water, the date, the species of trout, the meeting place and time, the hatchery stocking the section, the regulations that apply and the latitude/longitude number.
The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout, and 525,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
Senator Mensch wished Margaret Osteyee a happy 100th birthday with family and friends in Arbour Square.
When Dr. Wendie Berg found out she had cancer, she wasn't that surprised. She knew she had dense breast tissue and a family history of breast cancer. Now, she says she is even more motivated to inform every woman in Pennsylvania of the risks associated with having dense breast tissue. Watch her story here.
The PA Breast Density Notification Act, which I sponsored, requires all women who receive mammograms to be notified of their tissue density. Dense tissue complicates early detection of breast cancer. Women who have extremely dense tissue are at a 4 to 6x greater risk of developing breast cancer.
If you have questions, contact the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Also, to help ensure women are getting the information they need, the PBCC offers a five-minute survey to women who have had a mammogram this year. You can take the survey here.
Application forms for the Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014.
Each resident who prepared or filed a paper rebate form last year not utilizing computer software should have received a 2014 application by now. Renters who prepared or filed claims last year using computer software rather than the PA-1000 booklet received letters by mail reminding them to apply for 2014 rebates and providing copies of the PA-1000 Rent Certificate.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that applications and free filing help are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Applications are also available online or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
More than $276 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 578,000 homeowners and renters across the state for taxes and rent paid in 2013.
The 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.
Forms are available online. Members of my staff are available to help you complete the form. If you need assistance or have any questions, call 215-541-2388.
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association for presented Senator Mensch with the “Friend of the Food Industry” Award.
Taxes are due on April 15, and my district offices have some state tax forms available. To obtain forms, please call any of my district offices to request the items you need. Forms can be picked up at my district offices or mailed to your home. In addition, PA Department of Revenue forms can be found here, and IRS forms can be found here.
Some federal tax forms will be made available at my office in the near future. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS is unable to provide instruction booklets for Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ to my offices. Constituents can obtains copies of the instructions through:
As suspected identity theft and fraudulent personal income tax claims in other states gain attention, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is working to ensure personal income tax refunds are paid to their rightful owners.
Last year, the department instituted additional security measures to identify and intercept fraudulent refund filings and require additional identity validation steps before issuing refunds. In light of an emerging increase in suspicious filings in other states, the department is taking the following actions:
The department encourages taxpayers who used Internet-based tax filing programs last year to access their online accounts and determine whether returns they did not file are shown as filed under their Social Security numbers. If a taxpayer discovers he or she is a victim of identity theft impacting a Pennsylvania tax return, he or she should take all of the following steps:
If a taxpayer suspects a notice or call concerning tax records is a scam, he or she may call the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (717-787-8201) or IRS (1-800-829-1040) to validate the contact.
The TriCounty Chamber of Commerce recently joined Senator Mensch for a Legislative Coffee. (L to R): Congressman Ryan Costello, Representative Ryan Mackenzie, Tri County Area CC ED Eileen Dautrich, Representative Tim Hennessey, Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh, Representative David Maloney, Limerick Township Manager Daniel Kerr, Glenn Ebersole and Alex Rahn.
You hear about it all too often in the news: An unsuspecting homeowner victimized by thieves posing as utility company workers to gain entry and rob the house. You can prevent utility imposters from targeting you by taking precautions to protect yourself.
Individuals claiming to represent the “water company” or another utility will approach the resident and use a variety of excuses to enter the home. For example, they are supposedly investigating a “dirty water” complaint by a neighbor or checking water pressure due to a main break nearby. Once inside the home, the imposters typically divert the resident’s attention by sending him/her to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet while they or an accomplice robs another area of the home.
First, it is extremely rare for utility company personnel to show up at a customer’s home without an appointment. However, if a utility worker comes to your door and you are not expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. All utility personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles and wear photo ID badges with the company’s logo. (IMPORTANT: Company employees will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer’s home or business.)
Don’t be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual’s identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, contact your utility provider to ensure that the visit is legitimate before allowing them into your home.
You can review Montgomery County’s 2015 Community Recycling events by clicking here. Events include household hazardous waste events, paper shredding events, and tire collection events.
Your thoughts are important to me, and I encourage you to complete my Jan.- March survey here if you haven’t already. Please be assured your survey submission will be reviewed and your opinions noted. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Senator Mensch presented Representative Craig Staats with a certificate during his office open house in Quakertown. Also pictured is Commissioner Robert Loughery.
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